There is just nothing like that nostalgia factor that kicks in after you get your first whiff of a home-cooked meal. As you’re instantly transported in time back to the good ol’ days when life was simple and you didn’t have a single care in the world, you can’t help but feel instantly comforted. These 16 mom and pop restaurants in Alaska serve meals that are truly to die for. Be prepared to get hooked!
1. Abby’s Home Cooking – Wasilla
The brisket sandwich, omelets, burgers and sandwiches are just a few of the items to rave about at this delicious yet unassuming hot spot.
2. Cosmic Kitchen – Homer
A mix of delicious Mexican food, seafood favorites, delicious baked goods and to-die-for sandwiches.
3. Donna’s Restaurant – Juneau
Tasty stick-to-your-ribs chicken fried steak meal is just one of the menu items that makes this place one of the best breakfast restaurants in town. So much good stuff!
4. Café AK – Anchorage
People rave about the eggs benedict and the biscuits and gravy. But there are so many other great choices, you'll want to make this your weekly spot.
5. Dockside Café – Craig
There is just something special about a warm cheeseburger and a plate of fries after a day of fishing. Finish it off with a delicious coconut creme pie and you'll feel like you're in heaven.
6. Gwin’s Lodge – Cooper Landing
In one of the greatest fishing towns in Alaska just off the side of the Sterling Hwy is this gem of a restaurant. Enjoy huge burgers and traditional favorites that always taste like pure heaven!
7. Ludvig’s Bistro – Sitka
The rustic Mediterranean decor paired with a collaboration of freshly caught seafood items makes this spot truly special and uniquely Alaskan. Sitka is filled with special surprises!
8. Tito’s Discovery Café – Hope
A breakfast to remember for a lifetime and pies that are worthy of writing home about. YUM nation!
9. Roses Café – Healy
In a land that is large and mighty, this little unassuming spot is what dreams are made of. Enjoy some of the best burgers on the planet before continuing on to Fairbanks or Denali.
10. Suzie’s Café – Sterling
A seasonal hot spot, this cafe feels like heaven after a day of fishing. Large serving sizes and great service add to the great menu selection.
11. Judy’s Café – Anchorage
Home-style, stick to your ribs traditional favorites at this great little spot tucked away on the edge of the city.
12. Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant – Fairbanks
Seafood, burgers, sandwiches and we've been told... the best Patty Melt on the planet! Intrigued? Get to eatin'!
13. The Tide Pool Café – Seldovia
Fantastic service and some of the best halibut fish tacos on the planet. Y-U-M nation!
14. Valley Hotel Open Café – Palmer
Where else can you get an excellent meal just about any time of day? Consistently great food and wonderful service to boot. No complaints here!
15. Smoke Shack – Seward
Grab a hearty meal inside an old railroad car. This tiny spot is super unique and sure to satisfy!
16. Rocky’s Café – Kasilof
Enjoy delicious sandwiches, home cooked meals and excellent service. For dessert be sure to get a slice of homemade pie and a scoop of ice cream.