M.A.'s Gourmet Dogs , 4th St & F St. "The Downtown Hotdog Guy". Highly popular hotdog kart located in the center of downtown Anchorage; loved by locals and tourists! For under $7 get a dog, chips, and drink. Recommend the reindeer sausage with onions!
Kriner's Diner, +1 907 929-8257, 2409 C St. The newest diner, best eats (in giant proportions) for little money ($4 – $15 per person), from Ted's Big Breakfast to Jenne's Reindeer Sandwich to the homemade Giant Cinnamon Rolls, you can't go wrong. Its home cooking, the Alaskan way.
Yak and Yeti, +1 907 743-8078, 3301 Spenard Road. Remarkably good Himalayan and Indian cuisine in Spenard. Five minutes from the airport.
Hula Hands, +1 907 278-4852, 4630 Mountain View Drive. Good, cheap Hawaiian and Tongan food. Another location on Fireweed.
Arctic Roadrunner5300 Old Seward Hwy1 907 561-1245, and 2477 Arctic Blvd, +1 907 279-7311. An Alaskan institution and consistently voted Anchorage's best burger. Kitschy Alaskana on the walls, including plaques and portraits of longtime Alaskans and longtime Arctic Roadrunner customers. Also try the halibut burger and homemade onion ring pieces. Cash only; "no checks since 1972."
City Diner Run by local celebrity "Chef Al" Levinsohn, famous for his other restaurant in town (Kincaid Grill). City Diner has some of the best sandwiches in town; the monte cristo is to die for and the sliders are amazing.
Gwennie's An Alaskan institution; must be seen to be understood. Down home Americana meets Alaska (think sourdough pancakes and reindeer sausage). Extremely touristy but also popular with the locals for good prices and big portions. Old-time Alaskan rusty things hanging on the walls.
Taco King/Burrito King113 W Northern Lights Blvd #D, 3561 E Tudor Rd, 1330 Huffman Rd #C, 111 W 38th AvePhone: +1 907 276-7387, 868-761, 336-5601, 569-2900Hours: 10AM-10PMPrice: $6-8Possibly the best (and fastest) Mexican food in Anchorage (not saying a whole lot, but it holds its own against places closer to the border) and with insanely great (for Alaska) prices if you get the right thing.
The Lucky Wishbone An Anchorage standard famous for their pan-friend chicken but also serving one of the better burgers in town.
Tommy's Burger Stop 29th ave & Spenard. Routinely voted the best burgers and philly sandwiches in Anchorage.
White Spot Cafe109 W 4th AvePhone: +1 907 279-3954The place is not much more than a small kitchen and a counter with room for 10 patrons. Arguably better burgers and definitely better halibut sandwiches than Arctic Roadrunner. Study the menu carefully before daring to order, or Sheri will put you in your place. The food is way worth the attitude, though. Big Al's Wings and Wings3807 Spenard RdPhone: +1 907 522-3388Hours: 10AM-10PMPrice: $9-12Wings and Things downtown, serving unique "Anchorage-style" wings, was a local institution for more than 20 years. Its sudden closure in August 2007 left a void in the hearts of tens of thousands of loyal customers. Big Al's, started by a former frequent Wings and Things customer and employing former Wings and Things employees, does a darn good job at attempting to fill the void. The chili powder-based dry rub and succulent, juicy wings are addicting. The other items on the menu don't disappoint, eitherlike the wings, the Philly cheesesteak is a unique and delicious twist on an otherwise familiar American staple.
