June 3rd, 2010

Alaska Eats

We did not go to a lot of places as the cruise includes all meals, but we did sample some local food when we came ashore, including the best crab I’ve ever had.  


Annabelle’s Keg and Chowder House – Ketchikan


Set in the historic Gilmore hotel, Annabelle’s looks and feels like and old west saloon with a dark wood paneled dining room and a long bar spanning the wide of the room. Determined to consume as much crab as possible, R and I ordered 3 lbs of Dungeness crab and king crab legs, as well as bowls of their salmon chowder and clam chowder. The chowders were excellent and the crab was delicious.




Doughnut Station – Juneau


It was originally a rescue station, but now the tiny shack houses a small doughnut shop. They were not as good as the Daily Dozen doughnuts, but still pretty tasty. It’s hard to go wrong with a hot-out-of the-fryer doughnut.


Tracy’s King Crab Shack – Juneau


I believe in seafood shacks. I can eat in all the fancy schmancy fine dining establishments in the world, and my favorite restaurants will still be seafood shacks on the water. All I need is a picnic table, a pile of paper napkins, wetnaps and a mound of lobster/crab/mussels/clams and I am a happy girl.  We found Tracy’s shack down an alleyway in Juneau. They are cooking out of a trailer. We order a sampler that included crab bisque, crab cakes and king crab legs. As we were waiting for our food, I noticed one of the cooks is wearing a Red Sox t-shirt. I strike up a baseball conversation with him and it turns out he is from Lawrence, Ma. This starts a spirited debate with the other cook who is a Yankees fan and results in the Boston guy giving us twice as much food. It pays to be a Red Sox fan, apparently.


We tried both the coconut and plain crab cakes and were not impressed with either; they were on the dry side and a bit greasy. The crab bisque was absolutely delicious. There were huge pieces of king crab throughout the thick, creamy bisque. The star of the meal was the king crab legs. They were gigantic and the meat was unbelievably good, firm and sweet, and made even better when drenched in hot, clarified butter. We finished our meal, and despite the fullness we debated getting more crab legs because we knew this was the best crab we were going to get. We decided against it and I bemoaned the lack of a second stomach.



You can check out the Alaska pics on my Flickr page! It's mostly mountains and scenery, but there is food snaps in between!