While unassuming from the outside, these restaurants in Alaska are packed full of fantastic flavor, superior service and a dedication to making Alaska a better place. From sourcing locally, delivering hearty serving sizes, integrating truly authentic cultural influences, hand baking with love and utilizing our wild, natural, sustainable resources – these 16 ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants in Alaska will completely blow your taste buds away and leave you wanting more. Once you dig in, you will be hooked. We dare you to get started, ASAP!
1. Club Paris - Anchorage
Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, there is an endless variety of incredible food at this unassuming yet incredibly delicious restaurant. Try the filet mignon that is 4" thick and feel yourself fall head-over-heels in love after the first bite.
2. The Cookery - Seward
Wild, natural, sustainable Alaska seafood at its finest. In fact, The Cookery just took it up a notch. Enjoy phenomenal seafood dishes with a restaurant dedicated to using as much locally sourced food as possible.
3. Alaskan Crepe Escape - Juneau
When visitors say that these are "the best crepes in the whole world," you know they mean business. Enjoy a great selection of sweet and savory crepes as well as smoothies and espresso beverages.
4. Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse - McKinley Park
Located off the right side of the George Parks Hwy, as you're heading from Talkeetna to Denali, is this hidden gem. It offers a lengthy beer selection, hearty meals and the best pizza under the sun, not to mention awesome live music, a dance floor and incredible outdoor space. This is a MUST visit for anyone in Alaska.
5. Noisy Goose Cafe - Palmer
Hearty and delicious American-style cuisine in a truly comfortable and cozy Alaskan atmosphere. The warm and genuine hospitality and hot food is enough to get just about anyone hooked.
6. Lunch Cafe & Eatery - Fairbanks
So much good stuff! Amazing desserts, sandwiches, salads and more. Visitors rave about the chicken pita, doughnuts, sweet potato burger and gluten-free bread.
7. The Bake Shop - Girdwood
Tucked away in ski-town paradise, The Bake Shop is a favorite for many locals and visitors alike. Enjoy an amazing farmer's breakfast, yummy soup selection and fabulous sweet rolls.
8. Jen's Restaurant - Anchorage
Fine dining located conveniently in Anchorage midtown. Driving by this hole-in-the-wall you would never guess that what is inside is one of the most fantastic dining experiences in all of Alaska. Enjoy amazing steaks, fresh Alaska seafood and so much more.
9. Backdoor Cafe - Sitka
For a yummy afternoon treat, this hidden gem is an excellent option in southeast Alaska. Menu favorites include carrot cake, coffee drinks, strawberry pecan bread and more.
10. Maura's Cafe & Fine Catering - Homer
This fantastic fine dining spot tucked away near in Homer is certainly not to be overlooked. Enjoy organic options and scrumptious sandwiches as well as a fully loaded deli case full of European cheese. Visitors enjoy the bright ambiance with jazz music, beautiful artwork and cheerful flowers.
11. Little Italy Restaurante - Anchorage
Since 1984, this authentic Italian restaurant has been knocking the socks off of locals and visitors alike. Enjoy classic Italian favorites as well as some of the most incredible service in the last frontier.
12. Ginger's Restaurant - Soldotna
This '50s-style diner in "Alaska's Kenai River City" is truly a hidden gem with excellent food. Visitors enjoy their great sandwiches, hearty burgers, soups and so much more.
13. The Grape Tap - Wasilla
This swanky and charming spot is a true breath of fresh air to the Mat-Su Valley culinary scene. From a huge selection of wines and craft beers, fresh outdoor dining in the spring and summer, blackened halibut and other wild Alaska seafood options - this is a winner from start to finish.
14. The Island Pub - Douglas
Located across the way from Juneau, The Island Pub has some of the best food (and excellent beverages) in southeast Alaska - fresh made pizza, salads, sandwiches, beer and mixed drinks. Oh and the service? Perfection. It's hard not to become a frequent visitor here after just the first visit.
15. West Rib Pub & Grill - Talkeetna
Beer, tacos, Moose Drool Brown Ale and a little thing known as a "heart attack on a bun." What does that mean? It means that this hole-in-the-wall is a MUST visit when you go to Talkeetna. It's a once in a lifetime Alaskan experience, hands down!
16. Louie's Steak & Seafood - Kenai
Kenai Peninsula locals and visitors alike have an addiction to this unassuming spot filled with hearty menu options that are consistently fantastic (with hefty serving sizes to boot)! In a atmosphere that is perfectly Alaskan filled with taxidermy and log-cabin accents, guests enjoy the warm and cozy atmosphere here as well as the fantastic service.
Now that you’ve wiped up all the drool, tell us – do you have any favorites on this list (or any that you’d like to add to this list)?