If you’ve never considered Alaska to be a culinary destination, you are missing a gem hidden in the valleys of the mountains, near the glaciers of Southern Alaska.
Alaska is home to some of the finest, freshest seafood in the world with breweries and distilleries that provide a full culinary experience.
Here are 7 must-try places to eat and drink:
Sacks Cafe, Anchorage
Sacks Cafe in Anchorage is a hip and trendy bistro that sits quietly on G street. The vibe here is young, vibrant, and fun. Bright, airy, and colorful, it opens to a long bar and table seating. Their full menu covers starters, soups, salads, and entrees.
Be sure to try their fresh tomato soup, which comes topped with crumbled gorgonzola cheese, which gives it rich flavor and depth. Here you’ll find fine food; friendly service; and a relaxed, casual atmosphere that sets this restaurant apart
One dish that was very tempting, but I didn’t get a chance to try was their fried egg sandwich, which sounded divine. One egg cooked over-medium is served with a chipotle aïoli, black forest ham, roasted tomato, melted Jack and Cheddar cheeses, an Rnglish muffin and served with a side of fries. If I ever get a chance to go back, this will definitely be on my table!
Halsingland Hotel, Haines
If you find yourself in Haines, don’t miss a tasting at the Commander’s Room Restaurant at Hotel Halsingland. This charming restaurant has a comfortable atmosphere, great service, and incredible food.
This restaurant offers creative and unique entrees that are lovingly prepared using the freshest ingredients. Nearly everything on their menu is made from scratch, and they have unique, special desserts such as homemade ice cream, sorbets, and a warm rhubarb apple crisp with a mascarpone semifreddo.
Owned by Jeff and Shannon Butcher for the last 14 years, here you’ll find fine food; friendly service; and a relaxed, casual atmosphere that sets this restaurant apart.
Here are two incredible dishes from their menu that I highly recommend:
Grilled halibut filet with Alaska spot prawns
This phenomenal layered dish starts with a perfectly grilled halibut filet that sits atop a parmesan, leek, rice noodle flan, then is topped with local Alaska spot prawns tossed in a spicy, smoky seasoning and garnished frizzled leeks with an orange sauce piquillo peppered coulis.
House-made rabbit sausage
Also incredible was their delicate rabbit sausage, served with black beluga lentils cooked with red wine, surrounded by a green peppercorn brandy and mustard sauce and artfully decorate with purple chive flowers straight from their garden.
La Baleine Café, Homer
La Baleine Café sits on Homer Spit Road in downtown Homer, Alaska.
Owned by Kirsten and Mandy Dixon, their menu offers fresh organic and local ingredients.
La Baleine offers generous portions and beautifully plated food. A must-have on the menu is the Alaska crab melt, a local favorite and featured recipe from their cookbook. Served on a garlic hoagie roll, the bun is filled with meaty crab meat then covered in cheddar, caramelized onions, and braised leeks, then heated until warm and melted. An absolutely fantastic sandwich that you don’t want to miss!
Also on the menu, along with their hot sandwiches, is a selection of deli sandwiches that are as stuffed as their ever-popular Alaska crab melt. Specifically, the seasalt sandwich, served on marbled rye bread has copious amounts of fresh vegetables (coleslaw, avocado, tomato, cucumber, and red onion), and is lavished with a white bean spread and topped with Havarti cheese.
There is one thing for sure with a visit to La Baliene, you will leave full and completely satisfied.