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A r t a n d E n t e r ta i n m e n t • A c t i v i t i e s • T o u r s • N i g h t l i f e

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Welcome to Alaska! Exploring Anchorage is as easy as getting out and seeing the sights. There are hundreds of miles of interconnected trails, as well as a walkable downtown area replete with shopping and art galleries. Whether you plan to stay in Anchorage for the duration of your visit in Alaska or use it as a staging area for trips beyond, you’ll find the city has plenty to keep you occupied no matter what your tastes. Adventuresome tourists looking for thrills will revel in the city’s outdoor amenities, while those seeking culture and entertainment will find world-class theater venues and a thriving nightlife scene full of colorful local characters, hot new bands and emerging artists.

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Contents A Weekend in Talkeetna . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Turnagain Arm . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Native Crafts . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Music Venues . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Anchorage is truly a crossroads, and the eclectic mix of characters who call this city home live here because this is a place where different worlds can coexist in a magical natural setting we call Alaska. With this guide we’ve tried to give you an insider’s look at the events, people and places that make our city special. There’s information for newcomers to Alaska as well as hard-core locals. In these pages you’ll find calendars, information and listings that will serve as your guide while you explore all Anchorage has to offer.

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A Weekend Away in Talkeetna Q uaint, fun and beautiful, Talkeetna is a fantastic gateway to the great outdoors or the perfect place to take it easy under the watchful eye of Denali. Your only challenge will be trying to fit everything into your next weekend away!

Friday

Drive two and a half hours north of Anchorage, or if you’re really looking to relax, leave your car at home and book a train trip on the historic Denali Star. Arrive in Talkeetna and get situated by wandering around the charming town center and down to see the confluence of the Talkeetna, Chulitna and

Susitna rivers. On the way back into town, visit Nagley’s Store and see if you can spot the town’s infamous mayor, a 19year old cat named Stubbs. If you’re looking to splurge, book a flight-seeing tour over the Alaska Range and land on a glacier, the only way you could get closer to Denali would be to strap on some crampons! After you land, go to Twister Creek for a delicious pub meal and toast your flight-seeing adventure with some locally brewed beer from Denali Brewing Company.

Saturday

Wake up and have a big breakfast at the Roadhouse, an eclectic guesthouse and café, that is the unofficial basecamp for mountaineering expeditions. Keep your eyes peeled because you might end up sharing a table with Denali’s latest conqueror! Next up is a thrilling jet boat ride with Mahays up Talkeetna’s rushing rivers - you might be lucky enough to spot bald eagles, moose and maybe even a bear! For those watching their purse strings, Talkeetna Lakes Park is a great place to bike, fish and pick wild blueberries. The highlight of your trip will be the three and a half mile hike around X-Lake, just be sure to bring some bear spray because grizzlies are also known to visit the park.

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If it’s a clear day and you want the best free views of Denali, drive an hour north up to Denali State Park. Take the strenuous Little Coal Creek trail up to Kesugi Ridge and marvel at the majesty of the Alaska Range. For a more relaxed Sunday, take the Hurricane Turn Train, a wonderfully meandering whistle stop journey that

Go to Mountain High Pizza Pie for dinner and enjoy a delicious array of pizzas, flatbreads and salads. If you’re feeling brave you could even try the infamous Mountain High Pizza Pie, a pizza that has over 30 toppings and is said to contain ‘everything but the mosquitos!’

services remote Alaskan cabins. You will also travel through pristine wilderness and get to stop to photograph the abundant wildlife. Sadly, you’ve reached the end of your weekend, it’s now time to go back home, refreshed, reinvigorated and ready to plan your next trip to Talkeetna: the little town with big opportunities for adventure!

Sunday

Start your morning with a breakfast just out of town at the Flying Squirrel, a wonderfully alternative café that offers a comfortable atmosphere, an ever-changing menu and delicious freshly baked breads.

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Turnagain Arm I f you ask any Anchoragite what their favorite day drive is, the answer is almost always Turnagain Arm. The 48 mile drive from Anchorage to Girdwood is arguably one of the most beautiful stretches of highway in America. With Chugach State Park’s 3000-foot mountains jutting up on your left and the rolling waves of Cook Inlet on your right, every bend in the road is full of scenic wonder. To get the most out of your experience we recommend you begin with a quick stop at Potter Marsh. Roughly fifteen minutes south of downtown Anchorage, Potter Marsh is accessible from the New Seward Highway and features a 0.5 mile wooden boardwalk for bird viewing. From late April through September, birders can see Canada geese, northern pintails, canvasback ducks, red-necked phalaropes, horned and red-necked grebes, and northern harriers. If you look close enough, you may also spot an eagle nest in the cottonwoods near the base of the bluff. As you continue your journey south down New Seward Highway, make sure to stop at one of the many scenic pullouts to look for wildlife. Mountain goats often frequent the lower elevations of the mountains and sometimes even make their way down to the highway. In the later summer months, keep your eyes peeled for belugas who have been spotted hundreds of feet from the shoreline. When you arrive in Girdwood, we highly recommend stopping by locally owned Coast Pizza for one of their mammoth steak and cheese sandwiches or a 4 Insiders Guide anchoragepress.com

goliath slice of pizza. Just make sure you save room for dessert at the Alpine Bakery! If you are looking for a scenic but light hike, head over to Alyeska Resort and take advantage of Winner’s Creek Trail. The 2.5 mile trek takes you through lush forest, over a rushing river and ends with an epic ride on a hand tram suspended over Winner’s Creek Gorge. To relax after a long day of adventuring, head back to the Alyeska Resort and enjoy a 10 minute tram ride to the summit. Once there, pop by Alyeska Resort’s delectable AAA Four Diamond award-winning mountain-top restaurant, Seven Glaciers, for dinner or just a night cap. For seafood lovers, we recommend Chef Aaron Apling-Gilman’s Alaskan Paella.


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Native artists and crafters as well as souvenirs.

If you are looking for authentic Alaska Native art, check out the Alaska Native Medical Center (ANMC) Craft Shop. This world-renowned vendor offers one-of-a-kind consignment and commissioned works from Alaska Native artists and crafters from every region of Alaska.

Hours 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday

Hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. every day

Just be aware The ANMC Craft Shop does not accept credit or debit cards. So bring cash, U.S. checks and U.S. traveler’s

For more information, please call (907) 729-1122.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) offers an opportunity to learn and explore the traditional and contemporary ways of Alaska’s Indigenous cultures. Visitors can learn about 10,000 years of Alaska Native history and culture through art, dance, Native Games demonstrations, exhibits, traditional Native dwellings, movies and more.

11 a.m.-2 p.m. on the first and third Saturdays of each month Location 4315 Diplomacy Drive Anchorage, AK 99508

Be sure to visit their gift shop that offers art from Alaska

Location 8800 Heritage Center Drive Anchorage, AK 99504 For more information, please call (907) 330-8000 | (800) 315-6608.  

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Music Venues Alaska Airlines Center

3550 Providence Dr. – alaskaairlinescenter.com

This is UAA’s newest sports complex and now can boast being a hotspot for big name acts like country legend Brad Paisley. Their capacity is right around 3,500 for musical staging and there’s not a bad seat to be found. The sound system was designed especially for the space delivering fantastic sound. Hours vary for special events.

Al’s Alaskan Inn 7380 Old Seward Hwy

Known for a long time as the south Anchorage destination for karaoke, Al’s remodeled a couple years ago and now keeps the rock star wannabes in the back room. Out front are DJs and cover bands that play lively hip hop, rock, rap, country and more. The atmosphere is friendly, old school and it is known as one of the best bars in Anchorage. Open daily 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Anchorage Community Works 349 E. Ship Creek Rd. – anchoragecommunityworks.com

Located in a renovated warehouse, Anchorage Community Works (ACW) opened in 2013 with a mission to provide Anchorage residents a collaborative and creative space for artists and musicians of all ages to come together. ACW hosts music events in their space, game nights, art nights and more. Some are catered to the 21 and over crowd, but many are open to all ages–giving them a unique edge over other venues. They have no liquor license but can offer events with beer and wine under a catering permit. The space in ACW has an industrial feel and is perfect for dancing. Check out their calendar for a complete listing of their events. Open 9 – 5 p.m. with varying hours for events.

the Atwood hosts about every large Broadway production that comes to town. Most recent and favorite performances include Mamma Mia! and Peter Pan. Live performances from a variety of musicians are also on tap at the Atwood Concert Hall. Hours vary by event.

Avenue Bar 338 W. 4th Ave.

A younger crowd frequents this iconic bar on 4th Avenue. Rock and dance music are the main attraction at this drinking establishment featuring the best jukebox around, plus pool table and dart boards for further shenanigans. The Avenue starts hopping around 9 p.m., even earlier on the weekends. They have free Wi-Fi and the second Thursday of each month is ‘80s night, so break out your disco balls and big hair. Open daily 1 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., and until 3 a.m. on weekends.

theater, a café and The Bear Tooth Grill restaurant, great food (some of the best pizza you’ll find), and beer and wine served during shows. Be sure to try craft beers made by their special label, Broken Tooth Brewing. This location is more than a theater, it’s a gathering place and has an electric feel. With the tables removed, the theater turns into an awesome music venue and can hold up to 1,000 people. Big musical acts have performed here from the Cowboy Junkies to Wiz Khalifa. They also have national concerts (generally one per quarter) as well as a First Tap concert series featuring local and Outside touring acts. Their hours are: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sundays; 11 a.m. – 11p.m. Mon. – Wed.; 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Thur. & Fri.; 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Be sure to check their website for show times and hours of operation for special concerts and events.

Atwood Concert Hall

Bear Tooth Theatrepub

621 W. 6th Ave. – myalaskacenter. com

1230 W. 27th Ave. – beartooththeatre.net

Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge

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n ig h t l i f e music, food and outdoor patio with a lovely fountain and a large stage for musical acts. They have a full bar and extensive menu offering everything from small bites, sushi, salads, burgers and more. On a sunny day it’s hard to beat a cold drink, a bite to eat and good music that plays over a loudspeaker when bands are not on the scene at the patio. They open at 11 a.m. for lunch and the kitchen stays open until 11 p.m. for late night eats every day of the week.

Blue Fox Cocktail Lounge 3461 E. Tudor Rd.

The Blue Fox is the perfect dark, sort of dingy dive bar. It’s hard to beat if you want a place where people hang out to watch sports, have some down and dirty food and shoot the shit with the university crowd. They have a small stage with live music and on Fridays offer karaoke. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

Brown Bag Sandwich Co.

535 W. 3rd Ave. – akbrownbag. com

Brown Bag has long been known as the best sandwich around, but now that they’ve moved to their new location they are opening their doors to local musicians on occasion. On First Fridays acoustic acts are sometimes featured. They are also now offering a full bar with music every night. As a bonus, the kitchen stays open until midnight on weekends for late night sammies. Open weekdays 10 a.m. – 2 a.m.; weekends 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Koot’s

2435 Spenard Rd. – koots.com

This iconic bar set is in the heart of Spenard. Established in 1970, it’s a labyrinth of different bars, stages for live music and comedy acts and is well-known as the place to go if you feel like hooking up. Sawdust, shuffleboard and outdoor seating can also be found at Koot’s. The music and comedy scene features a mixture of local and national acts. Koot’s also hosts other events and gatherings, so be sure to check out their website. Open daily 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Dena’ina Center 600 W. 7th Ave.

The largest and most modern convention and conference center in town, the Dena’ina Center hosts national and local events, large

and small and has several private rooms available to have concurrent meetings, vendors and booths. It’s a well-known for hosting the Iditarod Musher’s Banquet, but also offers comedy shows and musical acts at times. Hours vary with events.

Discovery Theatre

621 W. 6th Ave. – myalaskacenter. com

Located at the Anchorage Center for the Performing Arts, this theater is predominantly used for touring acts with the Anchorage Opera, Alaska Junior Theatre and Anchorage Concert Association. This year you can see anything from Sweeney Todd to ballet to Bone Thugs ‘n Harmony performing on stage. Be sure to check their website for current events. Hours vary with each event.

The Egan Center 555 W. 5th Ave.

A huge venue offering more than 85,000 square feet, the Egan Center can host about anything; conventions, tradeshows, conferences, exhibits and even weddings. They have several spaces that can be divided for smaller gatherings, as well. Hours vary by event.

The Fancy Moose Lounge

4801 Spenard Road, The Lakefront Hotel

The Fancy Moose Lounge has been a local favorite since 1972, and is one of the most distinctive bars in Alaska. Amazing views of Lake Hood add ambiance to the bright spacious lounge. Live music nightly during the summer months, on the patio if weather permits. Open 11 a.m. – midnight.

