New Restaurants in Anchorage

Two interesting eateries in Alaska’s main city.

Anchorage-logoAlaska continues to fascinate me, as do interesting restaurants. So even though I’m in Europe right now, I want to share news of two new restaurants in Alaska’s largest city.

The owners of local Anchorage favorites (Snow City Café, Spenard Roadhouse and Sacks Café) expanded their restaurants to include recently opened South. The restaurant and coffeehouse serves brunch, lunch and dinner throughout the week with an eclectic menu that features a host of small plates and shareable items. The full in-house bar showcases local beers and specializes in gin-based cocktails. During the summer. there’s the back patio seating — and everyone who has ever visited Alaska knows how precious summer is.  When I was last in Anchorage four long years ago, I really enjoyed breakfast at the Snow City Café, and more recently, President Obama visited there too.

Willawaw.jpg.A new downtown at Anchorage restaurant, bar and concert venue is Williwaw, housed in a building that once served as Anchorage’s first YMCA and later as the Covenant House for homeless and troubled youth. If walls could talk. Actually, there might not be too many old walls left, since the completely remodeled venue houses a coffee shop, restaurant, concert space, rooftop bar/deck and a resurrected classic Anchorage hangout. It has been opening in parts, with the rooftop deck the first space to open and quickly drew sun seekers searching for a cocktail or beer. The coffee shop, a new location of local roaster SteamDot Coffee Company, serves coffee and pastries morning to afternoon. The upstairs space, modeled after Blues Central, a former Anchorage bar and concert venue, is back as a speakeasy-style lounge area. The main dining room doubles as a concert venue.  It is part of the Humpy’s Great Alaskan Ale House group.