Anchorage, like Alaska, is known for seafood: halibut, salmon, crab, and razor clams. You won't find much moose or bear on the menu, but reindeer sausage is quite popular. Look for the hot dog-style carts along the main streets for a quick and filling bite. Lots of berries grow locally, so look for them in pies or other dishes.
Anchorage has several microbreweries in town and there are many brewpubs that serve up local beer along with casual fare. Most restaurants will highlight Alaska brews on their beverage menus, so be on the look out.
Popular Restaurants in Anchorage:
Another popular spot for beer and burgers is the Glacier Brewhouse (737 W. 5th Avenue, Suite 110, 907-274-2739). The menu ranges from pizza to wood-grill and rotisserie meats (like the rotisserie prime rib) to seafood (think Bering Sea King crab legs) and fish dishes (like Bourbon BBQ Alaska Salmon). All beer served here is brewed locally. Unless you arrive plenty early on Saturday nights, there might be a long line to get a table – so check the bar for backup seating. Glacier Brewhouse is open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse (610 W. 6th Ave. at F St., 907-276-BEER) is an Anchorage institution and a locals' wateringhole that serves delicious food of whale-sized portions and a tremendous selection of beer (many locally brewed). You choose your seating - sit indoors and catch the game on TV in the sports bar atmosphere, or sit outside in the Crab Shack for a bit of sun and fresh air. The halibut burger is delicious (they have the "regular" kind of burgers, too) as is the pizzas and local fish. To kick it up a notch on weekends, there are live bands that perform. It's open for lunch from 11 a.m. on weekdays; breakfast is served weekends from 9 a.m.
If you're window shopping for art along G Street and need a quick bite, Urban Greens (304 G St., 907-276-0333) has great sandwiches, soups and salads that really hit the spot. If you're not absolutely ravenous, the kitchen will gladly make up a half order. Open weekdays for lunch only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you're in the mood for scrumptious steakhouse fare, try Sullivan's Steakhouse (320 West 5th Ave., tel: 907-258-2882). Go for a huge "knife and fork" burger or an 8 – 24 ounce steak; and, of course, seafood is available, too. The "Business Lunch" is a prix fixe menu, offering your choice of soup or salad plus an entree from a select list. It also comes with steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Sullivan's is open for lunch Mon. through Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., and dinner daily starting at 5 p.m.
Orso (737 W. 5th Ave., 907-222-3232) is a more upscale restaurant that blends Mediterranean cuisine with Alaskan meats and seafood, along with locally made pasta, to provide guests with some new twists on some traditional fare. Try the Alaskan king crab and risotto cakes, a seafood gyro (mixed and pressed meats) or Halibut Cheek Picatta – all a "must try" from the menu. Orso is open for lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 am to 2:30 p.m., and for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served daily from 5 p.m.