Anchorage Alaska Restaurant Memories

You'll enjoy these Anchorage Alaska Restaurant memories in stories that will fill your heart. From burgers and fries to steaks and more.

anchorage alaska restaurant memoriesA few of the local favorites

Do You Want to get Hungry?

Which of these were a favorite of yours?

Remember burgers at the Arctic Roadrunner, yummy corn dogs at the Fur Rondy and fine dining at Alaska's own Double Musky Inn located in Girdwood?

If you still live in Anchorage, or if you lived there at one time, you likely have great memories of your favorite restaurants.

Take a moment to enjoy the stories below and remember when.

We guarantee you'll get hungry just thinking about your favorite places to eat in Anchorage.

What Are Your Favorite Anchorage Alaska Restaurants?

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Enjoy These Stories of Favorite Anchorage Alaska Restaurants

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A Cheechako and a Taco
at the La Cabana
Where am I today? was the first thing I said to myself when I woke up. After sleeping ten nights in different hotels along the drive to Alaska, each …

Gwennie's Restaurant
In Her Own Words
“I Love this interview with the owner of Gwennie’s.” Robin The following is an exclusive interview with Gwennie Thornton, the original owner of Gwennie's. …

A&W Drive-In Memories 
“Our lunchtime destination was A&W Drive-In, where we always ordered the same thing. A bold tasting barbecue sandwich, warm french fries and a …

International Airport Cafe
When Mike and I were dating during the winter of 1967, we drove out to the Airport. Mike had mentioned to me that The Airport Café had excellent sandwiches. …

Wishing For a
"Lucky Wishbone" Lunch
Oh, man! Wishing for the-one-of-a-kind taste of a Lucky Wishbone hamburger, fries, and soda for lunch. But it's a long way from our home in California. …

The La Cabana 
Crunch! Yum! Delicious! That was my first bite into my very first taco at, The La Cabana Restaurant in Anchorage, Alaska. Then, a second bite into …

The Arctic Roadrunner 
What are your favorite memories of the Arctic Roadrunner? Just thinking about the Arctic Road Runner's Alaskan Banquet hamburger is making me hungry. …

Double Musky Inn
Girdwood, Alaska
What follows is the true story of how the now world-famous Double Musky Inn, a Girdwood, Alaska landmark – got its start. Julian “Moe” Maule was a …

Peggy's Airport Cafe' Memories Not rated yet
An Anchorage, Alaska favorite, Peggy's Airport Café first opened in 1944. Who was Peggy? She didn't come to Alaska to open a restaurant. Instead, …

Buds Burger on Mt. View Drive Not rated yet
In 1972, I was 21 and working near Ship Creek on Ship Ave. Living as a young bachelor, being a terrible cook and discovering Buds Burger was a real …

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What Are Your Favorite Anchorage Alaska Restaurant Memories?

The list of favorites is pretty long

Do You Remember These?

  • Don's Green Apple
  • Lucky Wishbone
  • Arctic Roadrunner
  • Cattle Company
  • How How
  • The Abby
  • Benny's Taco Wagon
  • Gwennies
  • Downtown Hof Brau
  • Woolworth's lunch counter
  • Hewitt's lunch counter on 4th Avenue
  • La Cabana
  • La Mex
  • Shakey's in Spenard?

And we didn't come close to naming most of them.

Anchorage Alaska restaurants are a great escape from long winters. Your favorite places can quickly become almost a part of the family.

And when warmer weather finally arrives, your favorite restaurants are part of what's great about Alaskan summers.

Have you ever sat by the creek at the Arctic Road Runner?

How to Get People from Anchorage Talking

Just ask them if they have ever visited the old A&W Drive-In, where the lions were on display.

Or ask them what burger they like to order at the Arctic Roadrunner. Or ask them how often they visit the Lucky Wishbone.

Most will tell you who had the best burger, the best fries, and where to go when it's time to have a really nice dinner, in or near Anchorage.

Are you hungry? We are!

How Did It All Begin?

Many of these fun Anchorage Alaska Restaurant Memories include how the restaurant got its start and other interesting facts that you might not already know.

You'll get to know the owners or some of their family as they tell you how the restaurant you love came about.

And the pictures that accompany the stories will really remind you of memories you may have forgotten.

So, what special place are you thinking about now?

The White Spot

The original A&W Drive-In

The Arctic Roadrunner

La Cabana

A wonderful steak at Club Paris

Anchorage's Tastee Freez

Benny's Food Truck

And the list could go on and on.

Are you hungry? We certainly are.

Anchorage Alaska Restaurant Memories, the early days

In 1915, when Anchorage was nothing more than a rough settlement of cobbled together tents, the first settlers used to put syrup on everything they ate, including bread and meat, just to get enough energy to sustain them.

Two Girls Waffle House, Circa 1916

early cafeOne of Anchorage's first restaurants

Can you imagine how welcome this waffle house was in those early days?

By the way, what was (is) your favorite place to get waffles in Anchorage?


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Peggy's Airport Café

A&W Root beer

Nikko Garden

Benny's Taco Wagon

Woolworth's Lunch Counter

and more.

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All About the Lucky Wishbone

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Anchorage Memories interviewed Patricia Brown-Heller, one of the daughters of Lucky Wishbone owners George and Peggy Brown.

The following is from that interview.

Anchorage Memories – Mike and Mary:

The Lucky Wishbone first opened for business on November 30, 1955. What was that first day like?


We brought in a whopping $80 the first day!  

Sven quickly decided he wasn't fond of the business and sold his share.  

Dad's mom, Dagny, helped out with babysitting and cooking the first few years. After the last child, Corky, was born, the family moved from the tiny house next to the restaurant to a new split-level in College Village.  

Dad again did most of the construction. The house and the restaurant all survived the 1964 Earthquake.

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Except from Gwennie's Old Alaska Restaurant Story

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Anchorage Memories – Mike and Mary:

Your Gwennie's Restaurant menu became so popular. How did you come up with the items to serve?


I worked at the Paris Island Marine Corps Base and cooked breakfast for the Marines.

It was so much fun and I learned a lot about breakfast.

I love reindeer sausage, crab, shrimp and all the rest of the seafood.

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