In Fairbanks, you'll find eclectic dining options ranging from rustic baked goods and classic comfort food to Alaskan staples.
Where to Grab Breakfast in Fairbanks
- Lulu's Bread and Bagels - In northwest Fairbanks, a simple, delicious eatery with daily fresh bread specials and tasty breakfast sandwiches.
- Alaska Coffee Roasting Company - For some fantastic coffee and baked goods.
Favorite Fairbanks Lunch Spots
- Chowder House - Hidden gem closer to downtown Fairbanks. You're hard-pressed to find a more affordable and satisfying meal in Alaska. They always have their famous chowders ready (try either the Halibut Corn Chowder and Smoked Salmon Chowder) and feature a rotating soup of the day. Add a "Make Your Own" sandwich and you're set.
- Pita Place (or Falafel to locals) - The name says it: Fresh falafel served in a pita or on their own, the food here is simple but scrumptious. Save room for a bite or two of the coconut baklava.
Top Fairbanks Dinner Restaurants
- Pikes Landing - A local favorite near the Pikes Waterfront Lodge on the Chena River. The food is satisfying and the service friendly, but it's their riverside deck that really stands out. They serve a variety of hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dishes for lunch and dinner. Think seafood cheddar melts, half-pound burgers, rich soups, steak, and prime rib with all the fixings. The deck fills up quickly on sunny summer days. Dinner reservations recommended.
- Alaskan Salmon Bake - Although it caters to tourists, this picnic-style dining experience is quite authentic. All the recipes were handed down through generations of Alaskans. The buffet includes all-you-can-eat slow roasted beef, grilled salmon, and beer battered cod. There is also a full salad bar, plenty of sides, and a selection of desserts. There's a flat rate per person, with beer and wine available for an additional cost.
- Pump House - One of Fairbanks' longest-running restaurants, first began serving meals in 1933. The current building was reconstructed in 1978, but the décor, photographs, and artifacts are antiques. The Pump House features the "World's Most Northern Oyster Bar," as well as fantastic local seafood dishes, steak, and wild game.