Amyee Peeler, also known as “Inga”, is the owner and operator of Inga’s Galley, a restaurant in tiny Petersburg, AK with a growing reputation as a gourmet gem off the beaten path. Though Amyee hasn’t been in the restaurant business for very long, she has always been deeply connected to fresh seafood from Alaska’s shores. Growing up, she and her sister worked with their father on his boat, the F/V Endurance, catching salmon, halibut and black cod. In fact, in the restaurant’s off-season, Amyee commercial fishes with both her father, and also her husband, on their newly purchased boat, the F/V Defiant.
Her career as a cook and restaurant owner began when she and her sister, noting a lack of fresh and affordable seafood cooked to order, decided to purchase a food cart. Developing recipes for the cart involved many hours of recipe testing, one of which is Inga’s Spice Blend, the signature spice that became a hit with customers. The sister’s food cart, Two Chicks and a Kabob Stick, opened for business in Sitka, AK in 2007, specializing in high-quality fish kabobs. The idea for the business was passion for properly cooked seafood, fresh and local ingredients, and made-from-scratch-menu items.
When Amyee opened Inga’s Galley, the concept was similar. The quick service eatery serves seafood cooked to order, using fresh, local ingredients-from classics like fish tacos to new favorites inspired by flavors from around the globe. Whether the dish is traditional or provides a unique twist on a local favorite, it’s evident to diners from their first bite that people there love to cook. During peak season, when Amyee isn’t cooking, she’s searching for fresh ingredients and working with local growers and canneries in order to plan the next day’s menu accordingly. She’s always looking for ways to improve the restaurant, new experiences to put a unique twist on, and new opportunities to impress her customers.