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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Enter the Wild in Juneau


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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