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Jul 14, 2007 05:57 PM

Good dining in Anchorage?

I'm going to be in Anchorage on business for a few days and will have a good amount of free time. I'm staying at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood. We have a car and I am open to any kind of dining. There is no budget so long as the food is good. Any dining suggestions would be much appreciated!

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  1. Anchorage has seen a mushrooming of good, but often short-lived, trendy restaurants in recent years. I am out of date on those. The original fine and creative place is still there after decades, however. The Marx Brothers Cafe.

    There is one other point to suggest, although this applies anywhere. Alaska has fantastic seafood through the summer, particularly wild salmon. This is one of the most flavorful fish you'll find anywhere. Don't mess it up with lots of other flavors or a rich sauce. Sure, a little salsa or chutney (not overly spicy) on the side may add some interest. Or a very light glaze, although why bother unless your bored with salmon? But a cream sauce smothering the salmon is a travesty.

    Fresh halibut is another good choice. It has much less flavor of its own and thus can take a crusting or light sauce.

    There's no farmed salmon grown in AK, but some cheaper restaurants may still sell frozen fish. You do best with a restaurant that can tell you where and when they got their salmon.

    1. Where did you end up?

      We're here for the weekend. Looking for some authentic chinese, but would be happy with what we can find that's good. So far, 2 meals at the Capt Cook hotel... meeting up with local friends for the rest of the weekend, not sure what they know about.

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      1. re: BigBlue120

        The best restaurants for me were the Double Musky in Girdwood and The Bridge in Achorage. The Bridge is really neat because it is over a river where lots of people fish. Hope you have a great trip!

        1. re: Nikki NYC

          Had a great trip. Turns out our freinds cooked the rest of the weekend for us. Great eats and the price was right :)

      2. At the hotel in Girdwood go up the tram to the top of the mountain and eat at Seven Glaciers. Best restaurant in Anchorage and probably Alaska as far as I could tell in 2 weeks.