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Restaurant suggestions for southcentral alaska

Old Jun 15, 13, 5:35 pm
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Restaurant suggestions for southcentral alaska

Hello All,

Me and my wife will be visiting Alaksa for approximately a week in July. (Thanks again for helping me with the itinerary)
I'll be spending 2-3 days in anchorage area, 2 days in seward & 3 days in denali.

Does anyone have recommendations about where to eat? (I eat pretty much everything, however my wife is a vegetarian. )
About cost preference, I am willing to spend upto 20$ per meal.

Thanks.
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Old Jun 16, 13, 9:29 am
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For the best breakfast in Anchorage go to Snow City Cafe.

P.S. $20 per meal won't get you much in AK.
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Old Jun 16, 13, 12:19 pm
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For the best breakfast in Anchorage go to Snow City Cafe.

P.S. $20 per meal won't get you much in AK.
Thanks for the suggestion.

Wow, $20 per meal per person is not enough? I am going through yelp, let me see if I can find any decent place. I am not exactly looking for best restaurants. I would prefer spending more money on some activity in AK instead of spending 30-40$ per meal per person every day.
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Old Jun 16, 13, 1:12 pm
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Food and everything else is quite expensive in Alaska. The fresh fish is to die for. I find Gayot much more reliable than Yelp.
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Old Jun 17, 13, 6:17 pm
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Snow City is a good choice.

If you like pizza - Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria. You might have a bit of a wait, but they have all kinds of choices.

Vegetarian - Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant
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Old Jun 17, 13, 11:04 pm
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Originally Posted by CPRich View Post
Snow City is a good choice.

If you like pizza - Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria. You might have a bit of a wait, but they have all kinds of choices.

Vegetarian - Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant

No trip to Anchorage is complete without a visit to Moose's Tooth (or Bear Tooth).

Expect great food, awesome local brews, and long lines (but it's worth the wait).

http://moosestooth.net/menu/
http://beartoothgrill.freshalepubs.com/
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Old Jun 19, 13, 8:03 am
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Pretty decent and relatively inexpensive for downtown:

http://www.unclejoespizzeria.com/
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Old Jul 11, 13, 8:21 am
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Originally Posted by nsquare View Post
Thanks for the suggestion.

Wow, $20 per meal per person is not enough? I am going through yelp, let me see if I can find any decent place. I am not exactly looking for best restaurants. I would prefer spending more money on some activity in AK instead of spending 30-40$ per meal per person every day.
In Anchorage and Fairbanks, there is plenty (even avoiding chain fast food) to eat for under/around $10 per meal--the filling daily special at Taco King, for example, is $8.95 or so (including soda), and most places will have burgers or other similar-sized entrees for ~$8-9 (maybe up to $12 if you get a fancified burger/sandwich with brie and caramelized onions and sauteed mushrooms, etc.); add a couple bucks if you want a soda. Outside of the bigger cities, it's not quite as easy, but most roadhouses will have burgers and sandwiches for probably $15 total (with a soda and tip). If you're going between Denali and Fairbanks, stop at the Monderosa Bar just north of Nenana--probably the best burger in the state.

Anchorage (and even Fairbanks) has some world-class cuisine, though, and if you have a few extra dollars, it's definitely worth splurging on a meal or two. Check out Simon and Seafort's, Orso, Glacier BrewHouse, Kincaid Grill, Jens (not sure if the restaurant is still open after he passed away last year), Southside Bistro, Moose's Tooth, and Bear Tooth. Even a good meal at most of those won't set you back more than $30 (maybe $50 with drinks and tip at Simon's or Orso). Alaska is a bit expensive but not insanely so. (I lived there for 17 years until early last year.)

Following is a list of all of the restaurants I'd say are worth noting in ANC. Some are pricier than others, and some are destination restaurants worth going out of your way (and budget) for, and others are just good deals with good food I used to eat at a lot when I lived there, but if you happen to drive by one of these restaurants and feel like stopping, you know you won't be getting a bad meal.

Simon and Seafort's
Orso
Glacier Brewhouse
Sacks
Club Paris
Moose's Tooth
Bear Tooth
Jens' (if still open)
Southside Bistro
Suite 100
Arctic Roadrunner (usually wins the best burger award in the ANC press)
Tommy's Burger Stop (superior burgers to Arctic Roadrunner, IMHO)
Taco King/Burrito King (good and relatively cheap. I probably ate here three times a week.)
Burrito Factory (inside a gas station but incredible to-go burritos)
Cafe Amsterdam (continental European)
Cafe Croissant (affordable French)
Momma O's (for halibut fish and chips)
Double Musky (45m south of town in Girdwood)
Midnight Sun Brewing tasting room (the food is every bit as good as the beers)
Capri Pizza (run by a Pakistani couple, so get something with South Asian spices or the chicken "fajita" sandwich--yum!)
Spenard Roadhouse (mmm...bacon jam burger and a HUGE bourbon selection!)
Johnny Chicago's (a spot-on copy of Portillo's Italian beef sandwich [mmmm] in Chicago at a slightly higher price)
Lucky Wishbone (straight outta the '50s with very good pan-fried chicken and good burgers)

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...Jens (not sure if the restaurant is still open after he passed away last year)...
It's still open. I was there a couple of months ago in early May. Very old fashioned food with a lot of heavy/rich sauces that in some cases overpowered the wonderful fish. Main courses were in the $30's. The three of us each had an entrée plus we shared two appetizers and one desert. That with one glass of wine - total, not per person - plus tax and tip totaled $155.
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plus tax
Tax?
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plus tax
Tax?
Let me rephrase it. Including tax, if any, and tip totaled...
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Let me rephrase it. Including tax, if any, and tip totaled...
After moving down south, I still have a hard time getting it through my head that the price shown on the menu isn't the price I'll pay. Darn greedy tax collectors down here...
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