The Fiesta Room 420 W. 3rd Ave.

The Fiesta Room is a dual facility with a large, open area downstairs and a smaller, intimate space upstairs. According to current news, they also have another small space across from the Hilton at 440 W. 3rd Ave. They book anything from fresh national acts to large production shows. A favorite of Anchorage’s downtown scene. Open during events.

Flattop Pizza and Pool 600 W. 6th Ave.

As you might imagine–pizza and pool are the feature at this local hangout. It’s long and thin, so it can get tight in there during the weekend and during certain sports

games; it’s the official place in town to watch the Oregon Ducks play, for instance. They have a juke box for your listening pleasure and DJs on the weekends. Open Sun. – Wed. 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.; Thur. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Flight Deck Bar & Lounge

842 International Airport Rd.

This is a well-known hangout for the pilot types who abound in Anchorage. A pseudo-dive bar, they offer great drinks, good bar food, dance floor and a taste of old Anchorage’s hospitality. They have a large stage and cover bands to play live music if you feel like getting your groove on. Open 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m. on weekdays, 11 a.m. – 3:30 a.m. on Fri. and Sat.

The Flying Chinook

4610 Spenard Rd. – flyingchinook. com

Attached to the Barratt Inn on Spenard Road, this is a newish addition to the music and bar scene in Anchorage. It’s well known for catering to local bands and has hosted a wide variety of local favorites including Granddad and Charlie Doesn’t Surf. National acts have made appearances here, as well. Chinese food available for hungry patrons. Owner Jessie Blair strives to foster a friendly, family atmosphere. Open daily 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Gaslight Lounge 721 W. 4th Ave

The Gaslight is an up-and-coming hotspot for the 20-something crowd doing the bar crawl on 4th Avenue. It’s dark, the drinks are cheap and it has the right feel for a perfect late night stop. They have DJs regularly and have started hosting some live musical performances as well. Open Sun. –

Thur. 10 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Hard Rock Café

415 E. St. – hardrock.com/cafes/ anchorage

Now seemingly a staple of the downtown scene, the Hard Rock is a fairly new addition to Anchorage. Local musicians perform on weekdays and weekends. There is an upstairs area that has its own bar, plenty of seating and music. Of course there is authentic rock regalia to see and a lively scene for all ages. Open Sun. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House 610 W. 6th Ave. – humpys.com

Humpy’s is an excellent choice for a hearty Alaskan meal, great service and drinks. Finish your meal with live music from reggae to rock and beyond. Family friendly until 9 p.m. Open Sun. – Thur., 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

L.E.D. Ultralounge & Grill

901 W. 6th Ave. – ledultralounge. com

One of the newest nightclubs and restaurants downtown, L.E.D. has DJs every night on the lounge side. Once a month they offer live music from a featured artist. There are multiple dance floors and special space dedicated to south of the border music like salsa, bachata and other Latin offerings on weekends. Open Mon. – Wed. 6 – 11 p.m.; Thu. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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aviator hotel (formerly the Lofts)

239 W. 4th Ave. – anchorageloftshotel.com

The Lofts Hotel Music Lounge is a destination for awesome live music in the heart of downtown Anchorage. There is a very cool, blues-y/southern rock vibe in this location—and you cannot beat the quality of musicians who offer up their stylings every night but Monday. Come hear Kenny Blackwell, Sammy Burrous and even occasional national acts like Color Me Badd who performed here recently. A kick-ass sound system and lounge seating makes it an intimate choice for date night. The Lofts also has event spaces available for private parties, weddings and more. Open 5p.m. every night but Monday for piped in music, drinks and dinner. Check out their website for live music show times and schedule.

McGinley’s Pub

645 G. St. – mcginleyspub.com

This is exactly what you wish a good Irish bar could be. The patrons and servers are friendly, Guinness is on tap, whisky is a-plenty and fish and chips are on the menu. They

are a great venue for cover bands. Loud and raucous times are to be had. Open Sun. – Wed. 11 a.m. midnight; Thur. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

O’Malley’s on the Green 3651 O’Malley Road – anchoragegolfcourse.com

On Friday nights this very classy restaurant at the public golf course offers three hours of live jazz from the likes of Rick Zelinsky and bluesy/rock by bands like Silver Train. Enjoy the beautiful view of Denali, downtown and the Chugach Mountains. Summer hours 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. daily.

Organic Oasis

2610 Spenard Rd. – organicoasis. com

As the name implies, this is a health food joint. Many people might envision sticks and lettuce with some kombucha on the side. Nope! It’s utterly delicious and you really don’t feel like you’re eating all that healthy - but you are. They have a large stage and offer up nice accompanying music for the early evening dining crowd (read: the older set!). Piano and guitar played softly so as not to distract from your

delicious food and conversation. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. noon – 5 p.m.

Pioneer Bar 759 W. 4th Ave.

If you’re in your 20s or even your 60s, the vibe at the Pioneer Bar is awesome. A wide array of humans gather here for jukebox music, good drink and conversation. On Tuesdays they have either a local band, DJ or performer come in. It can get loud in there, so Tuesdays are good for just listening. Open weekdays 10 a.m. – 2:30 a.m., Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Reilly’s Irish Pub 317 Fireweed Ln.

Reilly’s is awesome; a step back in time. It’s all about camaraderie, good drinks and not being fancy. They host live Irish music every week. The staff are great, the drinks are inexpensive and there are no strangers found there. Open Sun. – Thur., 10 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Silvertip Grill

Girdwood Town Square – silvertipgrill.com

This is a cute little restaurant and

sports bar in the heart of beautiful Girdwood. They have live music every weekend and a fun open mic night on Sundays. Open daily 9 p.m. – midnight or later

Sitzmark Bar & Grill

100 Olympic Mountain Loop, Girdwood – thesitzmark.com

This is the quintessential après ski bar replete with exposed wood, chalet-tall ceilings and gorgeous mountain views. It’s the place to go in Girdwood with year-round entertainment and a great social scene. The venue is big but still feels intimate. Big names sell out quickly and tickets are sold at a reasonable price, so you have to stay on top of things to get in. Live music is offered every weekend. Open Sun. – Thu. 11 a.m. – midnight; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Sullivan Arena 1600 Gambell St.

A huge and well-known venue for all Alaskans, Sullivan Arena hosts major concerts and shows. This summer look for the Nitro Circus Live, Van’s Road to Warped tour and other music festivals coming to the Arena. It’s also the home of the Alaska Aces hockey team

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If you like pizza and music, then Uncle Joe’s is a must. They’ve been hosting lots of great local musicians that we all love like Mike Olsen, JD Cox The Harmonica Guy, Emily Tipton and more. Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. noon – 10 p.m. Live music is on Tues. from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Sullivan’s Steakhouse

320 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 100 – sullivansteakhouse.com/anchorage

The lovely remodeled bar in this upscale establishment is a great venue for lounge music in the jazz and blues genres. Dress up a tad, grab a martini and some good food and settle in for a nice night out. Open Mon. – Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m

Wendy Williamson Auditorium

2533 Providence Dr. – uaa.alaska. edu/wwa

The Auditorium is configured for great views and sound. This is one of the larger venues in Anchorage but still feels intimate. National acts, the Anchorage Folk Festival, UAA recitals and plays are hosted by the Wendy Williamson Auditorium folks. Hours vary by event.

TapRoot

3300 Spenard Rd. – taprootalaska. com

The TapRoot is trying on some new ideas. From the new logo, new menu and now the new happy hour from 4 – 7 p.m. every day (except Mondays). They host a variety of community events, concerts and gatherings. This summer Mr. Whitekeys will be doing his thing again along with other great acts and bands. They have stepped up their game, so step in to check it out. Open Tue. – Sun. 4 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Williwaw

609 F. St. – williwawsocial.com

Williwaw is a multi-faceted gathering space and one of the newest and hippest in town. They offer craft cocktails, local brews, great food and friendly staff. The vibe is sort of industrial on the lower level, while the speakeasy upstairs is fancy and very hip. They have an awesome rooftop deck and host major events throughout the year. Regular hours are Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri. 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Town Square Park

544 W. 5th Ave. – anchoragedowntown.org

Local music abounds in this open venue, especially the free, Live After 5 summer concert series every Friday. Live music, food and beer garden, join the fun after a long week of work (or play). It’s a great scene and a fun way to hang with coworkers. friends and neighbors.

concerts and community events in the old Snow Goose Theater. If it’s anything like their Denali location, Anchorage is in for a good time.

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49th State Brewing Company

717 W. 3rd Ave. – 49statebrewing. com

Uncle Joe’s

Snow Goose out, 49th State Brewing in. Still under renovations but getting ready to roll out the red carpet to Anchorage, they are currently offering private tours,

At four locations: 6839 Jewel Lake, 11700 Old Seward Highway, and 3401 Tudor – unclejoespizzeria. com

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As you read this, most of Southcentral Alaska’s farmers markets are already in full swing, providing not just a wealth of fresh produce but

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also humanely-raised meats (including yak, goat and sheep), wild-caught seafood, and strong, hardy plant starts.

Here are some of the favorite Anchorage markets you can count on showing up year after year. With the recent addition

of markets in Mountain View and Muldoon, there’s now fresh produce within arm’s reach of almost every part of town.

Southcentral’s farmers markets also fuel innovation from small, local businesses looking to expand our local food scene. The delicious byproducts include locally baked bread, Mile 13.9 Knik-Goose Bay Road handcrafted artisanal Mile 13.9 Knik-Goose Bay Road 30 Summer Season May 1 - September pasta, homemade sauces, Summer Season Mayor30by– appointment September 15 Along The Iditarod Trail Wed-Sun 1-6 p.m. locally raised honey, locallyThursday – Sunday 1–6 p.m. 2017 Museum Outdoor Events grown barley products, plus rd June 3 National Trails Day Observed • Knik Museum Open House 1-6pm microgreens of all varieties and July 16th Museum’s 33rd Annual Picnic • Come share Potluck Picnic 1-5pm, fresh-made tofu. You’ll also find “Rain or Shine!” With A museum in a restored 1910 building, exhibits Knik’s Gold Rush Era, 1897-1917; Portrait Galleries, flowers, lots of live music, and Martin Buser to beAdmission: inducted$5,into Hall Fame Senior, kidsof under 18 - $2, Family $10 sometimes even handcrafted 376-7755 • WWW.WKHSOCIETY.ORG goods at most farmers markets A museum in a restored 1910 building, exhibits Knik’s Gold Rush Era, 1897-1917; Portrait Galleries, Sleds, Iditarod Sled Dog Race early history. in town.

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markets

Spenard Farmers Market

Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Most Anchorage markets are forprofit efforts, but the Spenard Farmers Market is a non-profit, run by an all-volunteer board— and the object of much welldeserved community love. Here’s to another summer full of live music, great produce, and some of the most innovative craft vendors in all of Southcentral, all in the parking lot just south of Chilkoot Charlie’s. 2435 Spenard Rd., spenardfarmersmarket.org

Center Market

Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Center Market is the only year-round farmers market in Anchorage. You’ll find them outside the Sears Mall during the summer, and inside during the winter. They have one of the widest varieties of products yearround, from handmade pasta to a variety of meats, Alaska Sprouts, barley products, honey products and a number of handmade sauces and sweets. 600 E. Northern Lights, thecentermarket. com

between downtown and midtown Anchorage. Don’t forget to check out the glorious cut flowers and vegetable starts, local-made fertilizer, ask for compost tea, or score a bite from one of the cafe vendors. 15th and Cordova, anchoragefarmersmarket.org

South Anchorage Farmers Market

Northway Mall Wednesday Market

Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This always-popular option in the south of town takes place in the parking lot outside the Subway/ Cellular One Sports Centre on Saturdays, with lots of live music, fresh seafood, vegetables, bread and plant starts. Not sure how to use all those great veggies you just bought? There’s usually a chef or two offering recipes that showcase locally-grown ingredients (and, better yet, samples of the finished product!) Starting in July, there’s also a Wednesday South Anchorage Farmers Market in the parking lot behind the Dimond Center, near the Dimond Center Hotel, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 11111 O’Malley Centre Dr., safm.org

Anchorage Farmers Market Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anchored by the wildly popular Arctic Organics farm, the Anchorage farmers market takes place in the parking lot of the Central Lutheran Church, right

Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting on June 29

Offering a great variety of Alaskagrown fresh fruits and vegetables starting in June. Look for the market canopies in the parking lot outside the Northway Mall. 3101 Penland Pkwy.

