Juneau has a number of excellent restaurants. Besides those detailed below, see two superb choices above, at the Gold Room, in the Baranof Hotel and Zen, in the Goldbelt Hotel Juneau.
For breakfast or lunch, try the Sandpiper Cafe, near the State Museum at 429 Willoughby Ave. (tel. 907/586-3150), with an immaculate dining room recalling a sun-faded beach-front eatery. Breakfast is terrific and reasonably priced. The short lunch menu includes tasty comfort foods and sandwiches, or get breakfast all day. A hamburger is $12. It's open daily 6am to 2pm.
Pizzeria Roma, on the waterfront across the hall from the Hangar at 2 Marine Way (tel. 907/463-5020), produces some of the best pizza and calzones in town in a small dining room. Hours are daily 11am to 10pm in summer.
Quick Bites in Juneau
The Silverbow Bakery, 120 2nd St. (tel. 907/586-4146; www.silverbowinn.com), is a happening spot for bagels, hearty sandwiches, and espresso drinks. It's open long hours every day. The Rainbow Foods natural food grocery, an organic hangout in a former church at the corner of Franklin and 4th streets (tel. 907/586-6476; www.rainbow-foods.org), is the best picnic-packing place downtown, making sandwiches and salads at the deli and with a buffet and salad bar. It's also a good place to network with a socially conscious crowd and is a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Hot Bite, at the Auke Bay boat harbor, is a local secret, serving charcoal-broiled hamburgers and halibut burgers and great milkshakes from a run-down little house. Take out or sit at one of six indoor tables.
Downtown Juneau's young, professional population supports several good coffeehouses. Valentine's Coffee House and Pizzeria, 111 Seward St. (tel. 907/463-5144), serves light, hot meals in an authentic old-fashioned storefront. Heritage Coffee Co. and Café, 174 S. Franklin St. (tel. 907/586-1087; www.heritagecoffee.com) and 216 2nd St. (tel. 907/586-1752), has two trendy, comfortable coffeehouses good for watching people. The 2nd Street location has wireless Internet and terminals. They also roast famous coffee.