Captain Cook Hotel’s Crow’s Nest a Celebratory Spot

Elegant atmosphere, fine food and jaw-dropping views

CaptCookHotel-logoTwo years ago, I was in Anchorage on a research trip that happened to coincide with the ceremonial start of the 39th Iditarod, an epic dogsled race more more than 1,000 mile to Nome. I stayed a few extra days on a non-ski-related writing project, and a young woman who gave me a tour of some of the city’s meeting and convention facilities invited me to dinner at the splendid Crow’s Nest atop The Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage’s finest.

Late afernoon view from the Crow's Nest over downtown Anchorage toward the Chugach Range,
Late afternoon view from the Crow’s Nest over downtown Anchorage toward the Chugach Range,

This elegant aerie atop one of the hotel’s three towers is suitable for business travelers on an expensive account, extremely well-heeled tourists and as a special occasion restaurant. Think landmark birthday, anniversary or proposal. My hostess and did not over-indulge. At this point, I can’t recall exactly what each dish was, and I certainly can’t find the menu now. But I do know that we ate lightly but well, watching the sunset play against Chugach Range that forms such a magnificent backdrop to the city. Below, Fourth Avenue, where the Iditarod ceremonial start and the annual Running of the Reindeer had taken place, had been plowed and normal traffic was moving again.oas

Mushroom soup or bisque, poured into the soup plate at tableside.
Mushroom soup being poured into the soup plate at tableside.
I see a seared scallop and some tish and some greens, but I can't recall what this elegant dish was called.
I see a seared scallop and some fish and some greens, but I can’t recall what this elegant dish was called or specifically what other ingredients were in it.
Salad greens enhanced with seared fish. beets (I think) and goat cheese.
Salad greens enhanced with seared fish, beets (I think) and goat cheese.
Mousse in a cup.
Mousse in a cup — a simple presentation for a simple yet lovely dessert. Was it coffee? Was it mocha. Was it another flavor? I can’t recall, but I do remember its silky richness.
By sunset, this is what a table at the Crow's Nest looks like.
By sunset, this is what a table at the Crow’s Nest looks like.

Even though the passage of two years and many meals has blurred my memory of what we ate, I remember sitting in the refined elegance of the Crow’s Nest, thinking of the mushers and their dogs making their way across Alaska toward Nome. And I think of this year’s teams too. Someday again, I’d like to be in Anchorage again for the start and also in Nome to watch the teams finish under the famous burled arch.

Price check: Starters, $15-$16; salads and soups, $12-$14; entrés, $38-$52.

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One thought on “Captain Cook Hotel’s Crow’s Nest a Celebratory Spot”

  1. All the dishes are seems to be made from Sea food and is very delicious,Hope I could taste it or made it.But I don’t have it’s recipe.Please share the recipe in future post.

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