ANCHORAGE (KTUU) — On Friday afternoon, Cynthia Ahwinona was at her regular table at Spenard Roadhouse. She couldn't decide between the flank steak or a salad.
"The food is consistent, it's fresh, they have great soups everyday, great salads," Ahwinona said.
She sipped a cosmopolitan, happy to be back at the restaurant she eats at about three times a week. She says she's ready to get back to normal after last week's magnitude 7.0 earthquake.
"I was in a familiar place and it was like, 'Oh I'm here,'" Ahwinona said.
The stories about where you were and how the earthquake impacted your life has been the hot topic in Anchorage. Everyone seems eager to tell the tale of how the earthquake affected their life.
"I've worked almost every shift since the earthquake and that's about all I hear when I'm passing tables," Hostess Rachel Richardson said.
"Everybody has a story, and I think it's good to talk about it," Noelle Deschamps, the manager at Roadhouse said.
People are also talking about what they can do better during the next quake.
Deschamps says she has to remember to duck and cover. Pastry chef Josh Houx says he has to find a way to keep the wine bottles and glasses from smashing. Ahwinona, who was also in Washington D.C. during the 9/11 terror attacks, says she wants to remind people to keep their gas tanks full.
"I told my friend Jeff, I said 'full tank of gas in my car everyday,'" Ahwinona said.
Roadhouse, famous for its bacon and tater tots, says business has been very busy since the quake. The tater tots might have something to do with that.
"I feel like people are eating a lot of comfort food, and we definitely have some of that here," Deschamps said.