Alaska Cruise – Food Highlight Off the Ship
On our September trip to Alaska (see previous blogs part 1 and part 2) we were on the hunt for some local and if possible fresh crab. We found it at Tracy’s King Crab Shack in Juneau, Alaska. The King Crab Shack was established by Tracy over 10 years ago and is essentially a hotdog cart that sells crab. The cart and accompanying tent is open May to September. There are enough seats for about 20 under the heated tent and the tent was needed this day to stay out of the pouring rain. On a nice day there is room for an additional 20 to 30 seats outside and of course standing room which I bet happens often.
The menu has only 5 items but they are arranged in so many different ways that it seems too large to choose (view the full menu). We wanted to try everything so chose one of the three available combos as well as a an Alaskan Crab Roll for the three of us to share (Mom, Jeff and I) plus the King Crab Bisque homemade daily for each of us. The bisque was truly award winning; it has won American Chowder Cookoff awards. It was creamy and a bit spicy with large chunks of very fresh tasting crab, not chewy or overdone at all! Super delicious! The combo we chose included a King Crab leg and three crab cakes. According to the staff the legs weight about a pound each. They were also bigger around than any legs we had ever seen in BC. There was enough meat in one leg for us all to have a good portion. The meat was very tender and perfectly steamed. The crab roll also was advertised as 4oz of crab meat but seemed like a whole lot more. The coleslaw on top was a great addition. The only disappointment was with the crab cakes. They were OK, but not as good as expected. While the menu seems pricy at first the portions are large and this is the best crab you can get. Definitely a must in Juneau.