Story last updated at 5/1/2013 - 2:57 pm
On any given day in the summer, if you are walking downtown, chances are you'll get a whiff of barbeque that will make your mouth water. The barbeque stands - one in front of Peer Amid beads and one on the corner of Marine and Ferry Way - belong to Bernadette Bundy, who also owns and operates Bernadette's Front Street Café.
Bernadette is a longtime Juneau resident - she moved here in 1996. She originally visited Juneau in the early 1990s while working on board the Royal Viking and Norwegian cruise ship lines. At the Front Street Café, you can find a broad variety of Asian cuisine. The specialties, of course, are from Bernadette's birthplace, the Philippines, however she also offers Chinese, Indonesian and all-American dishes. Everything is prepared on the spot, personally by Bernadette, who loves to cook. There is a saying that you can taste when a meal is cooked with love; this is definitely the case at the Front Street Café.
Bernadette has made some nice additions to her restaurant operation. She added a wi-fi service for her customers so you can websurf if you want. She also added more dessert items to her menu, including a popular summertime Philippine favorite "Halo Halo" and a new item: Ice Candy. Filipinos know what ice candy is, but to those not well versed in Philippine desserts, you'd pictured something very different than what you get. The ice candies are, in essence, popsicles - but not on a stick. They're wrapped in plastic and you push up the icy delight to eat them. Their appearance is remniscent of the Otter Pops, but these taste nothing like them. They are creamy wonderful treats in tropical flavors such as coconut, melon, avocado and mango. They are made fresh with real fruits, and they are a refreshing way to end your meal.
Popular with local and visitor's alike, Bernadette keeps the Front Street Café open year-round, and the open-air barbeque stands, serving tasty teriyaki sticks and lumpia (Filipino eggrolls), are open in the spring and summer months. The Front Street Café is active in the community through donations to Safe Ride programs, local concerts and church programs. When asked what advice Bernadette would give a new start-up business, she told me, "Play fair, be a good sport, don't criticize. Treat others the way you would like to be treated." These are wise words from a woman that is "making local work" for Juneau in a very delicious way.
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