John and Jennifer’s Quick Guide to the Best Food in Alaska

These are  our personal favorite places to eat and some of the places to avoid.  It is a personal joke how we say, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was a way to put all the restaurants we love online.  You know, like a website or something that does reviews.” lol.  This is that list.  Not a complete review of places, but enough so we can figure out where to eat.

I am breaking the list up by Towns:

Anchorage
Eagle River & Chugiak
Wasilla

Anchorage, Alaska

Appetizers

Brew Pub Pretzels

Applebees – 7611 Debarr Rd – (907) 332-7753
Hours: Sun – Sat ???

After 9pm their appetizers are 1/2 price and I have to say these Brew Pub Pretzels are awesome!  The only reason we even come to Applebees is for these.  Just typing this up is making me want to eat them now, lol.  So good!

Quesadilla – Denny’s – Debarr – Open 24hrs

Baked Potato – Yes, just for Jennifer

Peanut Farm – 5727 Old Seward Hwy – (907) 563-3283
Hours: Sun – Thurs 6am – 2:30am Fri – Sat 6am – 3am  Serves food till 2am
We order this potato with Chicken, Veggies, Cheese, Chives, and Butter.

Chicken

Wings

Moose’s Tooth – 3300 Old Seward Hwy – (907) 258-2537
Hours: Sun – Thurs til 11pm and Fri & Sat till Midnight.

They have some of the best wings on the planet and the pizza is really good too.

Chinese

Try – Jewel Lake Pizza & Tea – Suggested by Virginia

Chicken Fried Rice

Tempura Express

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Tempura Express

Coffee

Denny’s – Debarr, when freshly brewed – 24 hrs

Awful – Village Inn

Cold Beer

Peanut Farm
Buckaroos

French Fries

Long branch

Okay – Red Robin, Leroy’s, McDonalds

Hamburgers

Longbranch
Leroy’s
Red Robin
Blue Fox

Try – Burger Stop – Suggested by Adrienne, Virginia, and Robin

Awful Burgers – Burger Cash

Italian

Try – Little Italy – Suggested by Virginia

Mexican

Try – Don Jose
Try – Xalos Mexican Grill – suggested by Angel Wallis

Fajita

Chepo’s – Beef Fajita – Wasilla

Nachos

Pancakes

Leroy’s
IHOP

Awful – Denny’s

Pizza

Moose’s Tooth
Sicily’s

Try – Guido’s – Suggested by Virginia

Awful Pizza – Great Alaska Pizza Company

Popcorn (Free)

Eddies Sports Bar
Buckaroo
Darwins
Chilkoots
Last Frontier
JJ’s Sports Bar
Time Out

Seafood

Try – F Street Station
Try – Mama Os

Steak

Cattle Company
Leroy’s
Lone Star

Try – Rice Bowl – Suggested by Virginia

Okay – Outback

Awful – Applebees, TGIF, Peanut Farm

Sushi

Tempura Express – (907) 770-7022, 3024 Mountain View Dr

This place is our benchmark for sushi.  It was good, but not outstanding.  It has a really high score on Urban Spoon, probably more for the Japanese food instead of the sushi.

Try – Samurai SushiRobin suggested
Try – Tokyo – Leeanne suggested

24 Hour Places to eat – Just a list of everything so we can decide at 3am

Leroy’s – Great Place!
Sicily’s – They Deliver – Awesome Pizza!
Golden Donuts – They have Philly’s, Mochas, and of course Donuts. Dine in open 24 hrs.
Denny’s
China Garden – They Deliver – open till 4:30am, later on the weekend.  Rather a dirty place, not really sure we will come back
McDonald’sJenn only like the Selects, Southern Chicken, Crispy Ranch Snack Wrap, Egg McMuffin, Nuggets, or Fries
Ski & Benny’s – Never gone…
Taco Bell

Cheap Drink Specials

Time Out

Coffee Flavored Bailey’s $3.00
Free Popcorn
Free Hotdogs
Free Soup
Free Live Music on Friday & Saturday
Karaoke on Wednesday & Thursday

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Eagle River, Alaska
Including Chugiak

Philly

#2 Birchwood Saloon – 20146 Pilots Rd, Chugiak, AK – (907) 688-2827
Hours: Sun – Sat Open ?? – Although the bar stays open later, food is served til midnight, except Sundays, where the kitchen is closed.

AWESOME! I had the Chugiak Philly and it was the Best I have ever had until I ate at the Windbreak in Wasilla. The bread and lots of cheese really make this want you to stuff as much as you can in your mouth.  The order comes with fries, they were not really worth it, but I did eat them.

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Wasilla, Alaska

Baked Potato – Yes, just for Jennifer

Silver Fox – 50 George Parks Hwy  Wasilla, AK – (907) 892-6179
Hours: Sun – Sat 4pm – Whenever it dies down up until 4am. Food is served from 4pm – 11pm daily. Steak night is Friday & Saturday

AWESOME! According to Jennifer this is the best Baked Potato she has ever had. This place is a full service bar with 7 pool tables and 7 dart boards, plus many other electronic games are  available.

Hamburgers

Silver Fox – 50 George Parks Hwy  Wasilla, AK – (907) 892-6179
Hours: Sun – Sat 4pm – Whenever it dies down up until 4am.
Food is served from 4pm – 11pm daily. Steak night is Friday & Saturday

We had a great burger.  It was huge and very tasty.  This is currently our #1 Burger Place in Wasilla. This place is a full service bar with 7 pool tables and 7 dart boards, plus many other electronic games are  available.

Philly

#1 Windbreak Hotel Lounge – 2201 E Parks Hwy, Wasilla, Alaska – (907) 376-4484
Hours: Mon – Fri 10am to 10pm Sat & Sun 9am – 10pm

Okay, here is what we actually did.  We ate at Windbreak and Birchwood in the same night to see who really does have the best Philly in Alaska. Windbreak won!  I still might edge out the bread from Birchwood, but the overall taste of the Windbreak Philly is really good.  This is now the best Philly I have ever had!  This is by far Jennifer’s favorite.  Actually it was her that kept saying how good they were, so I had to order from both places to find out once and for all.  She was right of course, lol

Sushi

Tokyo Restaurant & Sushi Bar – (907) 357-8888, 735 W Parks Hwy

Really good sushi; the best we have had yet in Alaska.  It wasn’t awesome, but it was really, really good.  The atmosphere is what you expect from a restaurant and Sushi bar.  All-in-all we really enjoyed ourselves.  The Hollywood Roll actually was served to us while on fire. That was cool! It ended up tasting rather grilled.  This is actually Jennifer’s favorite roll. I had the Italian Roll and it was delightful.  Adrienne had the Tuna Roll, it was our least favorite.  The 3 rolls and  Gyoza as an appetizer cost us $53 plus $15 = $68.  We didn’t have drinks.  Yes, we will definitely come back.

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John Howard has owned 13 companies, had a Real Estate license, been an Mortgage Loan Officer, been extensively involved in Day Trading, Commodities, Bought and Sold Tax Property, Accomplished Tax Auditor, Accountant, Written numerous computer programs, Written Screen Plays & Short Films, been Director on two major production short films, and has been semi-retired since 2007, concentrating on personal investing and writing.