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Locat­ed in the heart of down­town next to the His­toric Thomas Basin, the Alas­ka Fish House offers a unique set­ting for you to enjoy the fresh­est fish & chips in town or the sig­na­ture smoked salmon chowder!

A pop­corn stand offer­ing ket­tle corn and salt­ed pop­corn, it’s close to the docks and run by a friend­ly, gre­gar­i­ous local woman. The pop­corn is real­ly good, but it’s expen­sive — like $4 a bag. The frost­ed North­ern Lights” is even more, but it’s a huge hit with kids.

Tucked against the entry to Ward Cove, the Green Cof­fee Bean Com­pa­ny may seem off the beat­en track. Yet peo­ple from all over Ketchikan make the trek to this local cof­fee shop and roast­ery. Whether you order an espres­so drink or whole beans to go, the cof­fee is roast­ed to perfection. 

It’s a par­ty bar that serves food. It’s pop­u­lar with the young crowd, but fam­i­lies fre­quent the place as well for the chips and sal­sa and the diverse food menu. It’s almost always loud and busy, but the food is only decent. The serve Mex­i­can, Ital­ian, Greek and Amer­i­can fare. And, be fore­warned, only a few tables over­look the water.

A dri­ve-thru cof­fee stand south of town, it’s pop­u­lar with locals look­ing for a quick, hot brew. The serve local­ly roast­ed Raven’s Brew cof­fee and quick eats, like bagels and brown­ies. It can get a line of cars in the morning.

It’s the best fast food in Ketchikan, and pos­si­bly in all of South­east Alas­ka. The crews of cruise ships line up for an off-ship burg­er, locals call their orders in ahead of time and trav­el­ers wait in the line. A 30 minute wait in line isn’t unheard of. They only have 3 or 4 tables, so most get it to go. Their burg­ers are good, and they are famous for the Fish and Chips, which are fresh, hand-cut. And they have real­ly good sal­ads. You’ll pay…  ...more

Locat­ed in a charm­ing, lit­tle his­toric home, this is one of the few fine-din­ing options in Ketchikan. The restau­rant is owned and oper­at­ed by a cou­ple, and Mar­tin, the chef, is cor­don bleu trained. They have excel­lent spe­cials, with inter­est­ing arrange­ments of ingre­di­ents. And the hal­ibut tacos and steak on the reg­u­lar menu are excel­lent stand-bys. Reser­va­tions are a must. 

A sol­id restau­rant with a long his­to­ry on Main Street, Annabelle’s serves top-qual­i­ty fish and chips, clam chow­ders, and oth­er Alas­ka seafood favorites. This spot in the Gilmore Hotel has a clas­sic look, with pressed tin ceil­ings and a hard­wood bar, as well as com­fort­able, deep seats — per­fect for enjoy­ing their good seafood and selec­tion of tap beers.

A local’s din­er, it serves up fresh hash browns and eggs and oth­er break­fast stan­dards. Plus burg­ers and rein­deer dogs for lunch and din­ner. You can eat at the counter, or get a table or booth. The ser­vice is fast and friend­ly, the food is good din­er food, and your cof­fee will always be topped. It’s pop­u­lar with trav­el­ers and locals alike. And it just went non-smoking! 

Check out the pho­tos, play a game of pool, plug your quar­ters into the juke box and stay awhile in authen­tic Alas­ka. On your way out, don’t miss the accom­pa­ny­ing pack­age store if you want to take a bot­tle of wine with you. 

Fin­ish your tour or explo­ration of Ketchikan ear­ly enough to stop by Fat Stan’s for a leisure­ly drink to cap off your day. You’ll find own­er Brad Stew­art there most days help­ing cus­tomers choose from a fine selec­tion of wines and Alaskan beers. Insid­er tip: Fat Stan’s doesn’t serve food beyond the typ­i­cal bar snacks, so if you’re feel­ing peck­ish, get an order of fish and chips from the Alas­ka Fish House next door; they’ll deliver. 

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