"Real" Alaskan food

My wife and I will be doing our first cruise to Alaska in May.  We will have port days in Skagway, Ketchikan, and Juneau.  Cruise ends in Anchorage!  Are there any restaurants in these cities that serve "real" Alaskan foods like bear, moose and caribou.  Happy  We'd be interested hearing about experiences and/or suggestions!  Thanks



Tags: Alaska - Inside Passage

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Gonna answer by not answering...we made that trip, and all it proved to me was to see/experience Alaska, taking a cruise isn't how to do it. We're glad we made the trip, seemed like a big deal, but now we'd have to plan something a bit more authentic. Didn't have to go to Alaska to eat bear meat..did it right around here....explains why our forefathers probably had bad attitudes most of the time. And carried a lot of tooth picks..We have moose, mostly protected, and as for caribou? where was it yesterday? Mebbe ol KENNICOT can chime in...

Not sure what happened KENN....got an email notification that you replied to this...interesting answer...however it didn't appear HERE...it DID say 2 answers, mine, and then nada...this will make 3...another glitch??

Yea, I tried, this is the third time. I provided 4 links in the first attempts that described Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game's descriptions of shellfish, Game animals, Birds and other wild stock. I will eliminate those with this attempt. C.C. didn't have a problem with the same post. This same question was posted in another forum this morning. Below is my response. But I didn't mention bear meat. Generally speaking nobody likes brown bear (Grizzly) meat. But a lot of folk love black bear meat as long as it hasn't been a black bear on the coast eating fish. I have a friend in my summer hang out who really can cook black bear, the first time I ate at their house she made it, I thought I was eating beef pot roast at first until she told me. I should have known that though as when I was in college I belonged to the wildlife club and we would have a wild game dinner. Most of the game meat I don't care for though and I sure am not going to kill a bear and have to eat it. I did that once with a moose and by spring I thought I might be in rut. Ovis Dali sheep (white sheep) though are the best meat of anything. But very difficult to get some, because you have to pack it off the mountain and the season is short. In a stew, which my wife makes, it is out of this world. "I don't know of any restaurant that has Alaska game on the menu other than reindeer, namely sausage. Seafood and shellfish are another story, you find those available everywhere. As for Alaskan's personal diets involving wildlife, one has to distinguish between indigenous Alaskans and other Alaskans who supplement their diets extensively with wild game, seafood and shellfish. Indigenous Alaskans eat a lot of seal, walrus and whale as well as common game, seafood and shellfish. Game are wild animals and birds. Large native game animals living in Alaska include buffalo, bear, deer, elk, moose, reindeer/caribou, Rocky Mountain Goat, White Sheep and musk ox. Small game includes rabbit, squirrel, beaver, muskrat, and porcupine.

In my he three ports you are visiting I do not know of any restaurants that have on their menu what you are looking for. You will primarily find Salmon and crab . In Juneau I hear everyone rave about Tracy’s crab shack. However, it is really expensive and I have not gone. Skagway, I always go to Skagway Brewery. Good beer and good food. Enjoy your cruise.


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