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“Bucket of Butt is amazing!”

Thorn's Showcase Lounge
Ranked #7 of 49 Restaurants in Seward
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Bucket of Butt is amazing!”
Reviewed 19 August 2014 via mobile

Despite it being hot, somewhat smoky and very crowded we had a fantastic dinner. It was like a time warp- it looks like this place is still in the seventies- in a good way! It is a lounge, so we expected smoking but it did not interfere with dinner. Service was as good as our server could manage but they really needed more staff. It was like a cocktail staff but everyone was ordering dinner. We had appetizers, the halibut chunks and had plenty to eat for a pretty good price. Go for the food but appreciate the surroundings- there aren't many places like this around anymore.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank KittyTripp
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Halibut and chips”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

This was a surprise (maybe I didn't read the menu closely?). The halibut was deep fried but not breaded/battered. It was quite good but not what I expected. I'd prefer a light batter. Service was great. It's a bar/lounge atmosphere of course so it's a bit dark inside even during lunch.

Visited August 2014
Thank topherG68
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Houston, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“unexpected deliciousness!”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

We had just gotten to Seward and wanted to grab a casual lunch. This place seemed to have some high reviews, though I'll admit it wasn't that engaging from the outside appearance (I thought it was a smoky old lounge). It's a cool unique place and I'm so glad we went! yea, it seems more like a bar (and probably would have been a blast at night) but surprisingly the food was amazing. I typically hate seafood, but being in Alaska I decided to try Halibut. They have a dish here called halibut bites (or something like that) and is supposedly what they're known for, so I decided to try it. I was shocked how amazing it was, a very very light batter so not too heavy, not fishy, and I discovered I think I love halibut. Definitely a great stop for lunch!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Alison W
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Meadville, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Return to 1962”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Thorn's was built in 1962 and not much has changed then. The lounge survived both the 1964 earthquake and tsunami. The Jim Beam liquor bottles lining the walls are still intact. (Get the picture?) The deep tufted seating is the same. This is a local place, not a tourist place but the specialty is a "Bowl of But" - very lightly breaded and seasoned FRESH halibut - and it was sooo good we went back for dinner a second time! It became a non-smoking place in April of 2014. We loved it, it was the best place we visited in Alaska - just cool, quirky, very retro with excellent food!

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank MKRadnich
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Ennis, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
160 reviews
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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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1 Thank WyattChirp
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