Top Restaurants in Alaska
Collected by Jenna Schnuer, AFAR Local Expert
Alaska might be considered the “last frontier,” but you won’t have to settle for Gold Rush staples like hardtack and jerky. The local diet now includes pho, just-baked croissants, and the freshest fish you can imagine.
229.7 Parks Hwy, Denali National Park and Preserve, AK 99755, USA
There’s got to be something wrong with the judges of the James Beard Awards. They keep getting the chance to give the top nod to 229 Parks’ chef, Laura Cole (she’s been nominated for Best Chef: Northwest twice), but they...
1343 G St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Fire Island, in the heart of South Addition, one of Anchorage’s oldest neighborhoods, handcrafts an astonishingly delicious array of baked goods, breads, sandwiches, and savory delights that keep locals lining up for more. The bakery uses as much...
388 Old Chena Pump Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709, USA
Fairbanks has a seriously deep bench when it comes to great Thai restaurants. Like, deep enough that locals have strong opinions on their favorite place to go. They get downright New York pushy about it (this coming from a New Yorker who lives in...
215 Front St, Wrangell, AK 99929, USA
Is breakfast theater a thing? Not yet? Well, it should be—and anybody who starts their morning at the Diamond C would probably agree. No matter what’s on your agenda for the day—bear viewing, fishing, shrimping, poking around...
320 3rd Ave, Seward, AK 99664, USA
Starting a day in Seward without a walk around town and a stop—a long stop—at Resurrect Art Coffee House would be simply ridiculous. The baristas are religious about serving excellent espresso drinks in this former church, a...
27635 Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99540, USA
Don’t blast past this easy-to-drive-by restaurant on the Seward Highway. Open since June 2017, Froth & Forage looks like an unassuming sandwich joint. And it does serve some sandwiches. But you’re not going to get, say, a ham and...
4460 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, AK 99603, USA
The Homer Spit is home to, for the most part, summer-only businesses that cater to tourists, fishermen, and weekend adventurers aplenty. So there’s long been an emphasis on fried halibut and other related goodies. The Spit’s food cred...
107 Beach Rd W, Unalakleet, AK 99684, USA
Sitting on the edge of the Bering Sea, the village of Unalakleet is, of course, stunning in its stark beauty. But the off-the-road-system village also offers plenty of surprises, including damn good pizza. Even full-on pizza snobs won’t...
3311 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA
When it rains that kind of nasty gray-day cold rain that happens in Anchorage, point your car toward Pho Lena. Keep this restaurant in your back pocket in case you’re lucky enough to encounter some real Alaskan weather while in town (or if...
13618 E Main St, Talkeetna, AK 99676, USA
Is it lunch? Or a snack? Or perhaps an appetizer before you head across the street to Denali Brewpub? Oh, who cares—just make sure you eat some of the spinach bread served up out of the gleaming Airstream on Main Street. A word of warning:...
1 West Ishmailof, Halibut Cove, AK 99603, USA
The Slow Food people could learn a thing or two from The Saltry when it comes to really stretching out the pacing of a meal: This restaurant sits a beautiful one-hour ride away on the Danny J ferry (one of the cutest ferries ever), across...
1951 Fox Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701, USA
Visitors are often surprised to find that Fairbanks summers run hot, hot, hot! And you’ll stay hot hanging out in front of HooDoo—but you’ll have one of the tastiest beers you can remember in your hand and some new friends at...
Anchorage, AK, USA
Alaska has a booming microbrewery scene, but it’s hard to tour (and taste) your way through a bunch of breweries without some insider info. Big Swig Tours will take you on behind-the-scenes tours of breweries and set more than a few beers in...
429 E St, Anchorage, AK 99501, USA
Take your place in line, check the street sign to see what the flavors of the week are (or send somebody up to the shop door to take a peek), and start planning your order. Most of Wild Scoops' ice creams are made with locally sourced ingredients....
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