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“Good, simple, fresh food - very local - know before you go!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dave's Red Anchor Cafe

Dave's Red Anchor Cafe
1935 Tongass Ave, Ste A, Ketchikan, AK 99901-6043
907-220-3636
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Ranked #17 of 57 Restaurants in Ketchikan
Cuisines: American, Coffee Shop
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Ketchikan, Alaska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Good, simple, fresh food - very local - know before you go!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2010

Yup, these are locals, they thrive on repeat business and have many very loyal customers. The owner, Dave, is great to his regulars and good to the town, and the place is a small, funky, oddly remodeled space (like most of the town), shockingly over-decorated with SE Alaskan memorabilia, and can be a fun and authentic experience IF you know what to expect.
First, walk in, sit down somewhere, and make yourself at home. Nobody's going to tell you where to sit and they don't pay for hostesses. This place is pretty much entirely run by Dave and his wife and they're usually running around like mad. They'll get to you, I promise. If they don't see you come in, say hi! If you're the only ones and you don't see anyone in the place and you're there during open hours (especially if it's a nice day), they're on the back porch. Most locals enter from the entrance on the porch because that's where the parking is, so they see us coming. ;-) Again, go say hi.
Second, the food is simple straight forward American breakfast and lunch. Think eggs omelets, pancakes, French toast, hash browns, soups and sandwiches. But unlike most places Dave actually makes it all. For hash browns, he buys potatoes and grates them, they don't come from a freezer. He makes the soups, sometimes in consideration of his regular customers dietary needs even. SO, it will not be lightning fast, it will be simple, but it will be good, real food.
Third, for prices in Ketchikan, Dave's is really reasonable. Eating out here costs 1.5 to 2 times as much as it does in most areas of the lower 48. Very few places here could be deemed affordable and none cheap unless you count McDonald's, though i can't bring myself to call that a restaurant. Just don't expect it to be priced like down south. Every restaurant and grocery store here has to pay $$$ freight just to barge up food, and the impact of this cost is greater in the smaller establishments where it becomes a palpable consideration in pricing.
All things considered, if you're looking to be waited on hand and foot or for gourmet food, this is not the place for you. If you want a real Ketchikan experience and food to keep you going, Dave's is perfect.
**Celiacs take note!** Dave often makes a weekly GF soup for my Mom so that she can eat there safely, she's a regular. And I (also a celiac) frequently go in for omelets and hash browns. Not a ton of selection for us, but it's one of only two places I can eat in town currently! I'm really grateful for it!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Oregon
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32 restaurant reviews
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“Good food, but plan to linger”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2009

Been to Dave's Red Anchor multiple times before or after our fishing trips. Food is basic, but very good - breakfast fare and some sandwiches. It's a local place with lots of character. Service is usually slow, but they probably cater to locals who usually aren't in a hurry and tend to linger. It's only open until 2:00pm - so strictly a breakfast and lunch place.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Revisiting the Red Anchor”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2009

I revisited the Red ANchor a few days ago after my visit from last year. Unfortunately this time was a less than pleasant experience. We walked in and no one awknowledged us, and we picked a table without being greeted or shown in. The waitress came over and put menus down without saying anything. We felt like we were intruding even though we were the only customers and we were there to spend money.
The prices seem to have gone up considerably, and it cost about $13 for a turkey and cheese sandwich, some potato chips, and a small juice. While the food was fine, it wasn't worth the money, and we were still hungry afterwards. We ended up getting more food downtown.
We decided to play a little game. We tried to be as overly smiley and cheerful as we could, to see if we could get a smile or some politeness from the staff. Sadly, we lost the game! :-(
Anyways, despite the cool Alaskan decor and decent food, I will not return to this restaurant, as I don't enjoy being overcharged and made to feel unwelcome.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Titusville FL
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great Coffee”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2007

Great little coffee shop. Good location and excellent coffee! We were on a cruise so were only there for the day but would go back!

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