On our trip to Alaska I had only one place down as a must-do meal: Tracy's King Crab Shack in Juneau. It is rated as the number one restaurant in Juneau on Trip Advisor and it serves fresh, never-frozen, Alaskan king crab legs, my very favorite food. Tracy's is right on the dock near where the cruise ships are located.
|The order shack.|
|The pick-up shack and some of the outdoor seating.|
|The logo. I love the splindly crab legs on the woman.|
Unfortunately, our shore excursion for the day, a flight to Chichagof Island to see brown bears, ran a little late and we were short of time. I instructed the driver of our van, taking us back to the ship, to drop us off at Tracy's. Judy was a little dubious about this excursion, concerned that we would not get back to the ship in time. But I knew what I wanted. The Large King Crab Bucket - a half crab with 3 to 4 large legs, shoulder meat and a claw, at least 3 pounds worth. It also came with coleslaw.
|Steaming crab legs sit on the counter waiting to be served to customers.|
You order at one shack, pick up the food at another shack, then eat outside or under a large tent.
One of my partners said he'd talked to someone who'd eaten fresh king crab and was told that it had a different texture than previously frozen crab. I personally prefer king crab cold, just after it has thawed, dipped in warm butter. My experience is that warmed up king crab in restaurants is often dried out.
I would like to have had a more leisurely meal, but was thankful to have the meal at all. The coleslaw was so-so, but I wasn't there for that. The legs were warm and we had plenty of butter, and there was lots and lots of crab.
|The crab bucket with white wax paper, butter, rolls and lots of crab.|
My take-away: I did not notice a difference between this crab and the good frozen crab I've had at home, and I still prefer the cool, just-thawed crab to the warm crab.
|The logo on the crab bucket.|
I loved the atmosphere and I loved the posters with information about king crab posted around the seating area. It was a nice culinary event I'm glad I've had.
|I had no idea there are four kinds of king crab.|