Breakfast at Snow City Cafe

Good start to the day at downtown Anchorage breakfast spot

Snow City Cafe, which sits on the edge of downtown Anchorage, is known city-wide for its Benedicts, its omelets and its stuffed French toast. And for opening at 7:00 on weekday mornings. And for servingthose fabulous breakast items until it stops serving food eight hours later. And for good coffee and espresso drinks, available for an hour after the kitchen closes. And for art on the walls. But mostly, it is known for being welcoming to all.  I saw lawyerly-looking men in suits, not surprising since the courts are within a few blocks, but I also saw guys and gals with tattoos and piercings — and neither style seemed put upon by the presence of the other.

Come on in!

The cafe occupies a prominent corner, with large windows and a lot of elbow room at the tables and broad counter.  I’ve been in New York City kitchens that are smaller than Snow City Cafe’s booths.The food is fresh and is sourced from local vendors when possible, and that’s quite a trick in Alaska. They bake in-house (the sticky buns are legendary) and also offer an assortment of vegan, gluten-free and heart-healthy options. And half-orders are available on many items for lighter appetites. Thanks to quality, consistency and variety, Snow City Cafe has raked in annual awards for best breakfast and best brunch, which is no surprise to anyone who has started the morning at one of those spacious tables or broad counter and forked into generous portions of food.

Eggs over easy, a rectangle of has browns with a twist of orange. The toast is on a separate plate.


Half-order of crab Benedict -- poached egg, outstanding Alaskan jug crab cake, lovely Hollandaise and green onion atop an English muffin, well toasted, as requested. Hash browns and orange on the side,

Price check: Eggs, omelets and Benedicts, $6.95-$14.95; French toast and pancakes, $7.95-9.95; oatmal, fruit, granola, etc., $5.95-$8.95; baked goodsm $2-$4.95. They also serve lunch; sandwiches including salad, soup or Alaska Thunder Chips, $7.95-$12.95.

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