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    Posted November 4, 2012 by
    Hyder, Alaska
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    100 places to eat like a local

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    A Ghost Town, Grizzlies and the Seafood Express Bus


    Hyder Alaska bills itself as “The Friendliest Ghost Town in Alaska.” With a population of just 87 inhabitants, the town seems an unlikely candidate to boast a destination restaurant.
    But that’s exactly what Diana and Jim Simpson’s Seafood Express has become. Established in 1998, the Seafood Express is a school bus that has been converted into, hands down, the best place we know of to get a meal of fish and chips. I know, I know. Everyone makes fish and chips. All we can say is, “Not like this they don’t.” Perfectly crispy, golden-brown, and made with fresh, wild Alaskan seafood, Diana's airy creations seem to disappear in your mouth.
    Jim’s a fisherman. He plies the cold, clean Alaskan waters near Hyder for the sweet shrimp, prawns, halibut and salmon that, along with sea scallops, make up the focus of Diana’s menu. Diana has perfected a frying batter for which there is no rival. This is a great place to order the catch of the day, compliment it with a bottle of Alaskan Amber Ale, and relax and listen to the musical trill of Rufous Hummingbirds calling back and forth from the surrounding fir and spruce forest. Hyder is well known for the salmon runs in nearby Fish Creek and for the local population of well-fed grizzly bears that hang out there. The Seafood Express is where tourists and locals alike go to recharge after a morning of watching these massive, fascinating animals.

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