Anchorage Alaska Restaurant Stories

Memories of yummy places to eat in Anchorage and Alaska recipes for your dining enjoyment.

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A&W Drive-In Memories 
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The La Cabana 
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The Arctic Roadrunner 
This is really making me hungry. Just thinking about the "Arctic Road Runner's" Alaskan Banquet hamburger. Our favorite location is at 2477 Arctic …

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 it's start. Julian "Moe" Maule was a …

Thanksgiving on 2nd and Cordova 
Our Alaskan Thanksgiving Day celebration always started with our mother Feodoria making waffles and bacon for breakfast, Yum. How great it was to be …

Aluminum Foil is Good! 
When I was growing up, our family often ate outdoors. Sometimes it was necessary. Other times it was "just because." One thing was constant. We loved it! …

Snow Ice Cream 
Mom put on her winter boots and her coat, and with a bowl and cup in her hands she headed outside into our yard covered with freshly fallen snow. Mom …

Anchorage International Airport Cafe Not rated yet
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 Cafe had very good sandwiches. …

Wishing For a "The Lucky Wishbone" Lunch Not rated yet
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 California. The …

Fur Rondy Corn Dogs Not rated yet
Yes! I loved my Fur Rondy corn dogs. I liked them best with ketchup. My husband Mike told me he liked his best with mustard. It was the grand opening …

Alaska's Best Chili Not rated yet
The glow of Fireball XL5 on late afternoon Anchorage television held us in a trance - It was the mid 1960s and my brother Tom and I sat slumped teenage …

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From Rondy Corn Dogs to the Double Musky Inn

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

Alaskans love food and everyone has their favorite restaurants. Take a moment to remember when.

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Anchorage Alaska Restaurant Stories

Every year in Alaska, hunters take to the woods in search of a moose to provide meat for their families.

Mike's dad always made a deal to buy a hind quarter which my parents would take to a butcher. They would have their moose meat cut up into roasts, they would have some ground and some cut into steaks.

Then they would rent a freezer locker for the moose meat.

Others in Alaska put up other wild game, fish and put up jars of Alaskan strawberries, rhubarb and wild berries.

Mike's family also loved to fish, and then bring home their fresh catch of trout and cook them up for dinner. Now that's Alaskan cuisine.

Alaskan potatoes are a local favorite. Over the years Mary and I have been somewhat amused when we tell our friends here in the "lower 49" that farms in Alaska's Matanuska Valley grow potatoes. And that strawberries grow well in Alaska.

As kids growing up in Anchorage during the summer months, we loved walking by any backyard that had a strawberry patch.

If any strawberries had grown beyond the fence, they were fair game.

Our biggest problem was that once we ate the few strawberries that had grown beyond the fence, we usually ate a few that were "just inside" the fence. Yummy, fresh Alaskan strawberries.

Alaska Salmon - Fresh from Cook Inlet

Because Mary's family ran a commercial fishing site at Point Possession, just across Cook Inlet from Anchorage, Mary's mom would set aside some fresh salmon to smoke or take home.

At Point Possession, fish was smoked over special kinds of drift wood that Mary's mom would carefully choose while walking along the beach. The resulting freshly smoked Alaskan salmon was delicious.

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Tasty Alaska Food Recipes

From simple dishes like "snow ice cream".

But Alaskans also enjoy fresh salmon, King crab, halibut and of course that wonderful dessert known the world over as "baked Alaska."

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What's Your Favorite Anchorage Restaurant?

The list 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 and they quickly become almost a part of the family. And when summer finally arrives, our favorite restaurants are part of what's great about Alaska.

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