Fat Ptarmigan: Enticing, but Skip It
I was drawn in by the pizza menu; I didn't have any places picked out and just chose based on walking by - something I NEVER do.
The service was terrible; they were slow and despite the fact that we were sitting right next to the water service station, I had to practically get up and block their path to get the attention of a server to refill mine. So it went with placing an order for food and getting the food.
As for the food itself, I probably should have just chosen a menu pizza, but I decided to build my own because it is rare that a restaurant offers potatoes as a topping, so I was excited about this. I got about 4 slices of potato on the whole pie, sliced as thin as a chip before frying. The crust was boring and tasteless.
I should have stuck with a second trip to Glacier Brewhouse.Related to:
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Moose's Tooth: Spectacular pizza!
Moose's Tooth is very busy and we had to wait 30-45 minutes both times we went. It's a great place to hang with friends and chow down on some pizza (good beer too). The service was good once we got in and we had a large group both times with no issues.
Favorite Dish: Build your own pizza!
Johhny Chicago's: Chicago-Style Hot Dogs and much more
It has a franchise feel and a menu packed with fast food fundamentals, but Johnny Chicago's is fast food in look and efficiency only. It does favorites better than the fast food giants, offers a menu filled out by some American fast-food archetypes and delivers across-the-board consistency and quality that all restaurants strive for.
Favorite Dish: Italian Roast Beef a.k.a. “a Beef”
“Gimme a beef hot, sweet, and wet.” That’s Chicago-speak for, “I would like my Italian Roast Beef with hot peppers, roasted sweet peppers, and an extra splash of gravy.”
So, you ask, “What’s the big deal?” Well, in a word, it’s extraordinary. But you’ve tasted roast beef before, how can that be extraordinary? Like everything else “Chicago”, it must have exactly the right ingredients, brought together in exactly the right way, and voila, you have extraordinary. Basically, it’s highly seasoned slow-roasted beef, shaved thin, and awash in a fragrant seven-herbs-and-spices au-jus that we Italians like to call “gravy.” It’s piled into a warm, crusty, stone-oven baked Italian roll and is really great with any or more of the traditional toppings--hot peppers, roasted sweet peppers, grilled onions and/or provolone. Once you’ve tasted one, you know mere words can’t adequately describe “a Beef.”Related to:
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Crow's Nest: Elegant with a great view
The Crow's Nest is located atop the Captain Cook Hotel in downtown Anchorage. Fine dining in an elegant setting with a great view of Anchorage and Cook Inlet. Watch the sun set over Mt. Susitna across the inlet and relax.
It is the only AAA 4 diamond restaurant in Anchorage.
20,000 bottles of wine to choose from. Excellent meat prepared well. Fresh seafood flown in daily. Dress well and understand this will cost you. Always seems worth the bucks to me.
This was our special occasion spot when we lived in Anchorage and still is when passing through. Sunday Brunch is outstanding as well.
Favorite Dish: Fresh oysters followed by a NY Steak. Bottle of Malbec. Finish up with creme brulee and a glass of port.
Recently had their Lamb Osso Bucco. Wow!Related to:
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Bangkok Cafe: Excellent Thai
This Thai Restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Located downtown just across the street from the Captain Cook Hotel in the parking lot between The Voyager hotel and an office building it isn't that easy to find but worth it.
Plain decor and excellent food and service. Went for a business lunch in June of 2012 and was a bit worried as no other customers were in the place - not always a good sign. One in our group had eaten here before and insisted it was a good spot.
It soon filled up though and our meal was excellent. I've spent time in Thailand and this was the real deal.
Favorite Dish: I had the Pad Thai and it was excellent. Waitress talked me out of hot and I settled for mild and was glad I did. Excellent flavors and fresh ingredients. $11.50
The others in our group each had the Kouy Tiew Nam (Pho Soup) and all raved about theirs as well. $12.50
Snow City Cafe: Best Breakfast
Snow City has been voted best breakfast since 2008 - and it's is a richly deserved title.
Nothing fancy in the setting, but great food and service.
Expect to wait 10-15 minutes most mornings, especially on the weekends.
Open 07:00AM to 3PM on weekdays and stays open a little later (4:00PM) on weekends.
Portions are huge, menu is inventive, organic, and somewhat healty.
Favorite Dish: Nuevo Huevos or Egg Benedict are both excellent.
Jen's Restaurant: European/Scandinavian Wow!
Located in a strip mall in midtown and yet inside is comforably elegant with fantastic cooking. The owner, Jens Hansen, is friendly and eccentric and a lover of great food. Always innovative and always delicous. It's all about great eating and a warm atmosphere.
A blend of European and Scandinavian foods and a very deep wine list.
Highly recommended by all the guide books and yours truely. Excellent lunches and dinners. The wine bar is great for eating a full meal or just sipping a glass. After 10PM, Jens cranks up the music and the place gets quite noisy. Closes around midnight.
