Being “anchored” in Anchorage (see what I did there), we ate at a lot of restaurants in Anchorage. So, I think the best thing to do is just put them all together and let’s get started. It might take a while.
1049 W Northern Lights Blvd
Anchorage, AK 99503
We got into Alaska “late.” Late is relative because Anchorage is 5 hours behind Missouri. But being late on a Saturday night, a lot of places were closed. That was quite odd, but it has to be because of coronavirus. That’s the best reason I could come up with. We were staying in Midtown Anchorage. I wouldn’t recommend that. Another story for another day.
But we found Spenard Roadhouse. I’m glad we did too! In all restaurants in Anchorage, you were required to sign in and wear a mask to your table and keep it on until you had a drink. The servers were great though because they immediately brought water to the tables for all guests.
I oddly went for pizza, with all the great things on the menu, I went for pizza. Why? Because it was supposed to have reindeer sausage on it. Since I’m not huge on fish, that was my way of trying to eat “local.” Things you can’t get at home.
I went with Da Works Pizza. Pepperoni, bacon, reindeer sausage, mozzarella, provolone, red onion, pepperoncini, kalamata olive, and marinara. Tbug and I both tried it and both are pretty sure there wasn’t any reindeer sausage on that pizza. Now, the pizza was really good, but I never did find anything that came across as reindeer sausage.
Hubby got Halibut and Chips. Alaska Halibut beer-battered and chunked, served with french fries, tartar sauce, and lemon. Can I say that I wish this is what I would have ordered? Oh… my… gosh… yum!
And it was 9 pm and still light out. How great is that? I mean, you always hear about that in Alaska… it’s true!
1034 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
My mom found this restaurant for us to try. We decided to get up Sunday morning and eat here before we headed into the mountains for a gorgeous view/drive.
Originally the little thought she’d get hot chocolate, but then went for Steamer. Her favorite part was the whipped cream.
I decided to go for an Italian Cream Soda. This was strawberry and it was delicious. The little tried to steal mine. haha.
This is the Crabby Omelet. I kind of found what the oldest and hubby ordered for them… they each picked one of the 2 choices I saw for them and then they shared. I think the older daughter got this one. It was snow crab, green onion, swiss, avocado
This was the Kodiak Benedict. Poached eggs, Alaska red king crab cakes, toasted English muffin, housemade hollandaise, and green onion. Hubby’s favorite thing to do is ask the server what’s the best thing on the menu. This was one of her choices (which was one I picked out for them) so that’s what he got. Neither one was disappointed in what they ordered or what the other ordered. As I said, they shared.
I went for the Tundra Scramble. Reindeer sausage, green peppers, mushroom, red onion, and cheddar. I know this had reindeer sausage in it. It was pretty good too.
530 E Benson Blvd #7
Anchorage, AK 99503
We ate at Wild Scoops twice actually. The first time was Sunday night after we got back from our mountain drive. We ate lunch fairly late and decided we’d just do ice cream for dinner. My little LOVES ice cream, so she was definitely excited to be eating ice cream for dinner.
My mom had found an ice cream shop we NEEDED to try in some of her research… and it was Wild Scoops. The funny thing about this ice cream shop was they have 2 locations and one was right across the street from our hotel in a strip center (strip mall, building with multiple buildings… just making sure we’re all on the same page here!!)
The little went with regular vanilla ice cream in a sugar cone… with sprinkles of course! You can’t have ice cream without sprinkles in her opinion!
I went with a single scoop of Black cup coffee. Gosh, I love coffee ice cream! And boy was this yummy! And it was made from locally roasted beans. Yum!
Tuesday after the zoo we decided to grab some ice cream too for lunch. We had a late breakfast so it was perfect. I went with a double scoop of Black Cup Coffe and Chocolate. Yum! Fantastic combo! And their waffle cones.
4333 Spenard Rd
Anchorage, AK 99517
I’m so glad we found this restaurant. It was just an ad in one of the Alaska books we picked up. It was a Tuesday so it was a rather slow day, although our waitress told us that it had been extremely slow because of COVID (again… like everything this year). She asked if we were locals and when we said no, she asked if we’d ever been here before. My parents spoke up and said yes, but the rest of us said no. She asked if we’d been to Talkeetna and that’s how we wound up going to/finding Talkeetna to add to our trip. I’m so glad we did too! Especially because of the quilts!!
We actually ate here twice, once for breakfast on Tuesday, and an early lunch on Saturday before we headed out Saturday evening.
Anchorage was all about the masks, but once you got outside of Anchorage it was kind of hit and miss honestly.
I personally love it when restaurants give me facts. I love facts.
The waitress said the best thing on the menu was the eggs benedict. I’d never had eggs benedict until this trip, but that’s what I ordered with a side of homestyle potatoes.
This was an omelet with a side of homestyle potatoes
French toast with scrambled eggs and a side of bacon.
steak cooked rare with scrambled eggs and grits.
