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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enter the Wild in Juneau

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2. Where to Eat


Zephyr Restaurant is considered Juneau's most elegant dining spot.  

Hit the waterfront for freshly harvested seafood and views of snow-capped mountains at the Hangar on the Wharf, where the walls are lined with old beer taps and you can sample local pours ($5/pint) from Alaska Brewing Company, Denali Brewing, and Midnight Sun Brewery. Order an Alaskan pub favorite: a halibut burger topped with sautéed mushrooms ($18.95) or clams steamed in ale ($18.95).

Line up with locals at Russian eatery Pel’Meni (2 Marine Way; 907-586-0177), a no-frills spot that serves cheap eats from lunch until 3 a.m. while a turntable plays titles from the eclectic LP collection. Choose between potato or beef dumplings ($6/dozen), traditionally consumed with a liberal helping of sour cream, but feel free to choose from other toppings like butter, curry powder, cilantro, and hot sauce mixed with vinegar.

Make a reservation for dinner at Juneau’s only fine-dining establishment, Zephyr Restaurant, a lofty space that features Mediterranean-inspired dishes and a diverse wine list of around 50 bottles. Traditional plates include a Moroccan-style game hen served with carrots, chickpeas, and a lemon yogurt ($26), while scallop and prawn spaghetti with fennel, crème fraîche, and basil ($26) highlights the local catch.


Published on Dec 19, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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