Anchorage is a surprisingly good food destination, reflective of the array of cultures that exist throughout the city and the state. There are options for every kind of traveler, whether it's fine dining with a great view, or a lively local favorite for pizza and beer.
Where to Grab Breakfast in Anchorage
- Snow City Café - Popular breakfast option in downtown Anchorage. This cheery space has diner-style booths and features the work of local artists. It has some of the best eggs benedict dishes in town, as well as many Alaskan inspired breakfast faves.
- Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop - Delicious scones, muffins, breakfast focaccia, and an especially scrumptious take on a breakfast sandwich.
- Gwennie's Old Alaska Restaurant - Anchorage's iconic greasy spoon diner serving breakfast all day. Started in the 1960s and still beloved today for its history, kitschy Alaska-Americana décor, and generous portions.
- For a good cup of coffee and a small bite to the start the day, look for local chains Kaladi Brothers Coffee and Steam Dot, or the Kobuk in downtown.
Favorite Anchorage Lunch Spots
You'll probably be out adventuring around midday, but if you find yourself in town and looking for something delicious for lunch, head to:
- El Green-Go's - Formerly a food truck, but now with a permanent downtown location just up the hill from the Coastal Trail. Smaller menu but big flavors, think decked out street tacos and fajita plates with your choice of sauces.
- Middleway Café - Salads, soups, smoothies, sandwiches, and wraps. Perfect to grab and go.
- Spenard Food Truck Carnival - Open most Thursdays at lunchtime in the summer. Food trucks that frequent the carnival dish up gourmet grilled cheese, brick oven personal pizzas, falafel, barbecue, Southeast Asian street food...the list goes on!
Top Anchorage Dinner Restaurants
Though the list of top places to grab dinner in Anchorage could go for pages, these local's picks make the shortish list for their unique styles and playful takes on Alaskan staples.
- Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria - An Anchorage staple. The place is always packed and wait long, so go early and order a pint of Broken Tooth Bewery beer while you wait. Moose's Tooth's sister restaurant, Bear Tooth Grill and Theatrepub, offers locally inspired Asian-Mexican fusion dishes.
- Simon and Seafort's - Often voted the best seafood restaurant in Alaska. Nice location in Downton overlooking Cook Inlet. For a more casual dining experience, their bar has a pared down menu and one of the best happy hours in town.
- Rustic Goat - Refined comfort food, think bison sliders with homemade vanilla fig jam. This West Anchorage restaurant is only about 10 minutes from the airport, so it's a good dinner spot if you're catching a red eye out of Anchorage.
- For some more walkable downtown options, check out Ginger for Asian-fusion, 49th State Brewing for superb rooftop views, Glacier Brewhouse for fresh salmon and halibut entrees, Crush for an impeccable wine selection, and Tent City Taphouse for an impeccable beer selection.
- Wild Scoops - End the day with a sweet treat from Alaska's first "microcreamery."