I'm just home from Alaska and thought I'd share a few places I'd eaten.
I spent four blissful days in Cordova at Orca Adventure Lodge. Orca runs fishing and kayaking trips, and I was a little nervous to opt for their meals plan. But the pictures on the Facebook page were mouth-watering, and the food was the best of my trip.
Christian, Sylvia, and the rest of the kitchen couldn't be more accommodating or talented. I picked up wine in town on the way to the lodge. Dinners included fresh sockeye salmon and gorgeous prime rib. Lots of vegetables, which I missed later in the trip, including ripe avocados and sweet cherry tomatoes. Fresh loaves of bread.
Breakfast had different preparations of eggs; my favorites were a breakfast sandwich and an omelet with reindeer sausage. Big thumbs up. You can eat at the Lodge even if you're staying in town. I also picked salmon berries on the road.
Do stop in for espresso drinks, books, and local gifts at Orca Bookstore if you're in town. Kelly is a former mayor of Cordova.
In Anchorage, we had lunch at Snow City Cafe (a delicious Reuben) and a pricey generic dinner at Simon & Seafort's, which we chose for the view at 9:30 pm sunset. S&S was typical of Alaska restaurant food: they took perfectly fresh fish and had to add breading, beurre blanc, and nuts, adding calories and masking the flavor.
The rest of our meals were in Palmer, at and near the State Fair, which runs through Labor Day.
Best: buying fresh vegetables at Bush's Bunches and cooking our own squash and purple potatoes. Fred Meyer's has much better produce than I remember from previous trips to Alaska.
Good espresso and cookies from Vagabond Blues.
Well-prepared salmon (again, crusted with nuts) at Turkey Red. But service was poor. I went back to Turkey Red for breakfast and wished I hadn't.
Tasty halibut and cole slaw at the Valley Inn, accompanied by corn fritters and something else fried...
At the fair:
Porkey's pork chop on a stick was great, as were the salmon quesadillas and salmon chowder. Loved the raw Prince William Sound oysters with mignonette from Pristine's. Buffalo burgers were a miss. And I skipped the heart attack Donut Burger in favor of cotton candy and birch syrup.
Will upload a few pictures when I get a chance.