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Ever Eat A Reindeer-Sausage Corndog? 6 Restaurants You've Got To Try In Juneau, Alaska

Juneau - the capital city of Alaska - has no shortage of great eateries. But some stand out from the rest by offering meals or dining experiences that you won't get anywhere else. Here are six restaurants you've got to check out on your trip to the Last Frontier.

1. The Sandpiper Cafe

sandpiper cafe

To fuel up for a long day of sightseeing, head over to the Sandpiper Cafe. This breakfast and lunch joint is popular among locals as well as tourists for offering hearty "Alaska-sized portions" of breakfast favorites as well as specialties like french toast stuffed with mascarpone. But they don't have a website, so you'll have to check their Facebook page or stop by to see what's chalked up on the menu board.

2. Tracy's King Crab Shack

Tracy's King Crab Shack

Seafood fans absolutely must try Alaska's famous king crab legs while visiting the Last Frontier. And if you're staying in Juneau, the best place to try them is Tracy's King Crab Shack. The restaurant is basically a seafood stand offering king crab by the leg or the bucket. You can also order crab bisque, crab cakes and non-crab appetizers like scallops and shrimp.

3. Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos

Deckhand Daves Fish Tacos

If crab isn't your thing, check out the fresh, local catches at Deckhand Dave's Fish Tacos. Dave - a former fisherman - offers up beer-battered halibut, breaded salmon and blackened rockfish tacos. And if you can't choose which one you want, you can get the three-fish sampler and have a little of each. But you can only check out this waterfront food truck during the spring and summer. 

4. The Rookery Café

The Rookery

For meals you won't find anywhere else, head to The Rookery Café. The menu includes delicacies like champagne and three-cheese fondue, fried chicken brined in sweet tea and the Sloppy Joseph - an upscale version of the diner classic that comes with pickled shallots and Beecher's cheese sauce.

Most dishes are made from scratch because the cafe prides itself on baking its own bread, slow cooking their own turkey and even pickling their own pickles.

5. Hanger on the Wharf

Hanger On The Wharf

If you want to feast your eyes as well as your stomach, make a reservation at Hanger on the Wharf. The seaside establishment offers diners a panoramic view of the Gastineau Chanel and the Douglas Island Mountains. All while serving up classic Americana meals like burgers, prime rib and chicken fried steak.

6. Red Dog Saloon

Red Dog Saloon

Visitors who want a side of history with with meal need to stop in at Juneau's Red Dog Saloon, which has been operating since the late 19th century. The saloon features memorabilia like taixidermied animals, a walrus oosik and antique pistols - including a sidearm that once belonged to legendary lawman Wyatt Earp.

So you can step back into Alaska's past while enjoying pub favorites like burgers and pizza. Or trying the reindeer sausage corndog - a northern spin on an American classic.


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