Fresh King Salmon at Anchorage's Glacier Brewhouse
With a whopping average size of twenty to twenty-five pounds (and fifty pounds being considered trophy size), King Salmon are one of Alaska's crown jewels. The season opens up every year in May, and in Anchorage as well as all over America's 49th state, there is a buzz among locals about who has caught the first massive King. I headed over to Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, a rustic and lively restaurant within walking distance of The Historic Anchorage Hotel where I was staying downtown, to try my first bite of Alaskan King Salmon. I was not disappointed: until you have fresh, wild-caught salmon for the first time, you don't know what salmon really tastes like. I savored every bite, topped it off with their world famous bread pudding in a Yukon jack sauce, and strolled home in the summer light, still going bright at 10 o'clock in the evening.
This brewpub is known for its killer peanut butter pie and the motto, “Where Alaskans Meet Alaskans.” There’s a wood-fired brick oven for pizzas, a grill and rotisserie for burgers, seafood, steak and lots of gluten-free options and pasta and salads. Favorites include herb-crusted halibut and crab legs, and, of course, beer.