And finally a Belgian waffle with strawberries and whipped cream (of course!)
Now I mentioned that we ate here twice. On Saturday before we left we attempted multiple restaurants before we came here again. At that point, Anchorage was closing down dine in restaurants on Monday and so I guess everyone was going out to get their fill of dining out before the month-long close and all restaurants were busy (even this one. Much different from our Tuesday visit).
By the time we got here, it was lunchtime so we ate an early lunch. This was my bacon cheeseburger with onion rings.
This was the seafood special. Hubby wasn’t as impressed. I think they did a much better job of breakfast… but shhh…
3300 Old Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99503
My mom loves pizza. She found this pizza place we needed to try in Anchorage. In fact, doing a little research, it made the best pizza in each state for Alaska article I found. We planned on eating here Saturday night when we got into Alaska, but they had to shut down for a few days. They were finally back up and running and we got to try the pizza place. Funny thing was, it was just right around the corner from our hotel. I guess that was one bonus for staying in mid-city.
My mom refuses to be in pictures… so she took the picture.
Smoked Alaskan Sockeye Salmon Spread. Traditional European baguette served with smoked salmon spread, red onions, and lemon wedges.
A salad with ranch dressing. Such a great photo, right. haha.
Mozzarella Bread Sticks. Baked fresh with mozzarella, provolone, and shake cheese; served with marinara. YUM! Really yum!
All-American. Pepperoni, ground beef, green peppers, crimini mushrooms, black olives, red onions, mozzarella, provolone, and marinara.
Chicken Parmesan. Breaded chicken, marinara, parmesan, fresh basil, mozzarella, provolone, and garlic oil.
Let’s say holy yum. This was the one I wanted to order :).
Call of the Wild. Reindeer sausage, steak, bacon, portabella and crimini mushrooms, red peppers, green onions, garlic cream sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and garlic oil.
Sadly I only tried the Chicken Parmesan pizza but yum!
Sami’s City Diner
3000 Minnesota Dr
Anchorage, AK 99503
Wednesday morning we headed off to breakfast at Sami’s City Diner. Hubby found this diner for us to try.
Steak and Eggs. New York strip (cooked rare of course), eggs, toast & hash browns.
Biscuits & Gravy. Flaky biscuits topped with gravy served with 2 eggs (scrambled). Mmmm I love biscuits and gravy.
The “Un” Traditional. Eggs, reindeer (or cajun style andouille), toast & hash browns.
Pancakes with Bananas.
610 W 6th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501
On our drive back from Talkeetna, the gang started looking for dinner. Now, we ate lunch fairly late and I wasn’t hungry by the time we got back to Anchorage, but it’s not all about me. We decided to go eat at Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse. This was the most entertaining dinner…
I really hadn’t seen hubby eat raw oysters before or since we went to Pensacola Beach back in 2015. I think he did on a work trip to Boston, but I obviously wasn’t there to see. He decided to get these. He said they were HUGE. I wouldn’t know… The only person besides himself he could convince to try them was Tbug. That’s when the entertainment started.
She had to convince herself a lot to try it. She laughed and wound up spitting it out twice. The waitress agreed these were bigger than normal and supposedly they tasted funny. Again, I wouldn’t know, just what hubby said.
This was salmon over asparagus with mashed potatoes with a blueberry glaze.
I wasn’t hungry so I went with a Salad that I added grilled chicken to. Boring and it was just okay, but again, I wasn’t hungry.
The little wanted to be included in the food picture…This is a kid’s cheeseburger with french fries and ketchup of course.
3230 Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK 99503
Hubby wanted someplace special for my
73... 37th birthday. We couldn’t have picked a better place. The service/server was amazing. We were seated near the bar area.
My MIL went with the Double Cut Porkchop. Brined and grilled, creamy mushroom demi-glace, mushroom potatoes, housemade herbed biscuit, sautéed shaved Brussel sprouts, onions, and bacon. I hear it was amazing.
The little went with grilled cheese and french fries.
My weakness is carbs and pasta… Yes, I know pasta is carbs but still… I went with Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli. Fresh local Alaska pasta, ancho chili and sage cream sauce, sautéed peppers, onions, mushrooms, and kale, shaved Pecorino-Romano, toasted pecans. Holy yum! I’m so glad I chose this!
This was a special that I just can’t remember what it was… I didn’t order it after all…
I don’t remember what this was. I remember the older saying it was good, whatever it is…
Happy Birthday to me! And they didn’t sing… score, even better!
But we did have dessert. Hubby and Tbug got a Rootbeer Float.
The little got just vanilla ice cream.
I had Mocha Bourbon Pecan Torte. Espresso soaked chocolate cake, pecan ganache, coffee sabayon, mocha crème anglaise. OMG, it was amazing!
My parents shared Double Chocolate Homemade Cheesecake.
And my mother-in-law got a Mudslide.
So as you can tell, we ate our way through Anchorage!