Alaska is big in every way, and those pristine waters produce some of the most remarkable seafood in the USA. If you're lucky enough to visit this truly magnificent state (or live there!), don't miss these great spots for the local catch, done up just right.
The juicy, ultrafresh halibut fish-and-chips in this homey small-town diner are the best we've had. Wash it down with a beer from the Alaskan Brewing Company; 907-766-2800, bamboopioneer.net.
Overlooking Juneau's seaplane harbor, The Hangar has an extensive menu, from king crab hand rolls to halibut tacos. Bonus: the 100 available beers—20 on tap; 907-766-2800, hangaronthewharf.com.
Auke Bay, Alaska
Since 1983, Southeast Alaskans have headed here for juicy buffalo burgers and halibut cheek sandwiches with cusabi (cucumber-and-wasabi dressing). A few miles north of downtown Juneau, the café's small pink building lies beyond the cruise-ship crowds; 907-790-2483, https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hot-Bite.
It’s all about the local fish in this no-frills, authentic dive atmosphere. The halibut burger is mouthwatering, and the fresh halibut fish-and-chips is tops. (Hungry? Go for the eight-piece “Big Boy” size.); 907-789-8400, https://www.facebook.com/JuneauSandbar.