Muldoon Farmers Market

Saturdays 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The very shiniest, newest market in town is a project of the Anchorage Community Land Trust in Mountain View. Not only will the Mountain View market offer another option for local produce in north Anchorage, it’s also one of your only non-Wednesday, non-Saturday options going on in town. Look for the canopies at 3543 Mountain View Drive, just opposite Clark Middle School. anchoragelandtrust. org/mountain-view-farmersmarket/ or facebook.com/ mvakfarmersmarket

Alaska Pacific University Farmers Market

Thursday noon to 6 p.m. starting on June 16

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option is fresh produce from Alaska Pacific University’s Spring Creek Farm, available at the APU campus (4101 University Drive) every Thursday starting on June 16. This is one of the few markets that is projected to run through the end of October. 4101 University Drive; no website. Alaska’s farmers market scene is fast-growing and changing, with lots of options outside Anchorage, even up into the Interior and off the road system. The best places to find current information include the state’s Division of Agriculture and the Alaska Farmers Market Association. dnr.alaska.gov/ag/ag_ ms.htm, alaskafarmersmarkets. org

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Stay Safe Around Moose and Bear

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oose and bear in Alaska are both common species found not only in the rural backcountry of the state, but also in urban locations, including those in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. The Mat-Su has the highest has the highest average number of moose-vehicle collisions in Alaska followed by the Kenai Peninsula, Fairbanks area and Municipality of Anchorage. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game offer the following tips to on what to and what not to do when encountering two of the larger state mammals. Bear safety Nothing guarantees safety in bear country. For years people have believed that the one thing predictable about bear behavior is that it’s unpredictable. An Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologist disagrees. “Bears have reasons for doing things. It’s only from our lack of understanding that their behavior seems unpredictable,” says John Hechtel, an ADFG biologist with almost two decades of experience studying bear and human encounters. “I’ve seen people do stupid things to bears. I’ve seen people throw rocks at a grazing bear from two feet away just to get a better picture.” Hechtel emphasizes that 95 percent of the time, people are responsible for determining the outcome of a bear encounter. He said most bears tend to be wary of humans and often will do anything to avoid them with

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the exception of one “foodconditioned”. A bear with previous contact with people and was rewarded with food or trash is considered a foodconditioned bear. The result is bad for the bear and for people. “A fed bear is a dead bear,” Hechtel said adding 95 percent of food-conditioned bears will eventually become nuisances and have to be killed. Don’t panic if you see a bear eying you intently. The animal is just surveying the situation, trying to identify what sort of creature it has encountered,

and whether it might be in danger. Once it realizes it has happened upon a human, the bear usually moves off. If camping, never leave food out when not in use and store food in a vehicle or bear-proof locker. Use bear-proof garbage cans or dumpster for food disposal, keep your camp odorfree. In the backcountry, choose campsites carefully avoiding trails, salmon streams, animal carcasses, garbage or metal fire pits that may have left food odors. Cook at least 100 feet away from camp, downwind.

Do not cook near your camp, cook smelly foods, sleep in clothes with food odors, or bring any food or lotions into your tent. Store food, pots, lotions, clothes with food odors, and trash away from camp and try to cache your food out of a bear’s reach. If you see a bear that is far away or doesn’t see you turn around and go back, or circle far around. Don’t disturb it. If you see a bear that is close or it does see you, stay calm as attacks are rare. Bears may approach or stand on their


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hind legs to get a better look at you. These are curious, not aggressive, bears. Stand tall, wave your arms, and speak in a loud and low voice. Don’t run! Stand your ground or back away slowly and diagonally. If the bear follows, stop. Most bear charges are “bluff charges”. Don’t run! Olympic sprinters cannot outrun a bear and running may trigger an instinctive reaction to “chase”. Do not try to climb a tree unless it is literally right next to you and you can quickly get at least 30 feet up. Stand your ground. Many times charging bears have come within a few feet of a person and then veered off at the last second. If you have surprised a bear and are contacted or attacked and making noise or struggling has not discouraged an attack, play dead. Curl up in a ball with your hands laced behind your neck. The fetal position protects your vital organs. Lie still and be silent. Surprised bears

usually stop attacking once you are no longer a threat (i.e. “dead”). Moose safety While not normally aggressive, moose can become dangerous if provoked. People and moose in Alaska have been neighbors for thousands of years. The key to coexisting with moose is to avoid confrontations by giving moose plenty of space. Never approach a moose! Normally, moose will flee when they feel threatened but under certain circumstances, they can become aggressive. Understanding a moose’s body language, and the things that moose do when they are stressed, can help you stay safe. Indicators that a moose is stressed include: raised long hairs on its hump, laid back ears (much like a dog or cat), licking its lips. A moose that sees you and walks slowly towards you is not trying to be your friend; it may be looking

for a handout or warning you to keep away.

toward humans. In late spring and summer, cow moose with young calves are very protective and will attack humans who come too close. If you see a calf and not a cow, be very careful, because you may have walked between them which is a very dangerous place to be.

Don’t get near a moose if its only escape route is in your direction, and always leave yourself one or more escape routes. As a last resort, a large squirt of pepper spray will often move them, or at least provide you with some protection if they charge. Many charges are “bluff” charges, warning you to get back and keep your distance.

When a moose charges it often kicks forward with its front hooves. Unlike with bears or even dogs, it is usually a good idea to run from a moose because they won’t chase you very far. Get behind something solid; you can run around a tree faster than a moose can. If it knocks you down, a moose may continue running or start stomping and kicking with all four feet. Curl up in a ball, protect your head with your hands, and hold still. Don’t move or try to get up until the moose moves a safe distance away or it may renew its attack.

Moose are not normally aggressive; however, they can be very aggressive, especially in winter when they are hungry and tired of walking in deep snow; or when they are harassed by people, dogs, and traffic. Each moose has a different tolerance, but if they are harassed enough, many moose will respond aggressively. During the fall mating season bull moose may be aggressive

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Five Hikes Within 30 Minutes of Anchorage O’Malley Peak: Of course it is subjective, but I think O’Malley is the most distinctive and elegant peak of the skyline behind Anchorage. If you are in West Anchorage, the summit appears as a delicate pinnacle climbing ever-skyward in the middle of the panoramic Front Range. It is also a moderately easy hike, eight miles round trip on most formal and informal trails. And it is transit accessible: Take the Flattop bus from downtown that heads out to the trailhead during the summer. Trailhead: Glen Alps Directions to Trailhead: Take bus from downtown, or take O’Malley Road east, right on Hillside, left on Upper Huffman, and continue to Glen Alps, which is behind the gate at the top of the hill. Hiking Directions: From the parking lot, walk about a half mile east on the large trail to the Powerline Trail. Turn right, walking downhill for about a hundred yards before turning left onto Middle Fork Trail. Cross upper Campbell Creek on the footbridge, then continue on Middle Fork uphill for approximately two hundred yards. Though the trail is somewhat braided and eroded here, you should see a signpost marking the trail split. Leave Middle Fork Trail and head directly uphill, climbing O’Malley Gullly. At the mellow saddle, continue on a well-worn footpath up “The Ballfield:” O’Malley will be in front of you, with False Peak to your left. At the top of the Ballfield, climb the more moderate of two scree 14 Insiders Guide anchoragepress.com

slopes to the ridgeline. Then hang a left, following informal sheep and human trails to the summit. If you find yourself facing exposure, choose another route: At no point should there be significant risk of falling. Rainbow Peak: For a quick hike with incredible views of Turnagain Arm and the Kenai Mountains to the south, Rainbow is a good choice. It is a fairly short climb with plenty of elevation gain on well-used trails. For a more ambitious ramble, connect Rainbow with McHugh or South Suicide via their connecting ridge lines. Trailhead: Rainbow Trailhead Directions to Trailhead: Drive south on the Seward Highway, pulling into a fairly large, paved lot just past the road accessing the few homes in the Rainbow

area. Rainbow Trailhead is a couple minutes past Beluga Point and the freshwater spring. It is closer to town than Bird.

by scrambling up informal trails and talus slopes. The fairly long summit ridge has easy walking with panoramic views.

Hiking Directions: Follow the trail out of the end of the parking lot, heading west. The large trail parallels the Seward Highway briefly, crossing the dirt road for the Rainbow neighborhood. After climbing gently, the large trail up Rainbow Peak breaks off to the right, climbing a fairly prominent ridge. The trail climbs steeply through small trees, then follows a ridge (which has great views). That ridge climbs abruptly to Rainbow’s summit, so rather than climb it follow a well-used informal trail that side-hills across the face of Rainbow (heading generally northeast), before gaining the summit ridge

Symphony Lakes: If alpine lakes are your objective, check out Eagle and Symphony Lakes in the South Fork Eagle River Valley. A well-established trail leads to these lakes through a broad valley with peaks on either side. The lakes are stocked with fish, and are a good fly-fishing destination. Give yourself all day, or take camping gear to hang out, fish, or climb nearby peaks like Triangle or Cantata. It is approximately 10 miles round trip to Eagle Lake and back. Bikes are not allowed on this trail. Trailhead: Eagle/Symphony Lake


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Directions to Trailhead: From Anchorage: Take the Glenn Highway to Eagle River Loop Road. Turn right on Eagle River Loop Road, then right on Hiland Road. Continue on Hiland almost to where it ends before turning right on South Creek Road, right on West River Drive, then left into the parking lot. The route is well-signed once you’re on Hiland Road.

a plateau a mile or so before the lake. Mountain bikes are allowed on this trail, but cyclists should use extreme caution given the heavy trail use, yield to pedestrians, and not gain too much speed on the downhill back to the car. Rabbit Lakes also has fine camping, but fishing is poor to non-existent since the lake hasn’t been stocked in years.

Hiking Directions: Follow the trail, which leads straight to Eagle Lake. To access Symphony Lakes, cross the footbridge and follow informal trails through the old terminal and medial moraine, generally going southeast until the second lake comes into view.

Trailhead: Canyon Road

Rabbit Lake: To hike in a very social setting, follow the Rabbit Lakes trail out to Rabbit Lake, which is at the base of North and South Suicide peaks. The large, well-used trail climbs gradually from the Canyon Road trailhead before hitting

Directions to Trailhead: From the intersection of Hillside and DeArmoun: Head east on DeArmoun. Turn right on Canyon Road (a somewhat gradual turn on a small plateau that can be easy to miss), then follow Canyon Road to where it dead ends. Note that this road is narrow, one lane in places, and has a lengthy portion that is unpaved and can have many potholes. Hiking Directions: This one is simple: Follow the trail out to

Rabbit Lake, turning around when you feel like it. Hiking to the top of Peak 3, Flaketop, Ptarmigan, and either of the Suicides is possible from this trail. Baldy, Blacktail Ptarmigan Rocks: On warm summer evenings, area residents flock to Baldy, a short hike above Eagle River that has sweeping views of the Alaska Range. To go just a little deeper into Chugach State Park, follow the informal trail east along the ridgeline from Baldy for a couple miles. Blacktail Ptarmigan Rocks rise from the top of this ridgeline, and tempt hikers will longer walks back into the Eagle River watershed. This skyline walk is delightful when the winds are calm. Trailhead: Mt. Baldy Directions to Trailhead: From the Eagle River Loop Road, turn north onto West Skyline. Climb through many switchbacks

as the road changes names (Jamie, McCrary, Upper Skyline, Canyon View, Golden Eagle) until it dead-ends at the trailhead. Hiking Directions: The most direct route up Baldy climbs its west-facing ridgeline. This route is steep, and heavy use has caused significant erosion. For a more gradual climb, follow the old road out of the trailhead parking lot. At a small pond, turn right onto a trail that leads through alders and then tundra before gaining the ridge line just east of Baldy overlook. Guidebooks: Refer to Mollie Foster’s brand-new Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska’s Greatest Hiking Adventures or Shane Shepherd and Owen Wozniak’s 50 Hikes in Alaska’s Chugach State Park for more detailed hike descriptions and other trip descriptions.

