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“Non-tourist, local place”

Thorn's Showcase Lounge
Ranked #5 of 48 Restaurants in Seward
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood, Pub
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Good for: Groups, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ennis, Montana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Non-tourist, local place”
Reviewed 12 August 2014

As others have said, this is not a tourist place. The locals eat here, and was recommended by the guy who rented us his house. The halibut is very lightly breaded and is absolutely the best whitefish we've both ever had. I can't say enough. The steamer clams, also the best we've ever had.

The service, no the wait for the food, yes it was a BIT slow, however, they cook TO ORDER and it is fresh seafood, no pre-prep. We almost never remember our wait staff's name (yes, shame on us), however, Candy, we do remember. She was the only waitress working and had about 8 tables with 2-6 people each. She was extremely professional and friendly, much more than you'd ever expect in a place like this. Just a consummate professional. Even more impressive because of the locals and tourist we are sure she deals with every day.

Do NOT judge a book by its cover. We saw at least 3 groups of people walk in, look around and walk right out. This is our kind of place.

We have now had some of the best meals we've had in years in places like this since we've been in Alaska.

The collector liquor bottles on the walls are the equivalent of places like the Jim Beam brewery.

Don't miss this place if you are in Seward, but then again, the fewer tourists the better. Hard to say....don't ruin it for everybody else.

  • Visited August 2014
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Buffalo Grove
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“I think the locals eat here”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

Great shrimp, halibut and other food. Had their homemade soup with dinner and wished I could take some home with me. Service was a bit slow, but that was because they were swamped with people.

  • Visited July 2014
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Chugiak, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Halibut done right, great service and best restaurant to play "I Spy" ever!”
Reviewed 6 August 2014 via mobile

Now that it is no smoking establishment, we (family of five with kids aged from 7-11) checked it out as we've heard it is the best halibut in Alaska. The outside is very deceiving as we were convinced it was going to be a total dive prior to going in but it was very clean and actually really nice. The place is totally dated intentionally and the retro look really adds to the charm of the place. I should hope they'd never even think about modernize it as it is like walking back in time, into a scene of "Goodfellas goes to Alaska" or something. The service could not have been better. And I still have not mentioned the best part - The Buckets of Butts lives up to the hype as the best halibut in Alaska. So far after a half a dozen trips to Seward, this my new favorite restaurant by far just based on the food and service! Meanwhile, the kids think it is awesome because it is their new favorite place in world to play "I Spy" check it out and go find out why :)

  • Visited August 2014
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Colorado
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20 reviews
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“Strange place, good food”
Reviewed 4 August 2014

The decor is very dated, gold and red leather all around. The walls are backlit shelves with old booze bottles. All the windows are covered, so it's pretty dark. Very small town atmosphere. A single waitress, but the food was very good. Get the halibut "Bucket of butt".

  • Visited July 2014
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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“A Hole in the Wall”
Reviewed 1 August 2014

We stopped here based on recommendation from our family who has a cabin in Seward, this is their favorite "hole in the wall" and a great place for a beer and a "bucket of butt".
It was exactly that, a great local place with typical bar food. It was nice to experience a nice local place and enjoy a beer before exploring Seward.

  • Visited July 2014
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