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Anchorage/Fairbanks Eateries

MrsBerger2U Apr 15, 2006 10:55 PM

Hubby and I are venturing to Anchorage in August, driving from there to Fairbanks (past Denali) and returning to Anchorage (past Wrangell-St.Elias). With such long driving trips are there any "don't miss" eateries in either direction? We're not fancy eaters, but don't want greasy or average. Is there food that is considered "typical" Alaskan fare (besides salmon?)
Thanks - I realize this is a long way away, but we are SO excited!

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    Thomas of Delaware RE: MrsBerger2U Apr 20, 2006 08:30 AM

    I love Alaska. You will too. Here are my choices for Anchorage and Fairbanks: I THINK ALL PLACES ARE NOW NON SMOKING.

    F Street Station (very casual, good food)
    Space is at a premium in this minuscule downtown bar where the downtown business crowd heads for a light meal. It isn't for kids, and the bar sometimes gets smoky, but the food is always delicious. The steak sandwich and cheeseburgers are good bets, but also look over the board for today's seafood specials. A giant block of cheese occupies one corner of the bar, and the TVs are usually tuned to sports in this Cheers-type gathering place. AE, DC, MC, V.

    Address: 325 F St., Anchorage, AK, USA
    Phone: 907/272-5196

    From the moment you walk through our saloon doors, you'll know it is time to relax and have a great meal. The breathtaking views, the gracious hospitality and our honest cuisine work together to ensure that your dining experience is a memorable one.

    Simon and Seafort's. The Great Alaskan Dinnerhouse.

    420 L Street
    Anchorage, AK 99501
    Phone:(907) 274-3502

    Lunch Hours:
    Mon- Fri 11am-2:30pm
    Sat no lunch
    Sun no lunch

    Dinner Hours:
    Mon- Sun 5pm-10pm

    Bar Hours:
    Mon- Fri 11am- 12 midnight
    Sat, Sun 4pm- 12 midnight
    Last call 11:30pm daily

    Appetizer Specials:
    Every Night After 9:00pm

    Non-smoking dining room and bar.

    Kids menu, booster seats and high chairs available.

    Large groups up to 20 can be accommodated; call manager in advance.

    For casual Fairbanks dining, try the Captain's Lounge located on the main floor of Pike's Waterfront Lodge.

    This full-service Fairbanks restaurant offers a variety of pleasing menu entrees, burgers, and beverages.

    For fine dining with a fantastic view of the Chena River, try the famous Pike's Landing (located right next door to Pike's Waterfront Lodge).

    Pike's Landing is a Fairbanks restaurant landmark and has mouth-watering specialties prepared by some of Alaska's best chefs.

    The Pumphouse - Fairbanks (MY FAVORITE - ATE THERE AT LEAST FIVE TIMES)

    Fine Dining in an Historic Atmosphere Overlooking the Chena River
    Award Winning Dining recognized by DiRoNa

    Riverboat Discovery along the Pumphouse Deck
    Spectacular Sunday Brunch
    Prime Aged Beef
    Alaskan Seafood
    Premium Wine List & Micro Brews
    Catering & Wedding Services
    Private Parties
    Banquet Rooms
    Book your Group Functions by calling the catering department!


    With the addition of an antique 1930 National Shuffleboard to compliment our Antique Brunswick Pool Tables, we celebrate this occasion with a new logo t-shirt. More info.
    Starting October 1st
    DINNER: 5:00-10:00 PM
    SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10:00AM -2:00PM.
    Open 7 days a Week
    Starting memorial day weekend
    LUNCH: 11:30AM - 2:00 PM
    DINNER MENU: 5:00PM-10:00 PM
    SALOON MENU: 2:OOPM - 11:00PM
    SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10:00AM -2:00PM.
    ·Baby Back Ribs
    ·Karaoke Night

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    1. re: Thomas of Delaware
      MrsBerger2U RE: Thomas of Delaware Apr 22, 2006 08:33 PM

      Wow, thanks so much for such an in-depth recommendation. We will definitely try these out and will report on them when we return!

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        Thomas of Delaware RE: MrsBerger2U Apr 23, 2006 07:37 AM

        Enjoy the trip - enjoy the food. Say "Hi" to everyone in Alaska for me. I miss that place.

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          repete RE: Thomas of Delaware Apr 28, 2006 10:34 AM

          Not a bad place to start:


          or for lighter fare:

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        repete RE: Thomas of Delaware Apr 23, 2006 02:05 PM

        I was tremendously underwhelmed by Pike's. Perhaps it's that the rest of Fairbanks' dining scene is so dismal -- or that expectations are low going in -- that make it stand out for some.