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Day Cruising

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of any state -- so even if you’ve taken a cruise with one of our local operators before, there’s always something new to see. The closest day cruise to Anchorage doesn’t have anything to do with the ocean: It’s the M/V Ptarmigan of Portage Glacier Cruises (portageglaciercruises.com or 1-800-544-2206). Five times a day until mid-September, the Ptarmigan takes visitors out on Portage Lake to within 300 yards of Portage Glacier, with an educational narrative from the U.S. Forest Service. Unless you want to hike up

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out of both Seward (touring Kenai Fjords National Park) and Whittier (touring Prince William Sound). They also offer seasonal four-hour cruises that search for migrating gray whales. (majormarine. com, 1-800-764-7300) Kenai Fjords Tours also offers day cruises out of Seward into Kenai Fjords National Park, with five standard cruises that range from four to nine hours long, plus seasonal gray whale watching and a sea kayaking package. Their season runs through late September. (kenaifjords.com, 1-877-7774051)

Blackstone Bay that showcases the glaciers in Alaska’s long evening light. The first two cruises run daily through September; the sunset cruise runs July 18 - 21 and July 1 August 15. (phillipscruises.com, 1-800-544-0529)

Also out of Whittier, Alaska Good Time Charters offer smaller, more intimate cruises into Prince William Sound on their 40-foot, 15-passenger M/V Fool’s Gold. They offer three, five, or seven-hour tours and you have a good chance of encountering wildlife

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he cuisine scene in Anchorage is as varied and interesting as the people who live here. Asian fusion meets burgers and pizza meets excellent falafel and satay. If you want reindeer sausage, there are loads of places for that from street vendors to upscale establishments far and wide. Of course, downtown and South Anchorage are main hubs for great restaurants if you want to get gussied up or grab a sandwich on your way to your next meeting. Spenard is another area of town with a number of dining options from laid back restaurants, cafes, ethnic restaurants and deli counters. Everyone knows about the street vendors and food carts that can be found everywhere–especially downtown in the summer. In the past couple of years, however, these “pop-up” food carts have expanded to many other areas of our fine city. Something to remember is that some of Anchorage’s best restaurants are in areas of town or building locations that look less than noteworthy. Be sure to check out some of the more interesting restaurants in this guide for an experience that goes beyond just food.

Campobello Bistro

Fine Dining Club Paris

417 W. 5th Ave. 277-6332 clubparisrestaurant.com

An iconic restaurant in the heart of downtown Anchorage for decades, Club Paris is a must for residents and visitors alike. Known for the filet mignon and delicious seafood dishes, this is a small establishment and seating is limited. The beautiful marble bar is a great stop for a perfect martini and appetizer before setting off to a play or movie, as well. A great place for lunch or dinner, the staff are very friendly and efficient. Open Mon. – Sat. 11:30 – 2:30 p.m.; dinner served daily from 5 – 10 p.m.

Crow’s Nest

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Wild Seafood Italian Mediterranean

On the highest floor of the famous Captain Cook Hotel, this fine dining, AAA four diamond establishment has unparalleled views of the mountains and city and excellent French and American cuisine. It’s the place to go for special occasions and has offerings from fancy foie gras to expertly prepared fresh Alaskan seafood. They also boast a huge selection of fine wines from their 10,000-bottle wine cellar. Reservations are recommended. Open Mon. – Sat. 5 – 9:30 p.m.

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A nice drive along Turnagain Arm topped off with a beautiful meal certainly makes for a lovely date night or fun night out with friends. Since 1962, the Double Musky has been a destination restaurant for

all and they even have their own signature cookbook. Their cuisine is self-described as “Mountain Cajun” and their menu has something for everyone, from spicy jambalaya and pepper steak to crab stuffed halibut. They don’t take reservations, so be prepared to wait. Designated drivers are also recommended if you’re going to have some drinks with dinner. Open Tue. – Thur. 5 – 9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Flying Machine Restaurant

4800 Spenard Rd. (Lakefront Hotel) 243-2300

Open for breakfast and dinner, this lovely restaurant has incredible views of Lake Hood and on clear days, the Alaska mountain range. Their great food is described as “American classics with an Alaskan twist.” It’s a laid back restaurant with fine service, full bar and fancy touches. The seafood is always fresh and excellent. Their soups are great and the shrimp skewers as an appetizer are hard to beat. Breakfast is served 5:30 – 11 a.m.; Dinner 5 – 10 p.m.

Ginger

425 W. 5th Ave. 929-3680 gingeralaska.com

Ginger offers up a menu in the Pacific Rim/Asian fusion realm. The ambiance is clean, simple and quite lovely. There are wonderful cocktails in a large open bar area that also serves the full menu and a more formal dining area with very comfortable seating. Everything is done right in this restaurant, so prepare to be wined and dined in style. Savory rice dishes, sumptuous meat dishes, fresh seafood and vegetarian options await you. It’s worth the extra bit of money if you want a special night out. Mon. – Fri., 11:30 – 2 p.m.; brunch Sat. and Sun


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Haute Quarter Grill 525 W. 4th Ave. 622-4745 hautequartergrill.com

This is a contemporary American restaurant that offers up locallysourced (when possible) delicacies such as chevre, mushroom ravioli and prime rib. A fine wine selection and great signature cocktails pair up nicely with each menu selection—just ask your server for their recommendation. This is also a place that’s worth a little extra money for the experience of excellent food, spirits and service. Open Tue. – Thur. 5 – 9 p.m.; Fri & Sat. 5 – 10 p.m.

Jens’ Restaurant

701 W. 36th Ave. 561-5367 jensrestaurant.com

The theme at Jens’ is a delightful mixture of Danish and American cuisines. Specials change often, so you can try new dishes each time you return. Serving lunch and dinner, Jens’ has a variety of great options in the meat, seafood and poultry department. They also are notable for their unique soups, salads and appetizer options. You will

understand why there is always a buzz about Jens’ once you try it. Open for lunch Mon. – Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Dinner Tue. – Sat. 6 – 10 p.m.

Kincaid Grill

6700 Jewel Lake Road. 243-0507 kincaidgrill.com

Upon entering Kincaid Grill, the calming décor and ambiance immediately puts you at ease. The servers are excellent, the food is consistently delicious and the wine list is impressive. They do not have a full bar, but the wines will make you forget that. The restaurant is owned by famed chef Al Levinsohn and their executive chef, Drew Johnson, is well-known in foodie circles. This fall, Chef Drew will be inducted into the prestigious Chaine de Rotisseurs, the world’s oldest and largest food and wine society. Though this gem of a restaurant is in an unassuming strip mall, that becomes instantly forgotten once you’re inside. You can make reservations online and they are suggested on the weekends. Open Tue. – Sat. 5 – 10 p.m.

Kinley’s

3239 Seward Hwy. 644-8953 kinleysrestaurant.com

– 6 p.m.; Mon. and Sat. 5 – 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. to closing) at Kinley’s is the best way to get a feel for the food at Kinley’s with their wide selection of appetizers at just half the price. Dinner at Kinley’s is completely delicious from the halibut cheeks to the ravioli to the to-die-for desserts. It’s a great place for a night on the town and a wonderful spot to take your date. Open for lunch Tue. – Fri. 11:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.; dinner Mon. – Thur. 4 – 9 p.m.; Fri. 4 - 10 p.m.; Sat. 5 – 10 p.m.

Marx Bros. Café

627 W. 3rd. Ave. 278-2133 marxcafe.com

Since 1979 one of the partner/owners of Marx Bros., Van Hale, has been a delightful tableside Caesar salad chef/raconteur. His ability to make conversation and guests feel at home is matched only by the deliciousness of the salad! Entrees change almost daily to accommodate what’s freshest and available per season. Thoughtful wine pairings make the meals even more delightful. Do make reservations, as this cozy restaurant only has 14 tables. Summer hours through September, Tue. – Sat. 5:30 – 10 p.m.

Orso

737 W. 5th Ave 222-3232 orsoalaska.com

You can use the iPad wine list at Orso to find the perfect pairing for your yummy appetizers, entrees and even your dessert. They have 20 wines available by the glass and 150 by the bottle, so you might want to do your homework ahead of time or ask your server for suggestions. They have a large menu to suit whatever your palate is craving and a very nice seating area in the bar and dining room. Open Sun. – Thur. 4 – 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 – 11 p.m.

Pangea

508 W. 6th Ave. 222-3949 pangearestaurantandlounge.com

This restaurant is brand new on the Anchorage downtown scene. They offer up delicious foods from around the world and locally source as many ingredients as possible. Their menu ranges in price quite a lot, from small plates and salads to entrees that are in the $20+ range. They will have a full bar, but at press time were only serving beer and wine. Lunch Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Wed. – Sun. 5 – 10 p.m.

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Pub House Gastropub 1200 L. St. 222-8787 pubhouseak.com

Daily specials, delightful ambiance and amazing victuals await you at the Pub House. Well known for his ability to combine unexpected flavors— like the pan-fried oyster po’boy with house made pickles—Chef Vane does not disappoint. The wine list is extensive and they have 20 beers on tap. Live music is offered on Thursdays. Breakfast served in Café 501 from 6 – 10:30 a.m.; Pub Dinner from 4 – 10 p.m.; Pub Lounge 4 p.m. – midnight.

Sack’s Café

328 G. St. 276-3546 sackscafe.com

Simple and sleek, this is a sophisticated spot catering to the more mature crowd; linen and stemware–even for lunch. Known for their seafood, Sack’s is now under the management of the folks we know and love at Spenard Roadhouse, Snow City Café and South. They just underwent renovations, so be sure to go check out the new digs at Sack’s. Hours are Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for lunch; 5 – 9 p.m. for dinner; Sat. & Sun. brunch 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Seven Glaciers

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood 754-2237 alyeskaresort.com

Seven Glaciers is a top-notch dining experience located at the lovely Alyeska Resort. They are a AAA four diamond-rated restaurant nestled in the Chugach mountains—just one short tram ride up to the top. Wines to go with your exquisite meal and a view of the seven surrounding glaciers can’t be beat. Perfect for special occasions, a date night or just because. They open daily at 5 p.m. and reservations are recommended.

South

11124 Old Seward Hwy. 770-9200 southak.com

Walking into South during their busiest hours can be intimidating, but the crowds are there for a reason. The ambiance is eclectic and hip, the cocktails are cool and delicious and the food is outstanding. Their menu is not vast and has something for everyone: great salads; great sandwiches and burgers; soups; large plates; small amuse bouche plates; excellent desserts. Breakfast, brunch and lunch options are easy on the pocketbook, but South goes fine-dining for dinner. There is a chef’s kitchen for private parties and visiting chefs, and a beautiful deck

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that overlooks the railway. They also have an attached coffee shop where you can grab a pastry or small bite to enjoy. Hours are Mon. – Thur. 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Tequila 61°

355 E. St. 274-7678

A “Mexican Gastropub” with a modern take on traditional Mexican cooking, Tequila 61° is new to the downtown Anchorage restaurant scene. They offer Mexican and international cuisine with a cuttingedge approach. The menu is impressive with small plates, fresh salads, seafood and meat options. Tequila 61° also has a superior collection of wines, traditional and hand-crafted spirits and artisanalcrafted beers from local breweries in a great atmosphere. Open Mon. Wed. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Thur. - Sat. 11 a.m. - midnight.

Torchon Bistro

1921 W. Dimond Blvd. 563-8888 torchonbistro.com

A gourmet destination, Torchon Bistro offers a weekly prix fixe menu based on a specific culinary concept. They also have beer and wine events each month featuring various wineries and brewhouses. Their food is thoughtful–keeping in mind taste, texture and season. Where else can you sample pig ear tendrils? The chefs at Torchon Bistro strive to use as many locally-sourced produce and meats as possible. Freshness and flavor profiles are the key. Save up some pennies and enjoy a fine dining experience. Hours are Tue. – Thur. 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5:30 – 10 p.m.; Sunday brunch 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Williwaw

609 F. St. – williwawsocial.com

Williwaw is a multi-faceted gathering space and one of the newest and hippest in town. They offer craft cocktails, local brews, great food and friendly staff. The vibe is sort of industrial on the lower level, while the speakeasy upstairs is tres chic. They have an awesome rooftop venue and host great events throughout the year. Regular hours are Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m.-midnight; Fri. 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m

International Cuisine Bombay Deluxe

555 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 2771200 bombaydeluxe.com

This is the place to go if you have a hankering for chicken tikka masala or lamb kebabs. They are undoubtedly the premier Indian restaurant in Anchorage, and offer up many vegetarian and seafood dishes for those not into eating other mammals. Be sure to get the garlic naan and vegetable samosas. Delivery available. Lunch buffet Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Mon. - Fri. 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 12:30 – 9 p.m.

Café Amsterdam 530 E. Benson 274-0074 café-amsterdam.com

More than just a little café, this is a step into a different locale featuring breakfast and lunch all day long. They have yummy food and serve up beer and wines that will go along with your benedict florentine or reuben sandwich. They are located in the Metro Mall–but once you’re inside the grotto, their long wooden bar and Bavarian feel make for a great dining experience. Dinner specials daily. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hula Hands

4630 Mountain View Dr. 278-4852 501 W. Fireweed Lane 339-4852 hulahands.com

South Pacific meets Anchorage in both locations of Hula Hands. Offering adventurous cuisine and an inviting atmosphere, the spirit of Aloha reigns. Head to Hula Hands to enjoy the bounty of the islands. Hours are Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10

p.m.; Sun. noon – 8 p.m.

