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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. Don’t wait to check out these hidden gem restaurants!
Please note, The Saltry Restaurant is closed and won’t re-open until 2021.
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. An Alaskan staple, read more about this great restaurant that’s been going since 1946.
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. Get all the details on their delicious menu here.
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. Their Facebook page offers up to date information on specials, hours, and more!
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. Drool over their menu and learn more about their restaurant on their website.
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. Read more about the most popular restaurant in Juneau!
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. Keep appraised of their tasty specials on their Facebook page.
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. Their website has more details about their award winning wine selection. If you’re thinking about where to dine in Alaska, this should be at the top of your list!
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. Their Facebook page will keep you up to date on specials and fun events!
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. The Saltry Restaurant’s website has more information now!
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. Mountain High Pizza Pie website has a huge amount of information including menu and their hours.
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. Their website has hours, menus, and more.
12. The Fisherman’s Daughter (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. Read the glowing reviewsts. of just about everything on the menu.
13. La Baleine Cafe (Homer)
Please note: La Baleine Cafe is permanently closed.
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. Their Facebook page offers specials, events, and announcements about the amazing food they produce.
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. The perfect selection of everything you need! Read more about this great restaurant on their Facebook page.
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! Read the reviews of those who have loved everything they’ve ordered at this quaint cafe.
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. What are your favorite tiny restaurants in Alaska? Did we miss one? Let us know in the comments below!
We hope you enjoyed this best local restaurants of Alaska list.