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Lunchbox: Red Chair Cafe

Lunchbox: Red Chair Cafe

I try to review restaurants all over the city, but I’m naturally drawn to Downtown in the summer -- no other part of Anchorage wakes up more dynamically for the season, as my latest stop so clearly demonstrates.

Lunchbox: Bar-B-Q Pit

Lunchbox: Bar-B-Q Pit

Alongside food trucks, one of the quintessential flavors of summer is that of slow-roasted barbecue -- the kind many of us don’t have time to make. That’s why a recent stop in South Anchorage caught my eye.

Lunchbox: South

Lunchbox: South

Anchorage’s summer hasn’t seen too many new restaurants so far, but a new eatery off O’Malley Road has opened the season -- in much the same exciting fashion that “Mad Max: Fury Road” opened this summer’s movie season.

Lunchbox: Mon Cherie

Lunchbox: Mon Cherie

Sometimes there are too many new seasonal restaurants opening at a time to review everything before they close up for the winter. That was the case last year, and I’ve had one stop on my summer hit list ever since.

Lunchbox: Falafel King

Lunchbox: Falafel King

Summer is the right time of year to be running a walk-up restaurant in Anchorage, and several of them are concentrated in the Fairview area. I recently pulled into one on a weekend drive through the neighborhood.

Lunchbox: Boom Ba Laddy’s

Lunchbox: Boom Ba Laddy’s

If spring is when a young man’s thoughts turn to love, then summer is when a food reviewer’s turn to trucks -- potentially among Anchorage’s best lunch values, as I discovered when one of them stopped Downtown.

Lunchbox: Marketplace Cafe

Lunchbox: Marketplace Cafe

As summer crowds return to the streets of Anchorage, I’ve been out and about Downtown as well. A detour through a department store gave me an idea for a lunch date, which I returned to fully appreciate.

Lunchbox: Sizzlin' Cafe

Lunchbox: Sizzlin' Cafe

As Anchorage grows, a number of Downtown restaurants are moving beyond the area’s traditional walking center. A recent nostalgic mention of one such transplanted eatery made me curious about its new digs.

Lunchbox: Brickhouse Asian Grill

Lunchbox: Brickhouse Asian Grill

Spenard is one of Anchorage’s best bets for restaurants, not only because of what’s already there but also because of its high turnover. Soon after my stop at Café AK, I noticed another new eatery in the neighborhood.

Lunchbox: Grace’s Cafe

Lunchbox: Grace’s Cafe

Before I joined Channel 2, I worked at a small publishing company along International Airport Road with relatively few nearby restaurants. Hearing of a new eatery in the area, I couldn’t help but stop by.

Lunchbox: Jens' Restaurant

Lunchbox: Jens' Restaurant

I often tend to omit Anchorage’s fancier restaurants from my reviews, simply because many of them don’t have lunch hours -- but I was only too happy to take political reporter Austin Baird up on a recent recommendation.

Lunchbox: Cafe AK

Lunchbox: Cafe AK

Spenard’s culinary scene is hopping these days, from food trucks to dessert shops. New full-blown restaurants are a rarity even for this walking area of town, though, and I wanted to savor its latest establishment firsthand.

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