Favorite Dish: Sauteed strips of Calamari Piccatta, Pan seared Kodiak Scallops on a saffron pernod. And whatever wine Jens recommends.
Returned in June 2012- just as good as ever. Had Foie Gras followed by a port chop.
Kumagoro Restaurant: Decent Sushi
Excellent sashimi and sushi, but to be honest - I'm no expert. I liked it and it was an easy walk from the hotel downtown. Went there for lunch and again for dinner. We had a lot of sushi lovers in our group and they seemed to like it.
Orso Restaurant: Nice Ambiance
Orso is one of the nicer restaurants in Anchorage. It has a dark, kind of reddish bordello-ish interior (or is that just the way my photo came out?) and pretty good Italian food - antipasti, salads, soups, pastas, steak, fish. I guess it is really Italian/Alaskan fusion. For instance, you might get a sirloin steak with a Chianti sauce and mashed Yukon Gold potatoes. (Are Yukon Gold potatoes Alaska food? Maybe this one is stretching the Italian/Alaskan fusion angle.)
OK, how about a Cashew Crusted Halibut with golden raisin-caper sauce, spinach, roasted red pepper couscous? That's gotta be Asian/Alaskan/Californian/Italian/Middle Eastern/Popeye fusion.
The food was pretty good, but pricey. But then, everything in Anchorage is pricey, so just be prepared (with money).Related to:
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Sullivans: Excellent Steakhouse
I hope your feeling hungry when you go in this place. It serves huge portions of everthing you could possibly want from a steakhouse.
We turned up with no reservation, but fortunately they had on table for two free.
Favorite Dish: Steak of course!
With the steak you get a huge half an Iceberg lettuce wedge with Blue cheese dressing, so there's no real need to order a side salad.
If you're on a budget then don't bother with the wine list!Related to:
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Rumrunners Bar and Grill: People Watch While You Eat
It was my last evening in Anchorage, I was alone, and was drawn to Rumrunners by the outside tables. It is in Old Towne, the main tourist area of Anchorage, and a great place to people watch while getting a bite to eat. The only problem is that the service, at least for the outside tables, was very slow and inattentive. Maybe the wait staff was more occupied with the larger inside crowd where there was lots of noise, a dance floor and liquor flowing. While I was dining a panhandler came by and solicited all of the outside diners. And no, he didn't want a bite to eat. I would have given him that.
Favorite Dish: I had the Fish and Chips: battered cod filets deep fried with french fried potatoes and cole slaw. It was OK. My suspicion is that those who dine inside the restaurant with a larger party may get better service and have a totally different experience here than I did.Related to:
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Organic Oasis: Good vegetarian and organic food
Organic Oasis is a restaurant and a juice bar! A nice cozy 'living room' feeling and very good food, live music and wireless network. So you can enjoy your wheat grass juice and surf for free here. But do not leave it to that juice, continue with a lunch or even a dinner. This place knows how to cook a delicious vegetarian food. Oh yeah.
And the live music is a nice addition. It is not usually too loud.
Favorite Dish: Portobella mushroom burger with feta cheese! Yummy!!!!
Monday 11:30 to 7pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs 11:30 to 9:pm
Fri, Sat 11:30 to 10:pm
NEVER ON SUNDAY
The Crow's Nest Restaurant: Fine dining high above the city
While in Anchorage I went to the aptly named Crow's Nest only once, however, the food, wine and service was exceptional (although correspondingly pricey) and I would highly recommend the experience to anyone who wants to treat themselves to an evening of gourmet cuisine and great wine selection. High atop the Hotel Captain Cook, the restaurant has a spectacular view of the Cook Inlet and city. The group of 12 I was with were all very impressed with the service, particularly when the entrees were served. Somehow the wait staff brought out all 12 dishes covered in silver domes, placed them in front of the correct person (without peaking) and lifted all 12 domes off in unison. Now that's what you call team work.
They all have a little bar next to the restaurant, where you can get great canapes and cocktails before dinner.
Favorite Dish: I can't remember the gourmet name of the dish, but it was essentially surf and turf, with filet mignon and Alaskan king crab and asparagus. Absolutely delicious.Related to:
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Ginger: Yummy PanAsian food
Beautiful restaurant with modern decor.
Good service & very tasty food!
I went with a group of friends and we all enjoyed the food (shrimp, beef, chicken, soup)
The restaurant was accommodating for a friend who has several food allergies.
Peratrovich Park: Reindeer Sausage
Skip the restaurant and have some delicious reindeer sausage from the street vendors in Peratrovich Park! They are served just like hot dogs from a hot dog cart. You have the options of the usual hot dog condiments along with jalapenos, cheese, and onions. If you got the combo, it comes with a soda and your choice of Tim's Potato Chips! They made an excellent, casual meal in the park! It tasted a lot like a bratwurst to me. I wish I could have another one right now.
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