Alaska’s seafood is compelling. That includes creamy chowder and local shrimp with panko crust at Swiftwater Cafe in Whittier, where weekends feature smoked prime rib and BBQ ribs. At Shelter Cove in Craig, a memorable meal can be Copper River salmon with vodka dill sauce followed by flowerless chocolate torte and white chocolate soup. In Juneau, The Hangar on the Wharf offers halibut chowder, tempura fish & chips, and an “Alaska Bento Box” of ginger-glazed salmon, king crab poke, and tempura halibut. While in Juneau — Alaska’s capital city — food adventurers need to visit a casual storefront on the wharf called Pel’meni, named for its specialty: Russian dumplings topped with the likes of butter, curry powder, hot sauce and/or cilantro and sour cream, as well as thick slices of marbled rye bread.