This is for Curt, who posted on the Pacific Northwest Board asking for Sitka help:
I was there last summer, but unfortunately it was a brief stop, and I didn't find anything particularly exciting to recommend. The Backdoor is a downtown coffeehouse with decent espresso, located behind a bookstore, so that is worth hanging out in a bit if it is raining.
It's a small town, you should be able to walk around to get a sense of what appeals. There are one or two lively bars, again: just walk around downtown and you will see and hear them....
One does not go to Southeast Alaska for the food, I'm afraid...In general, you are best off sticking to local foods, notably halibut, salmon, other local seafoods...However, one should go for many other reasons, and I will be back again this July, so please do report back on your finds!