Tucked away in one of the historic buildings of Fort Seward, Fireweed Restaurant is easy to miss. But the restaurant is a favorite with locals and a great discovery for travelers. Fireweed serves up the best pizza in town, plus tasty buffalo burgers, steak salads, pastas, calzones, and fresh baked cookies. With local Haines Brewery beers on tap and a large deck looking out to the Chilkoot.
The Fireweed has been around for over a decade, but it changed owners in 2007, and the service has dramatically improved. Return visitors will still find spruce-wood tables, chairs made by a local woodworker, and a beautiful spalted birch bar. Now you’ll also notice noise-dampening cloth on the ceiling (to maintain the warm wooden interior without the echoing noise) and local artwork on the walls.
The food comes out fast and hot, even on the busiest of nights. Try the pizza, which can easily feed four people and is delicious.. Fresh soups are made daily, and the entrée salads are light but filling. A local’s favorite is the buffalo burger, served on a fresh baked bun with house-made potato salad and seasoned with fennel. They also serve locally caught halibut and salmon.
You’ll find tap beer from the local Haines Brewing Company, including the sweet Spruce Tip beer, which is seasoned with fresh green buds from local spruce trees. You can also order wine, organic juices and sodas.
The restaurant is open for lunch, serving pizza slices, soup, salads and sandwiches on homemade bread. And for an afternoon snack (or dessert), there are always several flavors of fresh-baked cookies as well as pie, cheesecake, or some other fresh creation.