Les Flâneurs discovered a new dining rule while visiting Juneau, Alaska. We spotted a man carrying a small pot of live mint plants into a restaurant called The Rookery Cafe, so we asked him, "Which dish is this for?" He smiled, thanked us for asking and pointed to the Pho in the big plates section of his menu.
Since we had just come from a discussion with the owners of Caribou Crossings gift shop on Franklin Street, who highly recommended The Rookery, this little experience sealed the deal for the evening on where we would eat and, ultimately, what we would order. Did we really coin a new rule over the event? Actually, no. "Follow the mint" does not seem likely enough to grow into a general rule of thumb. We did validate our rule about asking for local advice.
Our conversation with the owner at Caribou Crossings came about as we were walking to another candidate for the evening's repast called Tracy's King Crab Shack. We stopped into the little souvenir shop to check out the wares on our walk down to Tracy's. Since we were advised that Tracy's was not yet open for the season, we asked about alternatives. In addition to the restaurant recommendation, we also picked up a recommendation to hike Perseverance Trail (more on this experience anon).
We did, in fact, end up dining on the Pho, along with a Bao Bun with Taco Bell stuffing, following a lively discussion over the highly eclectic and ever changing menu. And we also verified our standing guideline; always ask for local advice.