5 Delicious Places to Eat and Drink in Homer, Alaska

by Janis on September 5, 2011

During a recent three-day visit to Homer, Alaska, I was pleasantly surprised to discovered a winery and terrific food during my brief stay.

5 Delicious Places to Eat and Drink in Homer, Alaska

1. Fritz Creek General Store and Post Office

You have to drive out of downtown Homer on East End Road about 10 miles to reach Fritz Creek.  Inside the general store and post office you will find groceries, supplies, movie rentals, plus a few tables and a small counter to order from the deli/bakery/pizzeria.

Recommended by Momma Davis, we tried the soup of the day — ginger curry with fresh mussels.  Sold by the pint with fresh baked bread, we devoured the fragrant, slightly spicy soup. We also split the veggie sandwich, served on fresh baked bread stuffed with veggies, sprouts and cheese.

2. Bear Creek Winery 

Driving back towards Homer on East End Road, we took a detour up the hill on Bear Creek Drive to the Bear Creek Winery and Bed & Breakfast.  Does Alaska grow wine grapes? No, we learned in the beautiful and welcoming tasting.  Bear Creek produces its wines from wine grape concentrate from California and other parts of the wine-growing world, combined with juice from Alaskan fruits ranging from gooseberries to rhubarb to raspberries.

Even though served with snacks like smoked salmon dip, the tasting list is long enough to need a designated driver.  When you get to the port, chocolate chips are handed out for pairing.  The port is fabulous. No wonder the tasting room was packed at 2 pm on a Tuesday afternoon.

3. Land’s End Chart Room — What a View

At the very tip end of the Homer spit sits Land’s End hotel complex.  With its large glass windows, lunch in the Chart Room provides a front row view of fishing in the bay.  The rich crab and artichoke dip is a perfect starter to share with a group, followed by the rockfish sandwich and tempura halibut and chips

4. Salty Dawg Saloon

A trip to Homer must include a stop at the iconic Salty Dawg Saloon, for a bloody Mary or a signature Salty Dawg cocktail. If the light in the light house tower is on, the bar is open.

5. Mermaid Café

It’s also a Bed and Breakfast and a used bookstore. The Mermaid Café has a small dining area with an open kitchen, friendly service and fresh local food.  You can’t go wrong with Thai halibut chowder with a Homer veggie panni or the rockfish sandwich with a side salad.  You won’t find bagged lettuce here – fresh, locally procured produce with a blackboard with daily specials.

Bonus destination: local friend’s house

While I enjoyed all of these places, my favorite meal of the trip was at a gathering at a friend’s home.  From Julie’s organic simple syrup margaritas and multi-pepper salsa to Jo Jo’s guacamole of chunky avocados mashed with garlic salt to Monte’s halibut tacos.  Yum!

Dining out or eating in, the locals in Homer Alaska know how to eat and drink deliciously.

Have you visited Homer? What are your favorite eating and drinking spots?  

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