        Anchorage, however, has some great dining. Simon's and Seafort's is reliable and a pretty good rec, but F Street is the kind of pub fare you can get in any city. Good, but not outstanding.

        Two wonderful recs are south of Anchorage in Girdwood. My personal favorite is the Double Musky -- which was Cajun long before Cajun was cool. I started going there in 1984.


        For a fancy meal on a clear night, the 7 Glaciers is an unforgettable locale with high end food.

        Plus the drive alone from Anchorage -- about an hour -- is one of the most scenic anywhere.


        In the city itself, Glacier Brewhouse is a highlight for many. Jen's Bodega and Orso are excellent. For a quick, bite the cafe at the museum of history and art is excellent (run by the Marx Bros. Cafe -- long a local favorite).


        Unfortunately, there aren't many options on the driving part between Anchorage-Fbx--Wrangell/Elias.

        Hopefully, you're visiting the Kenai Peninsula -- a much nicer area than the trek to Fairbanks with better scenery, better activities and much better dining. While Denali is worth it, venturing on north to Fairbanks is a bad mistake if you shortchange the Kenai Peninsula area.

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        anclocal RE: MrsBerger2U Sep 23, 2008 09:41 PM

        Humpy's - good food, great drinks, great atmosphere.
        Darwins - good dive bar
        Glacier Brewhouse - decent food, good bar
        F Street - used to be good but really downhill in the last 6 months - poor service, seafood just doesn't taste that good and can drawn some real nasty drunk locals at night

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          ClaireWalter RE: anclocal Mar 7, 2011 09:35 PM

          Old thread, but if anyone finds it again, Crush in downtown Anchorage has a great wine list, casual atmosphere and tapas-style menu created by chef who is a James Beard semi-finalist, Pacific NW region.

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            mommamayi RE: ClaireWalter Oct 12, 2011 05:05 PM

            I would recommend "229 Parks", which is literally at that milepost on the the Parks Highway as you near Denali, driving from Anchorage. It's about a 2 1/2 hour drive if you're going to it from Fairbanks. We drive down for our anniversary sometimes, or try to stop coming or going from Anchorage. Laura Cole as a cookbook and her family owns a great wilderness lodge within Denali. We ate there once, just after Laura Bush and her entourage were there and I know that Sean Penn ate their when directing "Into the Wild".

            Another place to eat in Fairbanks is "Lavelle's Bistro". http://www.lavellesbistro.com/

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          laurachow RE: MrsBerger2U Oct 15, 2011 12:39 PM

          It would be nice if Chowhound posted the original date of a thread, so we can choose to pass on a thread like this that was started in 2006! Seems like it could be included right next to the name of the original poster.

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            mommamayi RE: laurachow Oct 15, 2011 01:12 PM

            Wow, I should have proofread my post, but I was in a hurry! The date of the original post is next to the poster's name at the bottom of the message. I knew that this started in 2006, but thought I would offer some updated suggestions in case someone else comes looking for ideas of good places to eat in the area.

            A couple of other suggestions are "Silver Gulch Brewing Company" in Fox, Alaska, just outside of Fairbanks - http://www.silvergulch.com/ , and Marx Brother's Cafe in Anchorage - http://www.marxcafe.com/

            The best of all of the places I recommended is "229 Parks", near Denali. That's the one that has the potential to "wow" you the most. The others are just good by foodie standards, but not off the charts. People don't come to Alaska for the food. They come for the scenery. :


            Marx Brothers Cafe
            627 W Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501

            1. re: mommamayi
              laurachow RE: mommamayi Oct 16, 2011 11:45 AM

              Yes, the date is in the thread. But, wouldn't it be great if the date was included on the list on the board so you don't even have to bother to open a thread that was started years ago? I'd appreciate that, since sometimes I spend time responding to something only to realize that is is so old as to be irrelevant.

              But, updated reviews are always welcome! I hear the termination dust is creeping toward Anchorage. Hope you have a nice snowy and sunny winter!

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                mommamayi RE: laurachow Oct 16, 2011 12:05 PM

                Valid point!

                Yes, we woke up to a blanket of white here in Fairbanks this morning. Time to get a fire going in the fireplace and make a mocha.

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                  laurachow RE: mommamayi Oct 16, 2011 01:14 PM

                  Doh! I just found that there is an option to choose date started on the boards. Don't know why I never noticed it before? Problem solved.

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