Food in the Last Frontier: What to Eat in Alaska
Head to the Last Frontier for salmon, halibut, crab and other locally sourced classics.
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All You Can Eat in Alaska
Alaska is rife with exceptional food. Whether meals include fresh-caught king crab or locally grown vegetables, restaurants proudly serve the best of the Last Frontier’s treats. Though most restaurants don’t serve iconic Alaska dishes like akutaq (Eskimo ice cream) or game meat (think moose, caribou and deer), locals still prepare plenty of it. For those just visiting, here are iconic tastes from the northern latitudes.
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Fish and Chips
Smoked Salmon Chowder
Bisques, cakes, rolls, legs, buckets, clusters and combos: Alaskans love their crab. At Tracy's King Crab Shack in Juneau, Bering Sea king crab is the star. Tracy's crab cakes come with a sweet and spicy dipping sauce; a bucket holds half of a king crab plus a killer claw. They also boast the "best legs in town."
Wild Berry Cobbler
Maine may get attention for its blueberries, but Alaska's wild version is just as memorable. Right smack in the middle of some of Alaska's most beautiful country is Sheep Mountain Lodge, a must-stop along the Glenn Highway. Fresh-baked goods include cinnamon rolls and rhubarb pie, but if you visit during the fall, you might be lucky enough to taste berry cobbler made with wild Alaska blueberries, hand-picked that morning.