lleechef, with your occupation and your time up there, I bet you have heard of the Garden of Eatin', which was nothing more than a beat up old quonset hut that was famous for the serving the best steaks in Alaska. We went there often, and loved it. The food was great, and like many other places in Alaska, there were the millionaires sitting next to the regular folks, and no one could tell the difference, or cared to.
How about Peggy's cafe on Fifth Street? One morning I was in there having breakfast, when this friendly and talkative fellow came in and say down next to me. He started a conversation, and was a great guy, but honestly he was distracting me from my meal and I was wanting to eat in peace. So he said something to the waitress, and she said, "Oh, you're always joking, Mr Egan." I looked! And sure enough, it was Bill Egan, former governor of Alaska, sitting down at a counter stool and jawboning with his neighbor just like anyone else. That was Alaska too.