Whether you are headed to Fairbanks for the northern lights or as an excursion on your cruise, you won't have a hard time finding unique local dishes to sample. While dining in Fairbanks, options run from upscale steak and seafood houses to quick service diners with everything in between. To have an authentic, local food experience, try out the reindeer dog, a succulent reindeer sausage housed in a soft sourdough bun. If that is a little too exotic for you, you can sample the local fare with the many salmon dishes available, such as salmon gumbo or smoked salmon chowder. Another must-try is the fresh black cod, popular in many of the locally owned venues.