Fairbanks, the Yukon, and the Interior Restaurants

Most restaurants fly in fresh salmon and halibut from the coast. Meat-and-potatoes main courses, pastas and pizzas, and pub fare dominate most menus, but an increasing number of both ethnic restaurants and establishments serving healthier fare have opened in and around Fairbanks in recent years. The food isn't the only thing full of local flavor: Alaskan pride runs strong, so expect to see snowshoes, bear hides, the state flag, and historic photos incorporated into restaurant decor. As for attire, even in the most elegant establishments Alaskans sometimes wear sweats or Carhartts.

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  • 1. Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.

    $$$ | American

    Beer lovers should definitely make the 10-mile trip from town to North America's northernmost brewery. Several Silver Gulch brews can be found...Read More

  • 2. Thai House

    $$ | Downtown | Thai

    Fairbanks isn't known for a varied selection of international cuisine, but Thai food is an exception, and many locals consider Thai House the...Read More

  • 3. Alaska Coffee Roasting Company

    $ | Café

    With its tasty treats and eclectic artwork from around the world, this hangout is so popular that a line often curls out the door. It's a worthy...Read More

  • 4. Alaska Salmon Bake

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Salmon cooked over an open fire with a sauce of lemon and brown sugar is a favorite at this indoor-outdoor restaurant in Pioneer Park's Mining...Read More

  • 5. Fast Eddy's Restaurant

    $$ | American

    Not the greasy fast-food joint its name might suggest, this relaxing place serves surprisingly interesting cuisine. Portions are sizable—that...Read More

  • 6. Gambardella's Pasta Bella

    $$$ | Italian

    Locals crowd into this family-run Italian restaurant that has earned a reputation as one of the best in town. The menu includes salads, pasta...Read More

  • 7. Geraldo's

    $$ | Italian

    No one in Fairbanks puts fresh chopped garlic to better use than Geraldo's, which has gourmet pizza, seafood, pasta, and veal dishes. A painting...Read More

  • 8. Ivory Jack's

    $$ | American

    Jack "Ivory" O'Brien used to deal Alaskan ivory and whalebone out of this open and airy bar-restaurant tucked into the gold-rich hills of the...Read More

  • 9. Lavelle's Bistro

    $$$$ | American

    With offerings ranging from rack of lamb and lobster cakes to halibut and New York steaks, this impressive restaurant has won a loyal local...Read More

  • 10. Pike's Landing

    $$$ | American

    The seats in the dining room of this extended log-cabin building are perfect for cooler weather, but the huge paddle-up deck dotted with firepits...Read More

  • 11. Pita Place

    $ | Middle Eastern

    Fairbanksans have been going mad for Nadav Weiss's falafel and hand-baked pitas ever since he started serving them at the Tanana Valley Farmer...Read More

  • 12. Pump House Restaurant and Saloon

    $$$$ | American

    Alongside the Chena River, this upscale 1930s mining pump station–turned–restaurant claims to be the northernmost oyster bar in the world. Listed...Read More

  • 13. Rough Woods Inn & Cafe

    $$ | Diner

    At first glance, the Rough Woods looks like a typical Alaska lodge, all burled wood and carved bears, but it's much more thanks to owner Ruth...Read More

  • 14. Sam's Sourdough Cafe

    $ | American

    Although Sam's serves meals all day, Fairbanksans know it as one of the best breakfast places in town. Sourdough recipes are a kind of minor...Read More

  • 15. The Cookie Jar

    $$ | American

    It's hard to believe the forever-in-motion staffers at the Cookie Jar can squeeze in the time to provide such friendly service, but they do...Read More

  • 16. Turtle Club

    $$$$ | Fox | American

    Don't go to this wood-walled dining room expecting great variety, but you should go if you have a big appetite, and are hungry for prime rib...Read More

  • 17. Two Rivers Lodge

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Fairbanksans are known to make the 40-mile round-trip for the delicious dinners here, including prime rib, steaks, and Alaskan seafood dishes...Read More

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