Edible Travel: The Alaska Road Trip
After spending 10 years marketing seafood, Mary Smith joined her husband on board a 50-foot freezer troller in southeast Alaska. They now direct market their frozen-at-sea king and coho salmon through Springline Seafood. Smith holds an Associate’s degree from the Culinary Institute of America and a Bachelor’s degree from Northland College. Mary is the Publisher and Editor of Edible Alaska.
Even though Alaska is the largest state in the U.S., Mary has done a great job of putting together a list of their favorites, listed here. You couldn’t have a better guide.
In Southeast Alaska
Ludwig’s Bistro for fine dining, or check out their Chowder Cart at the Sitka Sound Science Center, or grab a bite at their Wine Bar. The Bistro and Chowder Cart are seasonal, but the Wine Bar is open year round.
The Raven Dining Room and Kadataan Lounge at the Westmark Hotel do a great job with local seafood, and you have to try one of Ramon’s mojito’s - they are the best - especially when wild salmonberries are in season! If you’re doing some recreational fishing, arrange for them to cook your catch up - the hotel chefs will prepare a family style meal out of your fish!
Baranof Island Brewing Company - to try a real local treat you’ll want to sip on their Sitka Spruce Tip Ale.
If you’re there in the summer seek out Ashmo’s, an awesome food truck with tons of seafood options.
Check out this feature we ran for the best eats in Juneau!
You can also let Juneau Food Tours take care of you. Midgi is a local expert and we highly recommend letting her show you around.
We absolutely love the 50 Fathoms Gin from the Port Chilkoot Distillery in Haines.
Don’t miss Icy Strait Brewing in Hoonah.
If you stop for a soak at Tenakee Hot Springs, grab a snack (like a cinnamon roll) at The Bakery.
Spend some time with Big Swig Tours. They’ll help you have a well-rounded, beer-focused experience.
Don’t miss Anchorage’s new cidery, Double Shovel Cider!
The Bear Tooth Theatre Pub is a great time with wonderful food.
Grab some casual grub at the Spenard Roadhouse.
Or stuff your face at Tommy’s Burger Stop.
The Crow’s Nest at the Captain Cook Hotel lets you enjoy a 5-star meal with an amazing view.
Driving North from Anchorage to Fairbanks
Belly up to the bar at Lavelle’s Bistro, great food and a chance to order local beers on tap.
Take a soak in the Chena Hot Springs then enjoy a salad harvested from their year-round greenhouses and learn how they are harnessing geothermal energy.
Driving South from Anchorage
Make sure your first stop is Girdwood. Enjoy a great meal with lots of local love at Jack Sprat.
Hop on the tram at the Alyeska resort and climb up to 2300 feet to dine at 7 Glaciers. Amazing food, local focus.
The coastal towns of Homer and Seward are popular destinations for their local seafood. Don’t miss these local breweries in both towns!
Homer has a ton of great restaurants, don’t miss:
If Cordova in the East is on your list, don’t miss the Baja Taco Truck.
Or sit down for dinner at the Reluctant Fishermen for great views & food.
Henry’s is our favorite place in Kodiak to relax with some local fish and chips.
A pint of liquid sunshine from the Kodiak Island Brewing Company is always a treat.
We highly recommend the Galley Gourmet dinner cruise.