Friday, March 13, 2015

Random Restaurant Reviews: Seward, Alaska

chinooks seward

If you visit Seward in the summer you will have a difficult time choosing a place to eat among the establishments that line the streets and harbor. In the winter, you will have less options, but you won't go hungry.

It's hard to beat the view from Chinooks on a sunny day.

chinooks view

The view inside is pretty fun as well; the decor is sort of seaside-hipster. (Of course, all the male waiters have bushy beards.)

chinooks mural

chinooks diving helmet

We came for a late afternoon snack, which consisted of a beer sampler (I think this was only $6!), a side of house smoked scallops, and brussels sprouts in caramelized fish sauce. Yum. The whole menu looked fabulous, and we will be back with empty stomachs to further investigate in the future.

Chinooks beer sampler

Our favorite eating establishment in Seward, also open year round, is Ms. Gene's Place, located in the beautiful and historic Hotel Seward.

ms gene's place

The tiny Victorian dining area is charming, as is the impeccable service that we've always received. On this trip I chose the seared Ahi tuna with vegetables and Asian noodles, and TH went with his favorite, the scallops and mac and cheese. It was ridiculous.

ms gene's tuna

ms gene's scallops

While visiting Ms. Gene's, stroll around the hotel and check out the old photos of Seward in its early days. Beginning as a gold camp town in the late 1800s, the city was founded in 1903. A railroad was built to reach Cook Inlet, which led to an influx of outside settlers looking to strike it rich.

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