The city may have tight laws restricting what bars and restaurants can offer in terms of drink specials, but food is a whole another story: That’s limited only by the imaginations of local chefs.
Appetizers specials are a great way to sample a restaurant's offerings, says Kinley's Restaurant & Bar manager Marty Kimball.
Here are a few of our favorites:
Hott Stixx is, like many Anchorage gems, tucked into an unassuming strip mall along with a dollar store and dry cleaners. But inside, you’ll find lovingly-prepared world fusion food that has garnered a local clientele of regulars.
Hott Stixx offers half-off appetizers like walnut tiger prawns, which are flash-fried and tossed in honey aioli with toasted walnuts. The result is something that tastes almost candy-like, says co-owner John Yee. There’s also a dim sum sampler with pillow-y hand-made Chinese pork dumplings, plus pork belly “laughing buns.” The buns are so-named because they force your face into a broad smile – through sheer deliciousness – as you eat them.
Hott Stixx offers half-priced appetizers every night after 10 pm.
Address: 1921 W. Dimond Blvd., Suite 106
Kinley’s Restaurant, in midtown, has earned a reputation for cuisine that manages to be both earthy -- think bone marrow, pork belly and duck eggs -- and innovative, while making the most of local ingredredients.
The most popular appetizers include the addictive ahi tuna tacos – fried wonton, ahi tartare, wasabi aioli, shredded Napa cabbage and sesame vinaigrette. Also in demand: calamari that's pan-cooked instead of fried, with a creamy herb beurre blanc sauce. A newly re-imagined crab cake that features shredded pork and smoked tomato aioli has been garnering rave reviews, too.
Kinley’s offers half-price appetizers from 4-6 pm Tuesday-Friday, 5-6 pm Monday and Saturday, in the bar area only.
Address: 3230 Seward Hwy.
Since taking over the former Hogg Brothers Café location, Spenard Roadhouse has become a destination for comfort food lovers and bourbon aficionados. But, as any Roadhouse regular can tell you, their appetizer menu is just as diverse as their selection of spirits.
With choices ranging from spicy Thai chicken curry to the ever-rotating bacon of the month, the Roadhouse appetizer menu will have you asking the server for more time to decide.
But one dish stands out from the pack. Spenard Roadhouse’s most popular app, the super tots, is the stuff of legends. A pile of tater tots, made in house, topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream and green onions.
Spenard Roadhouse has discount appetizers from 3-6 pm Monday through Friday and after 9 pm seven days a week.
Address: 1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd.