Although Alaska is the biggest and most beautiful state in all of the nation, it’s whats on the inside that really counts. Don’t be fooled by their size because they will pack a mighty punch to anyone’s taste buds. If you aren’t already a believer, we highly encourage you to try out each and every one of these 15 extremely tiny restaurants in Alaska that are actually amazing.
1. The White Spot Cafe (Anchorage)
Offering fresh caught halibut, classic burgers, cold beer and so much more. After eating here just once, this unassuming restaurant will leave you wanting to come back daily.
2. Firehouse BBQ (Soldotna)
Dub'd as being the best BBQ on the Kenai Peninsula, Firehouse BBQ offers brisket, ribs, pulled pork, beans and an infamous loaded baked potato. And you don't want to miss their fresh cobbler served with rich vanilla ice cream.
3. Smoke Shack (Seward)
Situated in a cozy old railroad train car, the Smoke Shack serves stick-to-your-ribs breakfast, lunch and dinner. American-style cuisine with some of the best customer service that the last frontier has to offer.
4. The Bake Shop (Girdwood)
A charming restaurant and bakery in ski country. Offering omelets, gigantic sweet rolls that are to-die-for and huge sourdough pancake stacks. Sandwiches, pizzas and bottomless bowls of homemade soup. It is nearly impossible to leave here without being in the happiest food coma south of the mountain.
5. Tracy's King Crab Shack (Juneau)
Offering "The best legs in town." When Tracy says that "surprising things come in simple packages" - she is spot on. For over 10 years Tracy's King Crab Shack has taken Juneau by storm with consistently scrumptious wild Alaska seafood.
6. Little Mermaid (Homer)
Fresh local foods made daily from scratch. Little Mermaid may be small, but it can knock the socks off of just about anyone's taste buds. In addition to seafood they offer delicious bakery and cafe options.
7. The Marx Bros. Cafe (Anchorage)
The Marx Bros Café specializes in innovative contemporary cuisine featuring fresh Alaska seafood and only the finest meats. Oh and if you like a good glass of wine, you're in luck - they house one of Alaska's largest cellars.
8. Veronica's Cafe (Kenai)
Why? Because out of all the crazy things happening in the world - coffee always makes sense. You can also find amazing quiche, killer sandwiches and fresh salads. Plus a variety of life-changing desserts.
9. The Saltry Restaurant (Halibut Cove)
Art, food and the coastal life. Just a short boat ride over from the Homer Spit and you will find yourself at the perfectly quaint and totally secluded Saltry Restaurant. A must-have experience with an impeccable menu selection.
10. Mountain High Pizza Pie (Talkeetna)
This cozy pizzeria is open all year long. In the summer months the size of the restaurant grows as the snow melts and the picnic tables are brought out of hibernation. If lively music and great food with friends is your idea of a good time, then this is the perfect place for you. Sit indoors or enjoy a local brew in the beer garden under the midnight sun.
11. The Crepery (Fairbanks)
Simply put - the BEST crepes in all of the north. From sweet treats to savory lunchtime favorites. Bonus - they also offer lots of gluten free options.
12. Chipper Fish (Hoonah)
Mix together an award-winning chef, warm hospitality and wildly fresh Alaska seafood and you get a restaurant that will leave people of all ages feeling so many levels of satisfaction. This hidden treasure in Southeast is one of Alaska's best kept secrets.
13. La Baleine Cafe (Homer)
A small cafe located on the Homer Spit, La Baleine Cafe has cuisine that places a heavy emphasis on locally sourced and grown ingredients from around the Kachemak Bay area.
14. Aquamarine Cafe (Kodiak)
So much deliciousness on your plate. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great pizza, seafood and scrumptious desserts. If you're thirsty you can relax with a cold beer, glass of wine or an espresso drink made just how you'd like.
15. Polar Cafe (Nome)
If you're hungry in Nome, you will leave full and satisfied after visiting the Polar Cafe. Delicious home-style cooking with traditional favorites. So much YUM!
Remember – size doesn’t always matter. Sometimes the best things come in the smallest packages. From high end dining and quaint cafes, to crab shacks and BBQ pits… Alaska has something for everyone’s taste-buds. Do you have a favorite tiny restaurant hot-spot in Alaska to add to this list?