I love seafood. Cruising through Alaska I was most looking forward to having salmon and halibut, but more than anything, I was looking forward to having Alaskan king crab legs. After a not-so-great experience with crab legs in the Pinnacle Grill on the ship, I was able to indulge on the one of the best meals of my life!
The day we spent in Juneau was supposed to be jam packed. We were scheduled to visit Tracy Arm Fjord in the morning, and within an hour of returning to our ship, we were to meet our helicopter pilot who was going to take us glacier hiking. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate that day. The fog was so thick that every helicopter flight had been cancelled throughout the day, and ours was no exception. Disappointed, we found ourselves with a block of open time.
As we walked through Juneau, I felt like I was in the Caribbean. Diamonds International, Del Sol, t-shirt stores, and other cruise sponsored shopping lined the streets. Nothing felt authentic until we walked past the gift shop of Tracy’s King Crab Shack, and while the gift shop was definitely another tourist trap, the “shack” behind served up nothing but the best.
Geoff doesn’t like seafood, but he humored me as I ordered the Crab Shack Combo which included one giant king crab leg, four crab cakes, a cup of crab bisque, and a couple of garlic rolls. We topped that off with a couple of Alaskan Summer Ales, and made our way to find a picnic table.
By this time it was starting to rain again, so it was really appreciated that all the picnic tables were under cover complete with plastic sides to keep us dry. So we sipped our summer ales as pieces of our meal were delivered.
First up were the crab cakes. They were perfectly crispy and accompanied with a tangy sauce. Geoff helped me eat them, and agreed that they were pretty good. Quickly following was the crab bisque, which was creamy and comforting on the rainy afternoon especially after a few drops of tabasco sauce were added. For a non-crab lover, Geoff did a pretty good job of finishing up that bisque. A few of the tastiest garlic rolls came followed by the star of the show–the king crab leg.
Cracker in hand, I went after that leg like it was going to run away. I plucked the red tinted, snow white meat from the shell and popped it in my mouth. It’s sweetness exploded on my tongue moving this meal to the second best one I’ve ever had. (The best meal was in Japan and also involved super fresh seafood and Kobe beef.) This crab was perfect the way it was, and didn’t need an ounce of drawn butter, so that remained on the table untouched. Each bite went a long way to replace the glacier hiking disappointment I had been carrying around with pure happiness.
If I ever venture to Juneau again, Tracy’s King Crab Shack will definitely be a scheduled stop. As I write this, my mouth is watering from the memories. This is not a place to drop in on by chance. And while it is a little bit of an investment, I promise you won’t be disappointed.