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From salmon fishing in Southeastern Alaska’s Inside Passage to dogsledding in the remote mystical landscapes above the Arctic Circle, life in Alaska means consuming lots of calories to fuel that super-active lifestyle. It’s no wonder that great breakfast places abound—Alaskans demand the best possible start to their busy days. It’s hard to choose just 10 of the best breakfast places in the state.
1. Cape Fox, Ketchikan, AK
Situated in the rain forest city of Ketchikan, Cape Fox offers luxury in the middle of a lush, emerald green setting surrounded by the pristine waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage. This is where Ketchikan residents come when it’s a special occasion with friends and family. You’ll find regional delicacies such as cold-smoked salmon on flatbread finished with yogurt and raspberries.
2. The Dockside Café, Craig, AK
Breakfast is basic here, but The Dockside does basic really good. Try the reindeer sausage and eggs your way for a filling breakfast fit to fuel you through the rest of a busy day fishing—the number one pastime in this quaint seaside town.
3. Douglas Café, Juneau, AK Breakfast is only available on weekends at the Douglas Café, but that just makes it that much more worth waiting for. Their four-berry stuffed French toast is legendary, portions are large, and specials are always creative and always tasty.
4. Sweet Tooth Café, Skagway, AK
Situated right in the middle of Skagway’s historic district, you’ll get plenty of Gold Rush era flavor with your coffee and breakfast at The Sweet Tooth. One of the few establishments in this seasonal tourist town that’s open on a year-round basis, Skagway’s local residents dearly love their Sweet Tooth for its classic American diner food done right.
5. Fresh Sourdough Express, Homer, AK
Don’t let anyone try to tell you that good, filling breakfast food can’t be healthy— the Fresh Sourdough Express proves that theory wrong every time. You’ll find locally sourced organic food here designed to feed your body, heart, and soul with the best possible ingredients. Because many Alaskans don’t always keep traditional schedules, Fresh Sourdough Express serves breakfast all day long. Locals and visitors find the atmosphere as nourishing as the food.
6. Snow City Café, Anchorage, AK
Another well-loved Alaskan spot that serves breakfast all day long, Snow City Café has been wowing Anchorage residents and visitors for almost 20 years. With plenty of vegan and gluten free options available, Snow City is the perfect place to bring that group of family or friends with diverse personal dietary needs and preferences. You’ll find something for everyone, and it’ll all taste great. Snow City also makes a point of purchasing ingredients from local and Alaska-based vendors whenever possible.
7. Southside Grill, Anchorage, AK
Another Anchorage favorite, Southside Grill is down home fare served in a friendly environment. Visit once, and you’ll find all your old favorites here as well as make new friends. Come back again and you’re part of the family. This place does everything well, but their biscuits and gravy get the most raves from customers.
8. The Bake Shop, Girdwood, AK
As its name implies, The Bake Shop in Girdwood specializes in in-house baked treats that bring to mind a visit to a favorite aunt or grandmother as a child. The sourdough pancakes are particularly prized among locals and loyal visitors, particularly among those seeking a hot breakfast before hitting Girdwood’s world renowned ski slopes for the morning. Their spiced-just-right sweet rolls are another star of their show, featuring light lemon glaze and sprinkling of almonds.
9. Sam’s Sourdough Café, Fairbanks, AK
Abundant natural lighting, quintessential American diner food, and a friendly atmosphere combine to make Sam’s Sourdough Café the place to be in Fairbanks for breakfast. As its name implies, sourdough is high esteem here, so enjoy a hot plate of pancakes or French toast made with sourdough bread. Like all good Alaska eateries, locals love it here.
10. The Crepery, Fairbanks, AK Who would have thought that a little bit of Old Paris could be found in a North American town that can still touch its roots as a rough-and ready frontier community? The Crepery pulls it off, though, so give it a shot when you need a break from the same old bacon and eggs. You’ll find crepes with both sweet and savory fillings to match your mood for the morning along with great coffee and service.