Must Visit Restaurants in Anchorage
Traveling to Anchorage? Something you’ll quickly notice is the expensive cost of food in Alaska due to Alaska’s remoteness. That is why local food in Alaska is a big deal. Anchorage is over 2,000 land miles away from Seattle, which means that food brought into the state travels a long way. Oftentimes late/delayed shipments from Seattle means food shortages of fresh produce and even bulk supplies in Alaska. All those miles also mean the food quality of perishable items can suffer. This is enough reason for me to support shopping locally, and just as importantly, eating at restaurants that serve locally sourced produce, meats, and seafood. Check out these restaurants that serve locally grown and caught on their menus while you are visiting Anchorage on your Alaska vacation.
Beartooth is one of those restaurants that has it all. Watch a cheap movie on the big screen while drinking local brew and eating Alaska Grown at one of Anchorage’s favorite restaurants. When available, Bear Tooth uses Alaska grown produce and seafood. They just changed their menus to include a symbol for the menu items that incorporate Alaska Grown ingredients.
South Restaurant and Coffeehouse
Cafe 817 really takes sandwiches to the next level. They focus on having the freshest ingredients, source local vegetables in-season, and really leave people feeling full and satisfied.
The chefs at Organic Oasis redefined the lamb burger for me, and I’m forever eternally grateful. Also, they are huge supports of Alaskan grown organic produce and you are guarantee one of the freshest salads you’ll eat in Alaska. The restaurant feel a little like a cafeteria, but they often have live music and there food will leave you feeling refreshed.
The easiest way to sum up Sacks is to say “quality.” The chefs at Sacks Cafe and Restaurant just get it and serve food with subtle flavors and artful presentation. Located downtown, this is a perfect place to catch lunch and get a taste of local produce in-season.
This classic Americana restaurant in Midtown does seafood proud and has crowd pleasers like spicy grilled halibut. When in-season, they’ll incorporate local produce to keep their fresh, full-flavored menu even more exciting.
This seasonal eatery with one of the prettiest views in Anchorage also is a class act in supporting local foods. They’re only open in summer and cater mainly to tourists (they’re down in ship creek by the train station). They feature stunning AK seafood and pretty much anything they can get veggie wise from local purchaser and distributor Kyla Byers with Arctic Harvest Deliveries. They purchase potatoes, beets, lettuce, zucchini and whatever local buyer, Kyla, can get her hands on.
A special thanks to Emily Wiswesser for compiling part of this list. Emily is the owner and operator of two amazing locally sourced companies: Alaska Artisanal: Gift baskets featuring 100% Alaskan made small-batch specialty foods, with free shipping to any US destination and APO/FPO addresses worldwide and Grow and Gather: They scour the state to find the best-tasting, 100% Alaskan made and grown foods. Orders over $15 ship free to Alaska, orders over $35 ship free anywhere in the US.
Did I miss a restaurant? Was I wrong about any of these restaurants? Let me know in the comments and we’ll add/make corrections.1