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Besides the hotel restaurants listed above at the Best Western Kodiak Inn, Kodiak has several restaurants catering to locals. The best restaurant in town is Mill Bay Coffee & Pastries, 3833 Rezanof Dr. (tel. 907/486-4411; www.millbaycoffee.com), near Fort Abercrombie, about 3 miles out of downtown. Award-winning, Paris-trained chef Joel Chenet produces wonderful pastries and, for lunch, brilliant combinations of local seafood and international seasonings to inexpensive sandwiches. The Kodiak sea burger is made of salmon, crab, shrimp, and cream cheese, among other ingredients, and costs $13. The comfortable, casual dining room, managed by Chenet's wife, Martine, is a local hub and has Wi-Fi.

For a special dining experience, Marty and Marion Owen serve dinner for six on their 42-foot yacht, the Sea Breeze (tel. 907/486-5079; www.kodiak-alaska-dinner-cruises.com). The meals are usually elaborate seafood creations. The evening starts at 6pm with a 60-minute cruise among the picturesque islands near Kodiak's harbor, where guests may see puffins, sea lions, and whales. Dinner is served at anchor in a quiet lagoon, and you're back at the dock at 9:30pm. The price is $140 per person. The couple offers day-long wildlife-watching cruises, too.

Henry's Great Alaskan Restaurant, 512 Marine Way (tel. 907/486-8844; www.henrysalaska.com), on the waterfront mall, is a smoke-free bar and grill where you'll meet many commercial fishermen and other locals. The menu includes daily specials, local seafood, and good halibut sandwiches, as well as steaks, pasta, and such. The smoked salmon chowder is excellent.

The Old Power House Restaurant, 516 E. Marine Way (tel. 907/481-1088), sits on the edge of downtown with a dining room and deck overlooking the Near Island Channel. Primarily a sushi restaurant housed in a historic electric powerhouse, this eatery also excels at seafood and steaks. The salmon with miso butter should not be missed. Sushi is available a la carte, or in combinations with soup or salad from between $15 and $25.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.