Unexpected food & ambiance in South Anchorage
Downtown Anchorage is (happily) devoid of chain restaurants. They exist mostly along the arterials on the outskirts of town. Therefore, it is a surprise to find first-rate independent restaurants in those same outskirts. The Middle Way Cafe is in a strip mall but has great neighbors: REI and a popular used book store called Title Wave Books. It serves breakfast, lunch and early supper until 7:00 p.m. The bright and spacious cafe has art on the walls. (November 2011 note: They seem not to have a website now, but I did see a user review posted on 11/23/11.)
I understand that there are often lines, but on a chilly, windy Monday morning,there was no wait and my host, Jack, and I ordered quickly from an extensive chalkboard menu. He is a local, and at his recommendation, I had what he did: three thick slices of French toast made of multi-grain bread, whipped butter, whipped cream, sweet berry sauce and a lemon slice.