Web posted Wednesday, May 8, 2002

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Salmon steaks are typical summer fare in Homer restaurants, as are fresh, locally caught halibut and shellfish raised in oyster and mussel farms around Kachemak Bay.

Dining out: Sourdough to salmon, everything in between

There are a multitude of places to eat in the Homer area, ranging from well-known fast-food restaurants and snacking spots to elegant but informal fine dining. For its relatively small size, Homer has an abundance of dining experiences to explore.

On the Homer Spit, eating a king-size burger or a king crab dinner is spiced with a view that makes it difficult to concentrate on your plate. In town, there are restaurants on just about every block along Pioneer Avenue. Drive out East End Road to Fritz Creek and you'll find the Homestead Restaurant, touted as one of the best in Alaska.

Because Homer is a fishing community, seafood is found on many menus. During summer months, fresh salmon, halibut and shellfish are regular items.

But Homer has restaurants offering Mexican, Asian and Italian cuisine along with standard American fare. There are family restaurants, delicatessans, burger joints and pizzerias. Like everywhere else, Homer has its share of espresso shops offering a variety of coffee drinks, tasty pastries and fresh baked goods. A relatively new addition to the local scene is Homer Brewing Co., the only brewery on the Kenai Peninsula.

No matter what you hunger for, you can find it in one of Homer's many restaurants and cafes.