Namaste Shangri-la 2446 E. Tudor Rd. 569-3000 namasteshangrila.com

A fusion restaurant of Himalayan proportions, combining cuisines from regions such as Burma, Nepal, India and Tibet. For the vegans out there, this is mecca. Box lunches are also available if you’re on your way to hike or paddle somewhere. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.; dinner 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Safari Restaurant 2813 Dawson St. 561-1995

Ethiopian offerings with a Somali flair are what’s to eat here. Yummy fried bread called mandazi, loads of vegetable and meat dishes with just the right spices. Most dishes are served up family style and eaten with rice and flatbread.

Turkish Delight

2210 E. Northern Lights Blvd. 2583434

Featuring Turkish and Mediterranean foods, we highly recommend the chicken kebab, hummus and their desserts. The staff is wonderful and the food is addicting, plus it’s cozy and very pretty inside. Grab a Turkish coffee for an instant pick-me-up— they’re strong, small and served in a gorgeous demi-tasse. Open Mon. – Fri. 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. 5 - 9 p.m.

West Berlin

4133 Mt. View Dr. 277-7600

You will find your favorite, made-fromscratch German dishes at West Berlin. They also feature an impressive beer list and delicious desserts. Be sure to ask for the special sauerbraten. Service can be slow, so don’t be in a rush. Their hours vary so be sure to check their Facebook page or give them a call.


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Tommy’s Burger Stop 1106 W. 29th Place 561-5696 tommysburgerstop.com

More than a burger joint, they have perfected the fine art of delicious hot sandwiches from mouthwatering po’ boys of differing varieties of Phillies. Located in the heart of Spenard, Tommy’s Burger Shop serves awesome salads, seafood sandwiches, wings and more. Side of chili cheese fries, anyone? Take out is preferable, as seating is quite limited. Open Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. noon – 6.

Wee B’s

1260 O’Malley Rd. 522-1260 3301 Spenard Rd. 743-8078 1360 Northern Lights Blvd. 743-9090 yakandyetialaska.com

This Himalayan restaurant and café in different locations is a popular Anchorage stop. The café is next to Title Wave used books and in the same strip with REI. They serve delicious lunches and bites. The Spenard location is a more formal sitdown restaurant, yet priced for those of us on a budget. Hours are different in each location, so be sure to check their website or give them a call.

Burgers

Arctic Roadrunner

2477 Arctic Blvd. 279-7311 5300 Old Seward Hwy. 561-1245

This classic burger joint is just what the doctor ordered when you’re having that craving. A local favorite for decades, newbies can start with the basic quarter-pound burger and build up from there. They have super creative options ranging from chili peppers, salami, ham and specialty sauces. Live it up and get yourself a burger. They also offer other sandwich

options and the Old Seward location sits creekside. The Arctic location is open Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Old Seward location Mon. – Sat. 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Burger Jim

704 E. 4th Ave. 274-4330

An eclectic menu awaits you with tasty and copiously-served Asian selections to go along with your traditional burger and fries. Lunch specials, salads and a handy downtown location for workers and visitors. It’s not fancy and they are great if you’re dining on a budget. We suggest the Hula burger or the Ranch burger. And best of all, they deliver. It’s not fast food, it’s good food fast. Open 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; closed Sun.

Long Branch Saloon 1737 E. Dimond Blvd. 349-4142

Somewhat a dive bar, yet they are known around town for their excellent burgers with freshly baked buns. Prices are very reasonable; you must try the chili cheese fries. Open Sun. – Thur. noon – 2:30 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. noon – 3 a.m.

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Handmade everything is the key to the burgers in this gem of a place. From the buns to the burgers to the hand-cut fries, all are made from scratch. They also offer salads and other typical fast food, but the burgers are really the reason to visit Wee B’s, or maybe it’s the retro video games?. Very affordable and very good; treat yourself to an authentic milkshake when the weather gets hot. Open Mon. – Sat. 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

109 W. 4th Ave. 279-3954

This is a favorite of a lot of us in town for their burgers and their infamous and delicious halibut sandwiches. An old-fashioned greasy spoon, the White Spot Café is a step back in time. Plain old good American fare served up simply and deliciously, plus they have beer and wine! Prices range from about $11 to $18. They only take cash so don’t bother bringing the plastic. Open Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Spenard open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. noon – 10 p.m. Northway Mall location open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p..m.; Sun. noon – 6 p.m.

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Denali and Muldoon locations open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Jewel Lake location open Tue. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

are such that it’s two meals for the average eater. Their menu is available on places.singleplatform.com. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Closed Sun.

a.m. – 10 p.m. every day. Eagle River location is open Sun. – Thur. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Charlie’s Bakery

Dami

The name can be confusing, however, what’s inside is more than baked goods. It’s Chinese food done right. Visitors from far and wide (even China) comment on the authenticity of the great food here. It’s cafeteria style with great, friendly service. Be sure to try the dim sum on Saturdays. Open 11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Closed Sunday.

A lovely sushi bar, koi pond, ample seating and fast, friendly service is what you’ll find at Dami. Located on 5th Avenue adjacent to the Econo Lodge and half a block from Press world headquarters, this is a staff favorite. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. noon – 10 p.m.

2729 C. St. 677-7777

Fireweed location Mon. – Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Tue. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m

Phonatik Vietnamese Cuisine 901 E. Dimond Blvd. 336-8880

Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sun. noon – 8 p.m.

Ray’s Place

642 E. 5th Ave. 274-5211

China Lights Oriental Cuisine

2412 Spenard Rd. 279-2932 raysplaceak.com

12110 Business Blvd, Eagle River 694-8080 9220 Old Seward Hwy 522-5888 chinalightsak.com

Lunch 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Mon. – Fri. 5 – 9 p.m.. (closed Sat. and Sun.)

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Both locations have a wonderful feel and great food. Sushi, soups, appetizers, a la carte menu, lunch buffet and dinner specials; reasonable prices make it a place you can take the whole family and not break the bank. Limited delivery is also available and you can call or order online (Anchorage location only). Anchorage location is open 11

Bangkok Café

930 W. 5th Ave. 274-2233

A wide range of delicious choices awaits you at the Bangkok Café. We suggest you try the spring rolls and the Tom Yum soup with shrimp. It’s not that expensive and the portions

Ding How Mongolian BBQ 1241 Muldoon Rd. 345-0033

Everyone in Anchorage knows Ding How BBQ and everyone in Anchorage loves to go back whenever they can. They offer up a Chinese buffet and, as the name implies, delicious Mongolian BBQ. It’s very busy during regular lunch and dinner hours, so plan accordingly and eat up and enjoy the great people who work there. Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Fu Do

2600 E. Tudor Rd. 561-6611 fudochineserestaurant.com

Kitschy and cool, this is a fun place for the family to go and marvel at the knick-knacks and colorful décor. They have plenty of dinner combinations for a family dinner night; everyone will be happy and there are no dishes to clean. Delivery available with a $20 minimum order. Open Sun., Tue. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. until 10:30 p.m.

Fukumaru Teriyaki 4505 Spenard Rd. 222-6394

137 W. delicious, fresh ingredients. We have heard the pot stickers are a favorite. So are their $9 lunch specials. Open Mon. – Fri. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Ichiban Japanese 2448 Tudor 563-6333

Everybody will find something they like at Ichiban (which means “number one” in Japanese). They offer up all the crowd favorites and the prices are very reasonable. Take out is also available if you’re in a rush. Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. noon – 11 p.m.; Sun. 4 – 10 p.m.


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11401 Old Glenn Hwy., Ste. 103, Eagle River 696-3339 sushianchorge.com

Despite their website address, Jimmy’s now is open only in the Eagle River location. They are looking for a new Anchorage location, so be sure to keep tabs by checking online. Quality and delicious sushi, hand rolls and yummy entrees are what Jimmy’s is known for, along with excellent, friendly service. Try the noodles, salads , soups or their Thai selections for a something light and delicious. Open Mon. – Thur. 11a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 1 – 9:30 p.m.

Kobe Teppayki House 3400 Arctic Blvd. 762-5283

This place is hopping on the weekends, so be sure to make reservations if you want to sit at one of the cook tables. The atmosphere is lively and entertaining and the food is delicious and fresh. They have a large menu including yummy shumai and sushi to accommodate all tastes and can cook you up a vegetarian meal if that’s your gig. Your dinner at the cook table includes soup, salad and even dessert, think of it as a local version of Benihana. Mon. – Fri. lunch buffet 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and dinner 5 – 9:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. dinner 3 – 9:30 p.m.

Kumagoro

533 W. 4th Ave. 272-9905 kumagorosushi.com

This fine restaurant in downtown offers up excellent Japanese dining and a beautiful sushi bar. Healthy, light and flavorful, you will leave feeling bright and energized. Start with the spicy kimchee, choose a lunch special, noodle dish, lunch box, tempura or endless dinner entrees, including sushi and sashimi. Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

My Thai

333 W. 4th Ave. 333-0684 4mythai.com

My Thai is flavorful, delicious and healthy. They specialize in togo orders in a clean and friendly environment while you wait. They use no MSG and offer special vegetarian and gluten free options, as well. Brown rice is also available upon request. They don’t mind substitutions and spice levels can be customized from mild to very hot. Delivery available. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. noon – 9 p.m.

OEC Revolving Sushi Bar 1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd.. 277-7655

Show up with some quick reflexes to spot your favorites in this fun concept restaurant. Sort of like a buffet, but it’s a more conveyor belt meets grab ‘n go eat. Great food and a fun way to try new sushi rolls. Variety is the spice of life, right? Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. noon – 11 p.m.; Sun. noon – 9 p.m.

Peter’s Sushi Spot

3020 Minnesota Dr. 562-5187 peterssushispot.com

Peter’s is known for their delicious Japanese Cuisine and Asian fusion selections. They have a huge selection of traditional Japanese dishes and a flair for creating their own twist on Asian classics like Mongolian beef, Kung Pao chicken or crispy duck. Anchorage’s version of Nobu in a strip mall. Lunch and dinner specials, beer and wine available. Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m – 11p.m.; Sat. noon – 11p.m.; Sun. noon – 9 p.m.

Ray’s Place

2412 Spenard Rd. 279-2932 raysplaceak.com

mood for Japanese, Chinese, Korean or Thai. It’s a little fancier than some places around and they have a fine selection of beer, wine and sake. Great service, always. Open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily, until 11 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

Sushi Garden

1120 E. Huffman Rd. 345-4686 sushigardenak.com

This modern Asian restaurant and sushi bar is sleek and very pretty. Even the food is pretty. Located in South Anchorage, they elevate healthy and upscale dining to a new level. Aside from Asian, they also have some American classics on the menu. Beer and wine available. Open 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. daily.

Sushi Ya

1111 E. Dimond Blvd. 522-2244 aksushiya.com

A very calming environment awaits you at Sushi Ya. The sushi rolls are made on the spot by expert sushi chefs. They also have a very nice selection of sake, beer and wine. Great for lunch (the service is very prompt and where else can you get a bento box for under $8?) or a romantic dinner. Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. – 11

Ray’s is always busy (for good reason) and very family-oriented. Everyone who works there is related to someone, somehow. The food is outstanding and has won the hearts of the readers of the Press for years. Try anything that sounds slightly good and you will not be disappointed. They know flavors and how to make everything look and taste fabulous. Anything with ginger in it is done to perfection and their Pho is some of the best in town. Lunch 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Mon. – Fri. 5 – 9 p.m.. (closed Sat. and Sun.)

Siam Cuisine

1911 W. Dimond Blvd. 344-3663 siamcuisineak.com

This great establishment leans in the direction of Thai-inspired cuisine. They will customize any dish, so be prepared for something wonderful and exactly to your liking. Cooking up delicacies since 1990, they’ve got it down to a science. Be sure to check out their great lunch specials. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Silk

500 E. Benson Blvd. 274-5236 silkak.com

Just about any Asian cuisine is on the menu at Silk. They also have classic American dishes if you’re not in the

p.m.; Sat. noon – 11 p.m.; Sun. noon – 10 p.m.

VIP Restaurant

555 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 2798514

Located in Midtown this is delightful Korean cuisine, whether you are looking for a quick lunch or meandering dinner. They are known for the noodle dishes, sizzling rice served in a stone bowl and their barbequed meats. Lots of vegetarian options and seafood as well. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Won Jo Tofu House

515 W. Fireweed Ln. 222-6715

Excellent Korean food is one of the reasons Won Jo Tofu House is so popular, but the other reason is the phenomenal service. You’ll find a staff of primarily middle-aged Korean ladies who make the experience a delight. Go for lunch or dinner for mood elevation and yummy food. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. noon – 10 p.m.; Sun. 5 – 10 p.m.