Bear Tooth Theatrepub1230 W 27th AvePhone: +1 907 276-4200A wonderful pizza location, similar to the Moose's Tooth described below (although the menu differs a bit). It also features a movie theater in which you can eat dinner (they deliver it right to your seat) and imbibe from the wide selection of microbrews and wines. It mainly plays art house films and those that have been released for some time. It's a great place to spend an evening before taking a red-eye flight out of Anchorage as it's quite close to the Anchorage airport. Buy tickets in advance on the weekendsit can be very busy. The attached Bear Tooth Grill offers very different but equally delicious choices in a more traditional bar/grill restaurant setting. Glacier BrewHouse5th Ave between H and G St, +1 907 274-BREW. A very popular place to eat in downtown Anchorage. Wide selection of food, impressive selection of beers from their brewery. Hard to go wrong with this one if you're looking for a place to eat downtown. Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria3300 Old Seward HwyPhone: +1 907 258-2537Near New Seward and 36th. Brews their own beer and makes some fantastic pizza (all-ages welcome). Good atmosphere and walls covered with memorabilia about Alaska and beer. Can be busy. Frequently has outdoor concerts during the summer on the first Thursday of every month ("first tap" is age 21+). Must-go if you like beer. Has vegetarian selections. Medium prices; it's possible to save by splitting a large pizza. Menu and beer list online. Simon and Seafort's420 L St (end of downtown near the coastal trail), +1 907 274-3502. Semi-fancy seafood restaurant and bar. On the expensive side, but it's worth it to get some of the best seafood in Alaska (and being Anchorage, there's no dress code). They also have excellent non-seafood selections and a great lunch menu. You can also see the sunset over the water by the window. Menus online. Solstice Bar & Grill720 W 5th AvePhone: +1 907 276-7676While not as popular as Glacier BrewHouse, Solstice Bar & Grill offers meals of a similar quality for a slightly cheaper price. Located in the lobby level of the Westmark Hotel (almost directly across from the BrewHouse), this restaurant can get quite busy during the summer breakfast and dinner times, as Westmark plays host to a number of cruise line guests (its parent company is Holland America Line). Southside Bistro1320 Huffman Park DrPhone: +1 907 348-0088Fresh seafood and innovative preparations of meats and lighter fare make this a great stop for those heading south or those wanting to get away from the hustle of the touristy areas. Bar with microbrews and a good wine list. Snow City Cafe1034 W 4th AvePhone: +1 907 272-2489Open for breakfast and lunch only, except on Wednesdays when there is an excellent Irish jam (and sometimes dance!) from 7PM-11PM. There is often a long wait for a table and for good reason, food is fresh and affordable, breakfast is available all day and there are plenty of hearty fares for the health-conscious. If you're not health-conscious, the macaroni and cheese is to die for!
Crow's Nest4th and K (top floor of Hotel Captain Cook), +1 907 276-6000. AAA four-diamond rating and Wine Spectator awards. Seafood, "French and American" cuisine. View of entire city and Chugach Mountains. Definitely a splurge. Wine sommelier on staff; 10,000 bottle cellar. Dress code: Business casual. Good place to impress a date. Jens701 W 36th AvePhone: +1 907 561-5367'. A superb menu of Alaskan seafood with a twist, Danish specialties, and French classics that changes daily. Bar and good wine selection. ORSO RistorantePhone: +1 907 222-32325th Ave between H and G Sts. Located right next to and owned by the same company as Glacier BrewHouse, this restaurant offers higher-priced meals inspired by traditional Italian fare. Located in the same block as a number of art galleries and smaller boutique shops, one can keep occupied while waiting (which in the summer season, is typical). Ginger425 W 5th AvePhone: +1 907 929-3680New restaurant. Trendy, modern, upscale dining. Sort of an Asian-Alaskan fusion, with things like wasabi mashed potatoes. Extensive saki list. Try the fries for an appetizer; they're freshly made and delicious.
In Girdwood (45 minutes south):
Double Musky Inn3 Crow Creek RdPhone: +1 907 783-2822Mile. The Double Musky has Alaska's best Cajun cuisine with a local seafood slant. They have a "rustic yet formal" (but still no dress code) atmosphere. It is a great place to take a date, not just for the great food but also for the beautiful drive south along the coast. Also very warming after a day at the local Alyeska Ski Area.