Anchorage’s long summer days seem to have increasingly been falling during the work week this summer, with the sun peeking out from behind the clouds on a Monday -- which can leave a reviewer longing for a siesta.
Lunchbox has been on hiatus lately due to a dense news cycle and summer vacations here at Channel 2, but it certainly hasn’t been forgotten -- and neither has its latest stop, a small sandwich shop Downtown.
Most people visit the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport with a destination far Outside in mind -- but I recently stopped by one of the airport’s quieter stretches for an entirely different kind of excursion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.