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South of the Border

El Dorado

4300 Old Seward Hwy., Ste. D1 770-2888 eldoradoak.com

326 Boniface Pkwy. 929-1419 twofatguyscatering.com

The name is correct. Their burritos are heavenly creations. Stuffed to the brim, the giant burritos make for a manly-sized meal or two for those of us with smaller appetites. They have great selections to create your most delicious, delightful handmade burrito from a wide variety of meats, cheeses, toppings, vegetables (even spinach if you’re feeling healthy). Open for breakfast and lunch. Open Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Chepo’s Mexican Restaurant

11535 Market St., Eagle River 6945882 731 W. Parks Hwy., Wasilla 373-5656 cheposfiesta.com

Open since the ‘80s, Chepo’s is a family-oriented place that serves up familiar Ameri-Mexican food. Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Fairly new, El Dorado has a fine selection of traditional Mexican and American fare, drinks and refreshments suitable for the whole family. They have affordable lunch menu items to full-on delicious dinner entrees. The enchiladas Acapulco are divine. Service is amiable and they refill your horchata. Free delivery for any order over $20. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. noon – 10 p.m.

Gallo’s Mexican Restaurant

Family-run, these great restaurants are everyone’s favorite place to get a great margarita, watch the game and enjoy their version of Mexican cuisine. Gallo’s enchiladas are exceptionally good served with refried beans and flavorful rice. Their salsa bar caters to all tolerances of spice. Full bar service. Open Sun. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

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These folks are experts and have been a staple of downtown since 1953. A short walk or drive from your office or hotel and you’re transported to Alaska’s version of old Mexico. They have been a crowd favorite for many years and the best news is that the deliver to downtown. La Cabana also has numerous draft beers on tap and a huge array of tequilas. Open Sun. – Fri. 11 a.m. – close; Sunday brunch buffet 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This is a must for those who love authentic Mexican food. The ceviche is some of the best in all of Alaska,rivaling that of Mexico, and their décor will make you happy. This is truly the best Mexican food in Anchorage. For a hangover lunch, try the torta loca paired with a refreshing beer-and-clamato michelada. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

La Mex

8330 King St. 344-6399 homeofthegrande.com

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La Cabana

Known as the “Home of the Grande,” La Mex is a great place to eat. Period. They’re known for their excellent margaritas, as well. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Serrano’s Mexican Grill 201 E. Northern Lights Blvd. 7441555 serranosmexicangrill.com

A healthier menu is one of the things we know about Serrano’s. It’s got a friendly atmosphere and great wait staff. They do it up fresh at Serrano’s – grilled meats, lots of flavorful sides and salads. And the fried ice cream is the best way to treat yourself after a healthy meal. Delivery and catering available. Check out their pennyencrusted tables! Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. 12 – 9 p.m.

Taco King

113 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 1330 Huffman Rd. 3501 E. Tudor Rd. 3003 Tanglewood Dr. 2001 E. 88th Ave. 771-6000 tacokingak.com

Yes, it’s a chain. But it’s local and really good. Loads of people make this their go-to place after a long day of toiling in the gold mines. It’s not expensive, consistently good and there’s something for mom, dad and little Jenny and Johnny. Exceptional lengua and pozole. And they deliver! Open Mon. – Thur. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m. – midnight; Sun. noon – 10 p.m.

Tequila Kitchen Express 2514 E. Tudor Rd. 561-5611

Fast food but not in that bad way. They have their flavor profiles down pat here and you can get it as spicy as you want. From the folks who brought us Serrano’s. Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. noon – 9 p.m.

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Bistros, Etc.

Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar 417 D. St. 619-665-2852

One of the favorite hangouts for the oyster set. We recommend you have yours with a proper glass of champagne. This is a wonderful, small establishment with a boatshaped bar and European flair. It’s just plain awesome. Open noon – closed dependent upon oyster supply.

CampoBello Bistro 610 W. 36th Ave. 563-2040 campobellobistro.com

Made from scratch every day, the fresh, fine food at Campo Bello is hard to beat; Mediterranean, Italian and wild Alaskan are recurring themes. Loads of great wines and desserts make this a good choice for an intimate date, especially if calamari is involved. Located in Midtown, they are a handy walk or short drive to just about anything. Open for lunch Tue. – Fri. 11 a.m – 2 p.m.; dinner Tue. – Sat. 5 – 9 p.m.

Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar 343 W. 6th Ave. 865-9198 crushak.com

Wine pairings, excellent food, tapas, cheese and charcuterie are the main deal here. Indulge in Nicoise salads, empanadas and gorgeous truffled white bean pate. Lunch, tapas and dinner served every day but Sunday. And the wines. Oh, the wines. Mon. – Thur.. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Muse

Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. 9299210 muse.anchoragemuseum.org

This is a sophisticated restaurant in the gorgeous Anchorage Museum. They have a great selection of beer and wine to go with an inviting menu. From soups to salads to appetizers


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Rustic Goat

2800 Turnagain St. 344-8100 rusticgoatak.com

This restaurant bills itself as having “The exceptional taste of modern comfort” and “an unforgettable vibe.” It was voted best new restaurant a couple of years ago and is in the industrial-themed building in Turnagain. It’s got a cool décor and great wait staff. The food is good— albeit a bit pricey—and they have very nice wines and beers on the menu. Open Mon. 6 a.m. – 10 a.m., 5 p.m. for dinner; Tue. – Thur. 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri. 6 a.m. – midnight; Sat. 7 a.m. – midnight; Sun. 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Southside Bistro

1320 Huffman Park Dr. 348-0088 southsidebistro.com

Southside Bistro is definitely upscale with a European vibe. It’s warm and cozy and you really just want to settle in and stay awhile. The food is outstanding thanks to business partner and Chef de Cuisine, Travis Haugen and Jens Nannestad. The wine list is extensive and be sure to save room for one of their divine desserts. Open Tue. – Thur. 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Suite 100

100 E. Dimond Blvd. 341-1000 suite100.com

Daily specials are amazing at Suite 100 offering up delicacies like fresh Penn Cove mussels, fresh troll-caught Alaskan king salmon and delicious libations a strawberry shortcake or pear-tini. Open daily at 4 p.m.

Table 6

3210 Denali St. 562-6000 table6.net

Fresh and fun, this restaurant draws inspiration from Dr. Seuss. It’s a happy space with healthy, fresh food and some of the best bloody Marys. They are convenient wherever you happen to be, and a great choice pre- or postmovie, as Century is right around the corner. Seafood, salads, excellent appetizers and soups. Lunch is great, dinner’s even better and they have brunch to boot. Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tri Grill

1041 E. 76th Ave. plus 3 downtown locations 677-8797 trigrill.com

The “tri” part of their name stems from the eclectic offerings of Italian, Chinese and Southern cuisines. Not your typical menu, right? Tasty variety meets multicultural satisfaction. We love their Southern fried catfish. Dinein or carry out.Open Mon. – Tues. 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 4 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Casual and Family Dining Alaska Bagel Restaurant

113 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 276-3900 alaskabagel.com

Alaska Bagel has every kind of bagel you’d ever want to eat, egg dishes, soups, salads and really just about anything a person might want for breakfast or lunch. Favorites are the ½ lox sandwich with soup or salad and the smoked turkey bagel sandwich with avocado and swiss. Located in Midtown, you can also pick up a delicious coffee, espresso or other beverage. They offer full table service, take out or pay $3 delivery fee for orders of $20 or more. Open Mon. – Fri. 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ordering system. It’s easy peasy. They also have a full bar for libations. Open daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Fiori D’Italia

City Diner

In the heart of Spenard, Fiori D’Italia is known for both their Italian and Greek fare, Little Italy is a family-run and family-friendly restaurant. Their huge sunken bar and décor bring you back to the ‘60s and ‘70s and the atmosphere is dark and wonderful. The service is prompt and friendly and the manicotti is to die for. While the prices may be a little on the higher end, the portions are huge— making it a very good value. Open daily from 4 – 11:30 p.m.

3000 Minnesota Dr. 277 2489 citydineranchorage.com

The famed trio of partners, Chef Al Levinsohn, Chef Jens Nannestad and George Trefry opened this iconic restaurant many years ago. Offering up classic American fare like club sandwiches, burgers, fries and excellent milkshakes, this is a terrific throwback to the ‘50s. Be sure to try their desserts. You can eat at this chromed-out establishment or get take out. Open daily 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Downtown Grill 802-B Gambell 375-5500 downtowngrill.com

A surprisingly gorgeous interior awaits you at the Downtown Grill, which prides itself on their Alaskan flair and excellent fare. A wide variety of goodies await you from tapas to appetizers, soups, salads and sandwiches. Signature items such as the grilled chicken club are well worth the visit. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

2502 McRae Rd. 243-9990 fioriak.com

Gumbo House

611 W. 9th Ave. 9191 Old Seward Hwy. 22202930 gumbo-house.squarespace.com

They have traditional Cajun offerings, as you would imagine. Gumbo, jambalaya, several kinds of po’ boys and ribs. Delicious and authentic, the Gumbo House has yummy desserts, as well as beer and wine offerings. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Bar-B-Q Pit

1160 W. Dimond Blvd. 349-2450 barbqpit.webs.com

This is just what you’re looking for on a nice summer evening: slow-cooked baby back ribs, hand-breaded catfish, all the sides and a tall glass of sweet tea. You can dine in or take it home to enjoy on your deck. They have a great menu from appetizers to sandwiches, lunch specials, combination plates and generous entrees. Summer hours are Mon. – Wed. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Thur. and Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. noon – 10 p.m.; Sun. noon – 8 p.m.

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Chili’s Grill & Bar

800 E. Dimond Blvd. 646-7700 chilisalaska.com

Chili’s is the place to go when you feel like fresh chain-restaurant food served up in a cheerful environment. They offer lunch specials from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and their prompt service will make sure you get back to work on time. Soups, salads, desserts, entrees, quesadillas; they have a great menu with lots to choose from. Check out their online

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and succulent entrees, museum food is top-notch. Their chowder is some of the best in town and their shrimp dishes are outstanding. Open daily for lunch 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; happy hour 4 – 6 p.m.; dinner Thur. – Sat. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant

Good grub for breakfast, lunch or dinner can be found at Kay’s. It’s not fancy but it’s got a very large menu and there’s truly something for everyone. Home style cooking includes omelettes and cheese grits for breakfast and a wide array of sandwiches, burgers, entrees and desserts. Open Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

4333 Spenard Rd. 243-2090 gwenniesrestaurant.com

Old-fashioned, iconic Gwennie’s is the place to go for breakfast, sandwiches or a good steak or seafood dinner. It’s been around forever and there’s a good reason for it. It’s good food, good service and great atmosphere. Locals and tourists can enjoy their full bar service, as well as neverending Alaska kitsch. Open Mon. – Sat. 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Leroy’s Family Restaurant 2420 C St. 279-6162

An old school diner, Leroy’s is a great place for a friendly atmosphere for those in need of good comfort food. It’s never too late or too early to hit up this Anchorage favorite, and this is the spot to hit after a bar. Open 24 hours.

IHOH International House of Hotdogs

407 E. Northern Lights Blvd. 2273081

More than just hot dogs, this little takeout place is also known for their tamales, smoked salmon quesadillas and cilantro fries. They have a combination hot dog to suit anyone’s palate, but you can’t go wrong with the Mexican. Some of the friendliest service in town. Open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lucky Wishbone

1033 E. 5th Ave. 272-3454 luckywishbone.com

Feeling like fried food? This is your go-to joint. Sides of coleslaw, onion rings and potato salad are just right for your picnic or dinner on the deck. For more than 50 years the Lucky Wishbone has been a staple for all of us in Anchorage. They also have excellent, decadent burgers for

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cheap. Open 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Middle Way Café

1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 2726433 middlewaycafe.com

Since 1944 Middle Way Café has been a leader in unconventional food and service. From their beautiful food to their smoothies and coffee bar, the quality at Middle Way is unparalleled. It’s cozy and the atmosphere is eclectic and filled with good energy. Their avocado melt is legendary. Open Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Peggy’s Restaurant

perfection with an Alaskan twist, of course. They pride themselves in “northern exposure to southern smoke.” They offer beer and wine with their delicious food; appetizers, sides, salads, authentic bbq entrees and a kids’ menu. The beautiful drive to their Indian location is well worth the extra little time it takes—you might even see some belugas or Dall sheep on the way. It’s open May through September. The Anchorage location is open year ‘round. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sun. noon – 7 p.m.

