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Poll ranks Alaska as having worst food in the nation

By KTVA CBS 11 News 10:56 PM August 25, 2013

Restaurateurs and visitors agree the method must be flawed

ANCHORAGE – A recent U.S. poll ranked Alaska as the state with the worst food. The Business Insider poll questioned thousand of Americans on what they thought of their fellow states. They ranked the 50 states on things like “drunkest” and “dumbest.”

While Alaskans are used to battling misconceptions from the Lower 48, the bad food accusation is something locals and visitors alike disagree with. Eugenia Buitrago has a food stand in downtown. She sells gyros. When she heard the results of the poll, her eyes got wide. “What? That is not truth,” she said. “I don’t know about the other food, but I know my food is excellent.”

Sarah Bywater was eating a reindeer sausage gyro. She said it was delicious. She and her friends are traveling from Portland, Oregon. It’s a place they call a “foodie city.” Their experiences here have been good.

In Midtown, the owner of Kinley’s restaurant said outsiders don’t expect what they find at his restaurants or in other parts of the state. He said, “Alaska will surprise a lot of people at how good the food is here.”

He said creative chefs around Anchorage have a lot of great ingredients to work with. In the kitchen he preps a vegetable that looks like purple broccoli. “The wild Pacific salmon is the greatest in the world,” he said.

Alaska halibut impressed the Nancy and Mike Mowry. Nancy said the halibut was “just phenomenal; we don’t have anything that clean and good tasting.” She was shocked that Americans rated Alaska food last. “You’re kidding, right?” she asked. She talked about the carrots and gave an example of a lodge they stayed at where they picked raspberries from the yard and made a crisp. To them, the food was exceptional. “That is ridiculous for anybody to say. That is absolutely ridiculous.”

From fine dining to street vendors, those who’ve eaten Alaska food say that poll is baloney.

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