Having booked reservations for Anchorage hotels for years, I often get asked where you should eat while here. Anchorage is blessed with many great restaurants, but in downtown I have a few favorites. If you are overnighting in downtown, it’s important to know where to get a great breakfast, and some hot coffee. Locals love Snow City Café located at 1034 W. 4th Avenue, open from 7:00am – 3:00pm. A reward winning local favorite, Snow City has a great atmosphere and fresh, original breakfasts such as their Ship Creek Benedict which include salmon cakes instead of the traditional Canadian bacon (which they have too). Breakfast is served all day, but they have great sandwiches, pasta, and salads as well.
I don’t work downtown so when I find myself shopping or exploring it around lunch time, I tend to enjoy a quick bite to eat at one of several street vendors who grill up fresh reindeer sausage on a bun. I like mine with grilled onions which they’ll do up right in front of you while you order. Reindeer sausage is a local favorite and you can also purchase it in many shops, such as the Alaska Saugage Company, to take home with you.
If your meetings find you near or in Anchorage’s new Dena’ina (pronounced “dee-nye- na”) Civic and Convention Center try out McGinley’s Pub located across the street at 645 G. Street. At McGinley’s you’ll find traditional Irish food as well as standard pub fair such as hamburgers and sandwiches. After lunch if you need a pick-me-up espresso, stop nearby at Dark Horse Coffee. A small comfortable café and a casual place to relax and read the newspaper, or plan your next Anchorage adventure.
Evening is my favorite time to dine downtown. You can find anything from fresh seafood, to incredible steaks, to Italian cuisine. Even better, Alaska is a pretty casual place so you don’t have to worry about being underdressed when you go out for a nice meal.
If you’re looking for a restaurant with a great view, great service, and a great menu, I would recommend Simon and Seaforts. Simons is located at 420 L. Street on the west end of downtown. This restaurant’s dining room looks out towards the Cook Inlet which lends itself to a picture perfect atmosphere and their fresh seafood specials bring some of Alaska’s finest fare to your table. Simons also offers half price appetizers every evening from 4pm to 6pm and again from 9pm to close which is a great deal!
Another local favorite is the Glacier Brewhouse located at 737 W. 5th Avenue. This restaurant and brewery provides a warm and lively Alaskan atmosphere and there are always heavenly smells wafting from the kitchen. Whether you try one of their fresh seafood dishes, rotisserie grilled meats, or a pint of one of their hand-crafted ales they’ll be sure to please. If you’re a person who likes to have a little spice in your life, try the seafood linguini and tantalize your taste buds.
If you’re feeling like some awesome Italian just walk next door and dine at the Brewhouse’s sister restaurant, Orso. From the warm red walls, to the striking black and white pictures of sites in Italy, Orso combines your favorite Italian bistro with the best of what Alaska has to offer. Fresh seafood dishes prepared with an Italian flare are divine and sure to be talked about long after you leave Alaska. They have the best calamari in town, and no meal would be complete without finishing if off with a slice of their decadent Tiramisu.
Anchorage locals love to dine out so we’re fortunate to have many great restaurants throughout the city. Whether you dine at one of the ones I’ve mentioned or others that locals recommend, I’m sure you’ll have a great experience and enjoy your meal. If you’ve had a great meal and want to let others know about it as well, post a comment on the blog and we’ll be sure to let everyone know.