Eat Like a Local: 4 Alaska Food Restaurants in the Inside Passage

by Margaret Adsit

Dining on authentic Alaska food in the Inside Passage in Southeast Alaska can be an unforgettable experience. On your next Alaskan cruise, discover these four classic restaurants that are beloved by locals.

1. The Rookery Cafe: Classy Fare with a Cozy Atmosphere in Downtown Juneau

When you're busy in historic downtown Juneau, the Rookery Cafe always feeds the need for a little pick-me-up coffee and croissant. Their burgers are mouthwatering, especially with a side of the must-have mac and cheese or the beet salad with whipped goat cheese. They make their food with seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible (pretty remarkable, considering Juneau's remoteness). They're open from breakfast through dinner.

Location: Rookery Cafe is close to the intersection of Seward and Front Streets (111 Seward St., Juneau, AK 99801).

2. Tracy's King Crab Shack: Authentic Alaskan Seafood Just Off the Port in Juneau

Everyone has heard of Alaskan king crab, but where can you find some of the best, most mouthwatering seafood in Alaska? Local favorite Tracy's King Crab Shack offers a whole bucket of crab legs served with melted butter. This little no-frills eatery also delights customers with its delicious, creamy crab bisque. It might just be the best seafood you'll eat on your trip to the Inside Passage.

Location: Find Tracy's King Crab Shack near the cruise ship docks (406 S. Franklin St., Juneau, AK 99801. Local's hint: It's behind Trove).

3. Bar Harbor Restaurant: A Quaint Dinner Spot That Highlights Local Flavors in the Coastal Town of Ketchikan

Make sure you make reservations if you want to experience this intimate dining experience, where pot roast and vegetarian entrees compete for the hearts of guests. The service is outstanding here, and they work very hard to make you feel at home.

Location: You'll find Bar Harbor Restaurant on Tongass Avenue, between 2nd and 3rd Avenue (2813 Tongass Ave., Ketchikan, AK 99901).

4. Skagway Brewing Company: Great Food + Great Beer = A Great Time

There are few things that Alaskans love more than fish and chips and craft beer. Skagway Brewing Company succeeds at both great seafood and tasty microbrews. Definitely try their beer sampler with the fish and chips combo or dig into one of their seven specialty burgers served with a side of hand-cut fries.

Location: Skagway Brewing Company is one block from the Skagway Museum (7th Ave. and Broadway, Skagway, AK 99840).

Can't decide which Inside Passage restaurant you'd like to go to? Try them all! Prepare your taste buds for an Alaska food adventure.

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