The Red Chair Café 337 E. 4th Ave. 270-7780 theredchaircafe.com

1675 E. 5th Ave. 258-7599

A classic Alaskan diner, Peggy’s serves breakfast all day and offers up specials for breakfast lunch and dinner. They are known for their pies and bright pink exterior. Open since 1944, it’s certainly a long-time staple for many Alaskans. Open Thur. – Sat. 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sun. – Wed. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sit. Sip. Eat. The Red Chair Café is located at the McKinley Tower and they offer savory omelettes and other amazing breakfast/brunch fare. Try the oysters Benedict. Open Tue. – Sun. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Snow City Café

Aladdin’s Fine Mediterranean

1034 W. 4th Ave. 272-2489 snowcitycafe.com

Since 1998, this corner restaurant has been super popular with both tourists and residents of Anchorage. Snow City is solidly one of the best places for breakfast all day. Fresh ingredients, healthy choices, and vegetarian and gluten-sensitive people will delight at the many options on their menu. Rotating art, great service and a varied menu make this a must. Open Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Espresso counter open until 4 p.m.); weekends 7 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spenard Roadhouse

Mediterranean 4240 Old Seward Hwy. 561-2373 aladdinsalaska.com

Delicious Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food are the delicacies featured at this small restaurant. Tucked into an unassuming strip mall, this establishment offers a cozy dining experience, excellent food and a catering menu if you’re hosting an event. Be sure to try their amazing coffees and teas. Open Thur. – Sat. 5 – 9 p.m.

Antonio’s Greek Bakery and Café 3020 Minnesota Blvd. 646-1090

1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 7707623 spenardroadhouse.com

Tater tots, anyone? Bacon of the month? The Spenard Roadhouse offers modern comfort food, amazing appetizers and small bites, salads, three new special cocktails each month prepared by Anchorage’s favorite bartenders, an array of draft beers, wines and small batch bourbons. They’re now featuring Throwback Thursdays—bringing back favorite menu items from days past. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 9 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Absolutely delicious Greek food and desserts made by Antonio. He’s a famous singer in other parts of the world—ask him about it. The spanakopita, gyros and Greek lemon/ chicken/egg soup are outstanding here as are the beautiful cookies and baklava. There’s limited seating, but you can take out from this great little gem. He also does a bang up job if you want him to make platters for your next party. Delivery available. Open Tue. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun. noon – 6 p.m.

Little Italy Restaurant

Turnagain Arm Pit BBQ

2300 E. 88th Ave. 344-1515 littleitalyalaska.com

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A crowd favorite for over 30 years, Little Italy is a lovely step into another time and place. They offer both Italian and Greek cuisine in a

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Pizza Olympia

2809 Spenard Rd. 561-5264 pizzaolympia.us

This well-known Greek and Italian restaurant has been a staple for Anchorage residents since 1984. Authentic flavors and fine European foods are what’s on the menu here. They also have beer and wine if you’re eating there, and they offer free delivery if you’re eating at home. Be sure to order their delicious Greek salad. Full catering service available. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Pizza Plaza

601 E. Northern Lights Blvd. 2741735 pizzaplazaak.com

Since 1971, Pizza Plaza offers free delivery throughout the Anchorage metropolitan area. With Greek and Italian delicious menu items like the delicious Mostruso salad which features romaine with grilled chicken, feta, olives, Genoa salami, pepperoncini, onions, bell pepper, tomatoes and hardboiled egg. Yum. They also have hot sandwiches, steaks, seafood , soups, pasta and more. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Villa Nova Restaurant 5121 Arctic Blvd. 561-1660 villanovaalaska.com

European vibes permeate this lovely restaurant. It’s cozy inside and in the summer months they have a patio for al fresco dining. It’s just a short drive from the airport and walkable for those living in the Turnagain/Spenard area. Exceptional Italian fine dining with something to satisfy everyone’s cravings. Extensive wine list. Open Tue. – Sat. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Pizza

88th Street Pizza

2300 E. 88th St. 344-0080 88thstreetpizza.com

Located in South Anchorage, this popular eatery has some creative options for your pizza orders—try the chicken pesto or gyro pizza. They also have Greek and Italian appetizers and dinner offerings like dolmathes, al forno meatballs and baked Greek spaghetti. Save room for the tiramisu.

Open Tue. – Sun. 4 – 11 p.m.

Capri Pizza

4505 Spenard Rd. 243-3333 capripizzahalal.com

Delicious pizza, salads, sandwiches, burgers and great meal deals are delivered with the freshest ingredients and very promptly. Kosher and Halal by request. Try their stromboli or one of their special pizzas. We recommend the spicy chicken and the grilled chicken mango pizza. Summer hours Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Sunday 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Coast Pizza

Mile 90 Seward Hwy., Girdwood 783-0122 coastpizza.com

Coast makes really good pizza. They also just remodeled their dining room, and it looks very sleek and fancy. You can dine there, get carry out, have it delivered and now even order online. Lots of options for pizza and subs, residents and travelers alike. Open Sun. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; delivery available after 3 p.m.

Fat Ptarmigan

441 W. 5th Ave. 777-7710 fatptarmigan.com

A fun downtown eatery, with butcher paper and crayons on the tables, Fat Ptarmigan has excellent pizzas, appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, desserts and a selection of beverages. The décor is stylish and

the delectable aromas of wood-fired pizza fill the air. Try the steak and stilton pizza or the delicious veggie pizza. Dine in, carry out or delivery available. Open Mon. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sat. noon – 10 p.m.; Sun. noon – 9 p.m.

Flattop Pizza and Pool 600 W. 6th Ave. 677-7665 www.flattopbar.com

As you might imagine, pizza and pool are the feature at this local hangout. Excellent pizza, full bar and sports. Need we say more? It’s got an industrial feel and minimalist approach which add to the cool ambiance. A favorite for the younger crowd. Open Sun. – Wed. 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.; Thur. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Flight Deck Pizza

832 W. International Airport Rd. 561-0077 flightdeckpizza.net

This local favorite is adorable and kitschy—a step back in time for those of us Alaskans who lived in New England. There are a few tables, but most patrons choose delivery or carry out. Build your own pizza, order a cheeseburger, salad, sub or try one of their delicious specialty pizzas like the Mexi Flight Pizza. You can even order online now. Another fine option is for you to place your order and while you wait for your delicious food, then venture next door for a drink with the locals at the Flight Deck Bar. Open 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

Hearth Artisan Pizza

1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Ste. F

Opened by the same folks from Middle Way Café, Hearth Artisan Pizza is causing quite a buzz in our fair city. High quality, fresh ingredients and a casual, hip atmosphere only make the Neapolitan-style pizza taste better. They have daily specials and a variety of other foods including crisp salads, delicious starters, desserts, 17 beers and ciders on tap, as well as a nice wine list. They have a happy hour from 4 – 5 p.m. and again 9 p.m. – closing every day with a $7 appetizer menu. Open Mon. – Thur. 4 – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 – 11 p.m.; Sun 4 – 9 p.m.

Moose’s Tooth Pub and Pizzeria 3300 Old Seward Hwy. 258-2537 moosestooth.net

The iconic Moose’s Tooth never seems to disappoint. Consistently awesome, they offer a true gourmet pizza experience. They focus on creative, high quality ingredients and offer great dining options that extend beyond pizza. The atmosphere is lively and the service is excellent. Their wonderful beers are on tap, wine is available and they always have specials. Try out their cheesecake of the month, too. And be prepared for a wait. This place is always packed to the gills. Open Mon. – Thur. 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Fri. 10:30 a.m – midnight; Sat. 11 a.m. – midnight; Sun. 11 a.m – 11 p.m.

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Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria

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6839 Jewel Lake Rd. 248-9404 11700 Old Seward Hwy. 349-3799 428 G St. 279-3799 3401 Tudor Rd. 337-4652 unclejoespizzeria.com

Handcrafted, stone-baked pizza is what’s for dinner here—among other delectable dishes. For more than 20 years, Uncle Joe’s is the place many Anchorage residents go when we want a family night out. They have traditional and gourmet pizzas and we really like the take ‘n’ bake option. Wings, salads and ribs make for some good game day options, too. Beer and wine available in the dining room. Be sure to check out their specials. Live music on Tuesdays at the Old Seward location. Dine in, take out or delivery available. Hours vary by location, so check out their website or give them a call.

Pubs and Brewpubs

Anchorage Distillery 6310 A St. 561-2100 anchoragedistillery.com

The subjects of a fun reality television show, they are the only distillery who has permission to harvest glacial water to make their incredible spirits. Their spirits can be found all around town and we are big fans of their vodkas and gins. Their berry flavored vodkas and other spirits are now featured in most fine bars and restaurants around Alaska. Locally made with local ingredients by expert distillers. Visit their Spirit Mine Tasting room to try out their national award winning vodkas. Open Tues. – Sat. 2 – 8 p.m and the weekly tour Thur. at 6 p.m.

Baked Alaska

3048 Mountain View Dr. 277-1111 bakedalaskaalehouse.net

Right across from the Bass Pro Shop, be sure to stop by for a great lunch or dinner. Awesome appetizers, innovative pizzas, sandwiches and breakfast items. They’ve got a huge selection of bottled beers and 28 of them currently on draft. Fairly new on the scene, the atmosphere is lively, the food is great and the ice cold beer can’t be beat. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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1230 W. 27th Ave. beartooththeatre.net

The Bear Tooth is 12,000 feet of good times. It has a 400-seat movie

theater, a café and The Bear Tooth Grill restaurant, great food, and beer and wine. The food ranges from all walks of the planet and you’ll find regular pub fare as well as Italian and Southwestern items. Be sure to try some of their own craft beers made by their special label, Broken Tooth Brewing. Their hours are: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. on Sundays; 11 a.m. – 11p.m. Mon. – Wed.; 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Thur. & Fri.; 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Check their website for show times and hours of operation for special concerts and events.

Chair 5

171 Lindblad Ave., Girdwood 7832500 chairfive.com

Chair 5 is a wonderful destination restaurant if you’re up for a beautiful drive to a mountainside resort town. They have awesome food (we love their pizza and their halibut sandwiches), fresh burgers, seafood, over 30 single malt scotches, more than 60 microbrews and a jillion tequilas. Great service, pool table and sweet jukebox included. Open daily 11 – 1 a.m.

Darwin’s Theory 426 G St. 277-5322

Darwin’s is an iconic bar in downtown Anchorage. You never know who you might see when you’re there, from theater stars visiting or performing, to world-renowned mushers whooping it up before the Iditarod. Not only is it fun, the prices are the best, the jukebox is always hopping and they always have free popcorn. It’s never a dull time at Darwin’s and that’s why it’s a favorite of locals and travelers alike. Open daily 10 – 2 a.m.

The Fancy Moose Lounge 4801 Spenard Road

The Fancy Moose Lounge has been a local favorite since 1972, and is one of the most distinctive bars in Alaska. Amazing views of Lake Hood add ambiance to the bright spacious lounge. It’s Alaskan casual, served up with fresh seafood, steaks, burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and more. The full service bar features signature cocktails, local draft beers and a nice wine list. Have a seat outside on the patio on Lake Hood and watch the float planes land and take off. Live music nightly during the summer months. Open 11 a.m. – midnight.

Firetap Alehouse

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Hand-crafted pizza and pretzel dough. Ice cold beer. Great eats. What else needs to be said? How about a happy hour from 3 – 6 p.m. and again 9 p.m. – closing time? They have entertainment (check their website), lots of great beer and wine, specials, pizzas, calzones and two handy locations on O’Malley and another in Tikahtnu on Muldoon. Family friendly with a kid’s menu. O’Malley location open daily 11 a.m to close. Muldoon location open Mon. 3:30 p.m to close; Tues. – Sun.11 a.m.

Fletcher’s

939 W. 5th Ave. 843-1950 captaincook.com/dining/ fletchers

Reminiscent of an old English pub, this dark-wooded, cozy restaurant is meant to evoke the spirit of the historic mutiny on the Bounty. It’s named after Fletcher Christian the man behind the mutiny. It’s seafaring feel is great for a break in your day for lunch, cocktails or a cozy dinner. They have a bar and comfy restaurant seating. Great signature cocktails, specials, beer and wine and amazing food. Their chowders and soup are some of the best you’ll find and their seafood is top notch and fresh. Open Mon. – Sun. 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.; food service until midnight.

