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In addition to the restaurants described here, and in the Sitka Hotel and Westmark Sitka, a Subway sandwich shop is at Seward and Lake streets, behind the Westmark.

Quick Eats & Coffee in Sitka

A cool couple owns the Backdoor Café, in the back half of Old Harbor Books at 104 Barracks St. (tel. 907/747-8856), the kind of place that develops a following among local poets, musicians, and the like. Besides coffee and the owners' own homemade bagels and fantastic pies, the cafe serves fresh pastries for breakfast and a single special for lunch (which can run out). It's open Monday through Friday from 6:30am to 5pm, Saturday 6:30am to 2pm. Credit cards are not accepted.

Highliner Coffee, on Lake Street just above Seward Street (tel. 907/747-4924), is a fancier place, with free Wi-Fi (or use their computer for $4 for the first half-hour). A "highliner" is a top commercial fisherman; the name here is a bit of a boast for its fisherpeople owners, who hope to educate customers about their way of life, as well as roasting Sitka's coffee. It's open Monday through Saturday from 5:30am to 6pm, Sunday from 7am to 5pm.

For something a bit more traditional, and sweeter, stop at Harry's Soda Shop, in the Harry Race Pharmacy at 106 Lincoln St. (tel. 907/747-8006), a real old-fashioned soda fountain serving sundaes, floats, cones, and shakes. It's open Monday through Friday 9am to 6pm, till 5pm Saturday, and accepts MasterCard and Visa.

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.