Dine Around Options

Open to all registered attendees

At NATJA, we believe one of the highlights of every trip should be the food because that’s simply the best way to immerse yourself in a destination’s culture.

On the second night of our NATJA Conference, Wednesday, May 17th, Explore Fairbanks has arranged a “Dine Around” in which all attendees will get the chance to choose one out of four local restaurants to dine in.

Follow along for each restaurant’s description and start thinking of your top choice. There is something for everyone!

Signups for the dine around will begin soon.

The Pump House Restaurant and Saloon

Are you an oyster fan? Although The Pump House offers a wide selection of Alaskan seafood, aged certified angus beef, and a premium wine list, it is also famously known for housing “The World’s Most Northern Oyster Bar.” Also, a big perk of this place: it overlooks the Chena River and is probably the most scenic place to eat in Fairbanks.

The Pump House will provide a pre-set menu. See below for options.

Salad Course
Fresh garden salad topped with balsamic walnut vinaigrette. Served with fresh bread.

Entrée Course

Alaska Salmon – Grilled and served with a lemon beurre blanc, chef’s vegetables, and saffron rice

Alaskan Halibut – Blackened halibut with provencal beurre blanc, chef’s vegetables, and saffron rice

8oz Garlic Rubbed Sirloin Steak – Grilled and served with port wine demi glaze, chef’s vegetables, and butter-whipped potatoes

Chicken Denali – Boneless breast of chicken topped with artichokes, mushrooms, and crab, served with chef’s vegetables, and butter whipped potatoes


Selections will be available.

Guests can enjoy one complimentary alcoholic drink, specific alcoholic drink options TBD.

Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

Thai food has a special place in Alaskan culture and at Lemongrass, the Navichi family offers an extensive menu made from the freshest Alaska grown ingredients. To get the most flavorful fusion of Alaskan and Thai food, they recommend you accompany any of their dishes with their wild caught Alaskan halibut or scallops.

Attendees who select Lemongrass Thai Cuisine as their restaurant will be able to order from the full menu. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Click here to view the menu.

Guests can enjoy one complimentary alcoholic drink

Big Daddy’s BBQ

For all the BBQ lovers there’s Big Daddy’s BBQ, the award-winning BBQ joint approved by Guy Fieri himself. If you’re craving a warm meal with guaranteed leftovers, we recommend you give the “Northernmost Southern Barbecue” a try.

Attendees will dine family-style featuring the following dishes:

  • Fresh pulled pork
  • Beef brisket
  • Smoked chicken on the bone
  • Garlic mashed potatoes
  • Mac & cheese
  • Cole slaw
  • Cornbread

Guests can enjoy one complimentary alcoholic drink.

Lavelle’s Bistro

If you’re looking for a place where you can relax with a good glass of wine while you wait for your food, then this is the place for you. At Lavelle’s Bistro you can expect to find an assortment of seafood and steaks on the menu.

Attendees who select Lavelle’s Bistro will have the following options.


Family-style appetizer presentation to include:

Coconut shrimp

Crab & Artichoke Dip

Baked Brie


Salad Course

Lavelle’s Salad – Our most popular salad, field greens topped with gorgonzola, candied walnuts, and seasonal fruit with our fabulous vinaigrette

Entrée Course

Lavelle’s Double Entrée Dinner – Grilled tournedos of beef filet in demi-glace served with honey apple halibut, accompanied by mashed potatoes and sweet peas

Dessert Course


Guests can enjoy one complimentary alcoholic drink.

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