Glacier Brewhouse

737 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 110 274-BREW (2739) glacierbrewhouse.com

This is a must-go restaurant/brewpub. It’s gorgeous visually and the food is nothing less than outstanding. The brews are icy cold and brewed to perfection. They are known not only for the beer, but the rotisserie-roasted meats, fresh seafood and the buildyour-own-bloody-Mary bar during brunch. Since 1996 we have all known and loved the folks at Glacier including the very talented Executive Chef Jolene Moellers and Sous Chefs Zack Sylvester and Mike Roseboro. Open for lunch Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m – 4 pm.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; weekend brunch Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; dinner Sun. and Mon. 4 – 9:30 p.m.; Tue – Thur. 4 – 10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 4 – 11 p.m.. Bar’s open one hour later than dining times.

Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House 610 W. 6th Ave. – humpys.com

Humpy’s is a great place for a hearty Alaskan meal, attentive service and refreshing drinks. It’s also a fun spot to

watch sports, meet friends and hear live music. The halibut sandwich is to die for with their homemade beer batter and tartar sauce. Finish your meal with live music from reggae to rock and beyond. Family friendly until 9 p.m. Open Sun. – Thur., 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.; Fri. 11 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 2:30 a.m.

King Street Brewing Company 7924 King Street 336-KING Kingstreet.com

A no-nonsense brewery, King Street knows beer and they know how to make it really well. Visit them for tastings, samplers, growler and keg fills. Their popular beers can be found all around town, but there’s nothing like getting it from the source. They have seasonal specials and many available in bottles and cans. We like the hefewiezen and pilsner but we’re wimpy. Try them all out, you’ll be blown away. Open Mon – Fri. 2 – 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. noon – 8 p.m.

McGinley’s Pub

super secret satellite TV stations that air any game you need to see. Several rooms, great food and bar service and a staff that must make the managers proud. We love their halibut bites, pizzas and salads. Sun. and Mon. 6 – 2:30 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 6 – 3 a.m.; breakfast served Mon. – Fri. 6 – 11 a.m.; Sat. and Sun. 6 a.m – noon.

645 G. St. 279-1782 mcginleyspub.com

Reilly’s Irish Pub

This is exactly as you wish a good Irish bar could be. The patrons and servers are friendly, Guinness is on tap, whisky is a-plenty and fish and chips are definitely on the menu and are excellent. They are a great venue for cover bands. Loud and raucous times are to be had. Open Sun. – Wed. 11 a.m. - midnight; Thur. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.

Reilly’s is awesome; a step back in time. It’s all about camaraderie, good drinks and not being fancy. They host live Irish music every week. The staff are great, the drinks are inexpensive and there are no strangers found there. Open Sun. – Thur., 10 – 2:30 a.m.; Fri. and Sat. 10 – 3 a.m.

Mo’s O’Brady’s Irish Restaurant and Pub 1501 Huffman Rd. 338-1080 mosobrady’s.com

Since 1986 Mo’s O’Brady’s is a destination night out. Wile away the hours with great traditional bar fare, darts, dining and drink specials. They are known for their burgers and brew, for sure, but this is a place to go for a fun date night, birthday or special occasion They also have proper entrees (try the chicken fried steak), seafood, prime rib, meatloaf and shepherd’s pie. Full bar service. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – midnight; Sun. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Peanut Farm Bar and Grill

5227 Old Seward Hwy. 563-3283 wemustbenuts.com

The Peanut Farm is where you go to watch the game. Any game. They’ve got loads of televisions and

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Slippery Salmon

115 E. 3rd Ave. 334-8410 slipperysalmonanchorage.com

The Slippery Salmon is a great little place. Breakfast, brunch, dinner, “Appy Hour” menu, and specials all the time. If you have a group, be sure to call ahead for reservations and know that they’ll add an 18 percent tip to your bill. They have an extensive list of beers and wines to pair with your meals and serve up a mean cocktail. Their food is prompt and delicious, great atmosphere and it’s handy to everything downtown. Limited free parking. Open daily for breakfast 5 – 11 a.m. (Sat. and Sun. until 4 p.m.); Fri. – Sun. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.; dinner and cocktails daily 4 p.m. – midnight.

49th State Brewing Company

717 W. 3rd Ave. – 49statebrewing. com

Snow Goose out, 49th State Brewing in. They are still under renovations but are getting ready to roll out

the red carpet to Anchorage. They are currently offering private tours, concerts and community events in the old Snow Goose Theater. If it’s anything like their Denali location, Anchorage is in for a good time. Anchorage welcomes you, 49th State Brewpub. Hours vary by event.

Cafés and Delis Barbie’s Café

6728 Lake Otis Pkwy. 344-4100 barbiescafe.com

Located in Southeast Anchorage, Barbie’s Café is a great stop for breakfast or lunch. They have a grand array of offerings from omelettes to steaks, sandwiches and more. We like their Mt. McKinley breakfast burrito and the patty melt. They are a familyfriendly restaurant, so bring ‘em all. Open Mon. – Fri. 5 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Brown Bag Sandwich Co. 535 W. 3rd Ave. 277-0202 akbrownbag.com

There is way more going on here than just sandwiches. Now in a shiny new location on 3rd Ave., Brown Bag Sandwich Company is dishing out live music, a full bar and the great food we all love. They use top quality, fresh ingredients and make your food fast. Build your own favorite sandwich or choose from their great specialties. Dine there or get it to go. Open 10 – 2 a.m. daily.

Caffé 817 (Muffin Man) 817 W. 6th Ave. 279-6836 cafe817.com

All of the food here is made to order using fresh local ingredients whenever possible. Originally named after their famous oversized muffins,

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6 p.m.; Sun. noon – 5 p.m.

Ghost Light Café

413 D St. 787-9955 cyranos.org/about/the-café

Open Mon. – Wed. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Thur. and Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

A little-known gem in our fair city, the Ghost Light Café is nestled in between Cyrano’s and The Bubbly Mermaid. They have great food for breakfast and lunches or pre-theater bites, beer and wine. We love their waffles, smoothies, soups, quiche and sandwiches. Owned by Lynn Murphy, a well-known costume designer and all-around nice person. Beverages hot and cold are also served up with a smile. Open. Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Doriola’s

510 W. Tudor Rd. 375-0494 doriolas.com

Doriola’s has daily specials, weekday breakfast and lunch menus. They also create special dinner menus for the weekend. We like their espresso bar and baked goods to start the day. They are also known for their delicious soups, so be sure to ask what they’ve got cooking. Open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 5 – 8 p.m.; closed Sun.

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Order ahead and they’ll deliver for a two-salad minimum order. They have a nice array of delicious, healthy salad options. The Desperado is a favorite along with their Apple Walnut salad which has mixed greens, feta, candied walnuts, craisins, sliced apple and chicken breast served with honey mustard dressing. Open weekdays 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.; closed on the weekend.

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Not only can they make a beautiful platter for your next event, they also have a very nice lunch menu. Check them out in their new location on Arctic Blvd. in the Blue Holloman art gallery. Order up the mac and cheese and take a stroll through the gallery while you wait. Open Tue. – Sat. 11 –

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little place and we love their quiches and bagels. Open Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This is a perennial favorite for breakfast and lunch downtown. For 40 years, they’ve been making great food fast from salads, salmon or halibut burgers for lunch to pancakes, coffee and omelettes. Right next to the Captain Cook hotel. Call ahead if you’d like quick and easy take out. Summer hours are Mon. – Fri. 6 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat. and Sun. 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sizzlin’ Café

400 K St. 276-1401 sandwichdeck.com

346 E. 5th Ave. 929-5400 sizzlincafe.com

Downtown, right across from the Sheraton you’ll find the Sizzlin’ Café. Service can be slow, so be sure to have some time on your hands; but try the panini or a salad if you’re looking for a good lunch—pancakes for breakfast won’t disappoint. They also have beer and wine to go along with your sandwich or dinner entrée. Open daily 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Scottie’s Sub Shop 331 W. 5th Ave. 276-2784

More than subs, they have Asian specialties such as sweet and sour chicken with rice and salad on the side, kimchi, and even Korean dumpling soup. Burgers, friendly and prompt service with huge portions— split a sub and everyone’s happy. Open Mon. – Sat. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Urban Greens 304 G. St. 276-0333 urbangreensak.com

Dine in or get take out at this wellknown eatery. They have innovative salads, subs, combo plates and homemade cookies for dessert. They have catering and delivery options, too. Their hummus is fantastic as is the roast beef. Open Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Side Street Espresso 412 G St. 258-9055

This wonderful little café is filled with artwork, funny t-shirts and knick-knacky things. Great food, very friendly owners—George and Deb—and delicious coffee, lattes and espresso. Side Street is a cozy

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Café del Mundo

341 E. Benson Blvd. 274-0026 cafedelmundo.com

Roasting and serving up Black Cup coffee, Café del Mundo—located in Midtown—is a cozy, handy place to meet up with friends or have some quality alone time. Use their Wi-Fi, grab a cup of java and get some work done in this friendly, clean environment. Try the mocha or steam punk coffee. Open Mon. – Fri. 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sat. 7 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.

House of Bread

8130 Old Seward Hwy. 222-1352 houseofbreadanchorage.com

Way more than just bread, House of Bread has delicious sandwiches, coffees, specialty baked items, salads and sandwiches featuring Boar’s Head meats. Comfortable seating and well-lit, friendly atmosphere. Open Mon. – Sat. 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sun. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kaladi Brothers Coffee

Performing Arts Center, 621 W. 6th Ave. 277-1881 Title Wave, 1340 W. Northern Lights Blvd. 277-5127 New Sagaya, 3700 Old Seward Hwy. 563-0853 City Market, 900 W. 13th Ave. 2746173 6921 Brayton Dr. 344-6510 3700 Centerpoint Dr., JL Tower 644-7477 6861 Jewel Lake Rd. 644-7456 6921 Brayton Dr. 344-6510 12350 Huffman Rd. 644-7449 Southside, 9900 Old Seward Hwy. 644-7448 kaladi.com

L’Aroma Bakery and Deli 900 W. 13th Ave. 274-6173 9900 W. Old Seward Hwy. 336-5704 3700 Old Seward Hwy. 561-5173 laromabakery.com

Absolutely divine artisanal baked goods including breads, cakes, pastries, bagels and more. Grab some fresh-made sushi for lunch or dinner, or try their soups, sandwiches and hot meals as well. Call for hours in each location. Locations include those inside City Market and Midtown’s New Sagaya Market.

Alaska Cake Studio 608 W. 4th Ave. 272-3995

Stop in to this lovely studio for cookies, cupcakes, pastries and a coffee. Order up a beautiful cake for the next special occasion in this laidback coffeehouse. Quiche, soups and other snacks are available at this friendly downtown location. Open Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sat. 10

Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop 1343 G St. 569-0001 fireislandbread.com

A gorgeous little gem nestled in a quaint old Alaskan neighborhood, Fire Island is delicious and wonderful. You will not be disappointed when you chomp into a fresh-baked pain au chocolat or another of their delectable treats including tarts, breads, pastries, cookies, croissants and great coffee. They also offer baking classes in the fall and winter. Open Wed. – Sun., 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The Flying Dutchman 2101 Abbott Road 274-1072 ravenchocolates.com

A lovely European pastry shop, they are known for many delights including custom cakes, pastries, tortes, flans, cheesecake, meat rolls and more. They have gluten-free options, as well. Operated by the Koper family since 1983, be sure to try some of their chocolates. Open Mon. – Fri. 6 a.m – 6:30 p.m.; Sat. 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Midnight Sun Café 245 W. 5th Ave. 743-0572 midnightsuncafeak.com

This delightful spot offers up great locally-roasted coffee, baked goods, soups, panini and deli sandwiches as well as an array of vegetarian and gluten free options. A staple downtown known for great service and friendly atmosphere, be sure to pop in next time you’re hungry. Open Mon. – Fri. 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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Everyone knows and loves Kaladi Brothers Coffees. They are rich, flavorful and they now boast 13 locations in and around Anchorage, Wasilla and Soldotna. You can also find their rich brews at fine restaurants like the Rustic Goat, Middle Way Cafe and more. Best thing about them is that they give millions back to the community each year. We love their philanthropic spirit and congratulate them on 30 years in Anchorage.

These fine folks specialize in custom cakes, wedding cakes and plated desserts. Beautiful and delightful goodies come from this lovely establishment. Have a seat, grab one of their cupcakes and a cup of coffee with a friend. Or stop in after dinner for a lovely dessert with your sweetie. Open Tue. – Thur. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sun. 1 – 9 p.m.

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The Bake Shop

Alyeska Boardwalk, Girdwood 7832831 Thebakeshop.com

A destination restaurant in Girdwood, head over to get some amazing food for lunch or breakfast. The ginormous cinnamon rolls are unbeatable, and

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www.kobukcoffee.com

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