01 Little Mermaid
I love this restaurant’s philosophy and dedication to local, wild and sustainable produce, including Alaskan seafood. The ‘daily catch’ is always a tasty option, featuring wild Alaskan rockfish, halibut, scallops and prawns. The restaurant’s one of our favourite places to celebrate the end of the fishing season with our crew.
02 Finn’s Pizza
We wait all winter for this pizza restaurant to open — it’s that good. You order downstairs and then climb the stairs to the solarium, a glass, enclosed eating area with the best view of Kachemak Bay. Finn’s also sources most of its ingredients from around Homer. The Blue Pear pizza (with gorgonzola, pine nuts and organic pears) is a must.
03 Two Sisters Bakery
This is a Homer mainstay, and while its takeaway baked goods are amazing, it’s the dinner specials that draw me in every time. The panko-crusted and roasted rockfish is a family favourite, and we dream about the spicy scallop pasta with chorizo, tomato, kale and chilli lime cream sauce during our long days out at sea.
04 La Baleine Café
La Baleine is the best place to go to pick up a hearty breakfast or lunch. It’s an artisan cafe committed to offering the best local and organic ingredients. I could eat the Musher Meal breakfast (which has cumin-scented corn tortillas with black beans, brown rice, reindeer sausage, eggs, manchego, salsa and pickled red onion) every day.
05 The Bagel Shop
This serves the best bagels in town and quite possibly in Alaska. Owners Gabe and Mikela have brought so much positive energy to our small town. I can’t get enough of the classic Bagel & Lox made with wild sockeye nova lox. If it’s a special occasion, I’ll treat myself to a bagel with the queen of the Alaska seafood — smoked black cod.
Claire Neaton is a commercial fisherman in Alaska, Claire’s one-half of the Salmon Sisters, a business that celebrates the Alaskan fishing community. At the age of 10, she moved to Homer — a fishing city known for its halibut and growing restaurant scene.
Published in the April 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)