Elegant atmosphere, fine food and jaw-dropping views
Two years ago, I was in Anchorage on a research trip that happened to coincide with the ceremonial start of the 39th Iditarod, an epic dogsled race more more than 1,000 mile to Nome. I stayed a few extra days on a non-ski-related writing project, and a young woman who gave me a tour of some of the city’s meeting and convention facilities invited me to dinner at the splendid Crow’s Nest atop The Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage’s finest.
This elegant aerie atop one of the hotel’s three towers is suitable for business travelers on an expensive account, extremely well-heeled tourists and as a special occasion restaurant. Think landmark birthday, anniversary or proposal. My hostess and did not over-indulge. At this point, I can’t recall exactly what each dish was, and I certainly can’t find the menu now. But I do know that we ate lightly but well, watching the sunset play against Chugach Range that forms such a magnificent backdrop to the city. Below, Fourth Avenue, where the Iditarod ceremonial start and the annual Running of the Reindeer had taken place, had been plowed and normal traffic was moving again.oas
Even though the passage of two years and many meals has blurred my memory of what we ate, I remember sitting in the refined elegance of the Crow’s Nest, thinking of the mushers and their dogs making their way across Alaska toward Nome. And I think of this year’s teams too. Someday again, I’d like to be in Anchorage again for the start and also in Nome to watch the teams finish under the famous burled arch.
Price check: Starters, $15-$16; salads and soups, $12-$14; entrés, $38-$52.