Alaska is best known for its seafood, particularly king salmon, halibut, king crab, and shrimp, and you'll find fine seafood on the menu in virtually any Alaskan town. At the open-air (and often all-you-can-eat) salmon bakes in Juneau, Tok, Denali National Park and Preserve, and Fairbanks, you can expect excellent grilled salmon and halibut.
Anchorage has the greatest diversity of restaurants, including sophisticated fine dining, noisy brewpubs, fresh sushi, and a wide variety of authentic ethnic cuisines.
Credit cards are widely accepted in resort restaurants and in many restaurants in major towns like Anchorage. Many small towns have only one or two eateries; some establishments do not take credit cards.
Reservations and Dress
During summer high season make reservations as soon as and wherever possible, especially in Southeast. We specifically mention reservations only when they are essential or when they are not accepted. For popular restaurants, book as far ahead as you can (often 30 days), and reconfirm as soon as you arrive.
Alaska is a casual place. Cruise ships are probably the only places you'll encounter formal wear, though some of the pricier lodges may have dress codes for dinner. We mention dress only when men are required to wear a jacket or a jacket and tie.
Wine, Beer, and Spirits
Alcohol is sold at liquor stores in most towns and cities along the road system, as well as in settlements along the Inside Passage. Alcoholism is a devastating problem in many rural areas, and because of this many of these Bush communities are "dry" (no alcohol allowed) or "damp" (limited amounts allowed for personal use, but alcohol cannot be sold). Check the rules before flying into a Bush community with alcohol, or you might find yourself charged with illegally importing it.
Alaska's many excellent microbreweries include Midnight Sun, Glacier BrewHouse, Denali Brewing, Silver Gulch Brewing, Gold Rush, Kodiak Island Brewery, Homer Brewing, Kassik's Kenai, St. Elias, Skagway Brewing, and Moose's Tooth Brewing Co. The state's best-known beer, Alaskan Amber, is made by Alaskan Brewing Company in Juneau—it's one of the few state-produced beers sold in the Lower 48.
Anchorage is home to several popular brewpubs; many of their beers are sold in local liquor stores. You'll also find brewpubs in Fairbanks (and nearby Fox), Haines, Skagway, Sitka, Soldotna, Talkeetna, and Wasilla.
Alaska became the third state to legalize the sale, possession, and use of marijuana in 2014, joining Colorado and Washington. Adults 21 and older can possess up to one ounce or six plants. Beginning in 2016, dispenseries cropped up around the state, and now include 4 in Juneau, 8 in Fairbanks, and 21 in Anchorage. Be advised that public consumption is illegal everywhere in the state, and that marijuana isn't allowed at all in federal parks.