Whenever I go to a new place, I always make a promise to myself that I’ll only buy food that I couldn’t otherwise get back at home. It has made for some of the most special experiences of my life. Experiences like eating Fish n’ Chips while watching the sunset in Scotland, scarfing down copious amounts of the best barbecue on a cross country road trip, or wherever else. One of my favorite things about travel is experiencing the food of wherever you are. How about the best places to eat in Anchorage?
Anchorage, Alaska is a fun, relatively small, freezing city and the capital of it’s great and beautiful state. Despite being so far north and out of the way from, well, everything, Anchorage still offers some of the most fun and quirky places to eat of any US city I’ve ever been to. Here are five of my favorite places that I think you need to try in Anchorage, Alaska.
A very modern and stylish cafe with a few different locations around Anchorage. The baristas there are incredibly talented and will make whatever awesome designs you’d like on the top of your latte. They offer free wifi and a comfortable place to sit and work, and make sure you try the cold brew!
In my opinion, Pangea is one of the most quirky places you can eat in the northwestern hemisphere. True to their name, everything in the restaurant, from the interior design down to their menu, is a cultural conglomeration. A mashup that honestly, I’ve never seen before, but absolutely love. It’s the most expensive of the five places on this list, but it’s worth it, just for the experience. Wait staff is friendly and always ready to help, and their central bar has, quite literally, anything you want.
Definitely the most known of all these options, but a list of places to eat in Anchorage wouldn’t be complete without Moose’s Tooth. Their pizza is incredible, the home brews are delicious, and the cheese bread can make a lactose intolerant person blush just looking at it. Definitely try the Broken Tooth beer, or (and?) the in-house Root Beer if that’s more your thing (it’s incredible). It’s busy, so make sure you’re ready for the crowds!
The Noisy Goose
The Noisy Goose is an adorable, family owned restaurant about 45 minutes outside Anchorage. I know that’s a little far for a list about Anchorage’s restaurants (this is in Palmer, AK), but I love this place so much that it warrants a place on this list.
It has all the home-town charm you’d expect of a small restaurant in a small town, and has the food quality to back it up. Throw a slice of pineapple or an egg (or both!) on your burger, get the fries crispy, it’s your world! Whatever you do, make sure you finish your meal off with a slice of in-house made pie and a scoop of ice cream.
Dark Horse Coffee
As a nomad I’m always looking for places I’m comfortable working in for a few hours at a time. You don’t want to feel like a burden to the staff but you also need good internet, and sometimes those things don’t overlap. My favorite place in Anchorage is Dark Horse Coffee. Their latte is easily the best I had while I was there, the pastries are perfect, and my speedtest on my iPad came back at a whopping 800 mbps. If you don’t know what that means, don’t worry about it. But if you’re a frequent traveler who works in cafes, I can already hear you booking your next flight.
Wherever you eat next, I hope you think about the impact your business can have. Quarantine and Covid-19 has been hard on all of us, but especially for small businesses. Take a few days this week and eat out at some small businesses that could use your support. And if you try any of these five listed above, let me know! I always love hearing about people’s travels. As always, thanks for reading.