Today we’re focusing on casual dining in Anchorage, Alaska.  These are places to get a great meal at a good price without dressing up.  Our palate is rather unconventional, we seek out real foods with bold flavors.

Unless it’s out of desperation you won’t find us eating typical fast food.  It’s difficult to put this list into any order because the flavor profile of our favorites is so broad.

Our Top 5: Casual Dining Restaurants in Anchorage

You can find coupons for these places and many more in the Northern Lights Coupon Book.

  • Long Branch Saloon:  I can’t say enough about this dark dive bar (smoke-free!), they make some of the best hamburgers I’ve ever tasted.  The reason for such a bold statement is because of the care and preparation that goes into making them.  Imagine a burger with a fresh ground patty on a homemade bun served with fresh potato french fries.  My mouth is watering just typing this.  You’re also hard pressed to find a better breakfast in Anchorage.  In keeping with their homemade theme their Eggs Benny is epic and Sourdough French Toast is uniquely wonderful.  Coupons Available!
Long Branch Burger Courtesy of Tara Young
Long Branch Burger (Courtesy of Tara Young)

1737 East Dimond Blvd.  Anchorage, AK 99507

RV Access: Good, their back lot is decent sized and it’s located near an industrial area with street parking.   

  • Yak & Yeti Himalayan Restaurant:  The name says it all, amazing cuisine from India, Tibet, & Nepal.  Two locations, one is a little cafe and the other a sit down restaurant, both conveniently located in mid-town Anchorage.  Every time we come here we try something different and we always leave completely satisfied.  They also have a broad selection of vegetarian dishes with flavors so bold and filling that you don’t miss the meat.
Photo courtesy of Urban Spoon
Photo courtesy of Urban Spoon

Restaurant: 3301 Spenard Rd.  Anchorage, AK 99503

Cafe:  1360 West Northern Lights.  Anchorage, AK 99503

RV Access:  The Cafe is located in a strip mall and has a decent access for a smaller rig.  The Restaurant does not have good access for big rigs but if you have a tow vehicle or take a cab, it is very convenient. 

  • Thai Village: An old Pizza Hut building has been turned into one of the most amazing Thai restaurants this side of Chiang Mai.  This comes from Rebecca who lived in Thailand during college.  With a Northern Thailand flair their Pad Thai is amazing but don’t cheat yourself out of an amazing experience, try some of their other amazing dishes. We are big fans of Larb made of minced meat served with lettuce to wrap.  We were so inspired by their larb that we’ve started making our own at home with ground caribou.
Photo courtesy of Urban Spoon
Photo courtesy of Urban Spoon

954 Muldoon Rd.  Anchorage, AK 99504

RV Access:  Don’t pull into their lot with your big rig and trailer but if you have a small RV and the lot is empty you might make it work.  If you are all hooked up and need room to park you can park in the Fred Meyers lot just down the road and walk there.  

  • The Gumbo House:  A little piece of New Orleans in the Subarctic.  This was another great find from the coupon book.  We are always completely satisfied when we eat here.  The jambalaya is authentic, the po boys make an awesome lunch, and we love their corn muffins.  The ribs are Rebecca’s favorite!  You won’t be disappointed.
Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor
Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

611 West 9th Ave.  Anchorage, AK 99501

RV Access:  Located on the edge of downtown Anchorage, it does not have the best RV access.  There’s metered off street parking and pay parking lots nearby that you might be able to get an RV into if you’re lucky.  

  • Snow City Cafe:  Breakfast and lunch is the name of the game here and they do it really well.  Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage they use fresh and local ingredients (when possible).  Consistently voted Anchorage’s best breakfasts.  A new location in South Anchorage will be opening in the Spring of 2015, adding to the list of reasons to dine here.  Coupons Available!   
Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor
Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor

1034 West 4th Ave.  Anchorage, AK 99501

RV Access: Since it’s in the heart of downtown I would never drive my rig to eat here but I wouldn’t have a problem paying for a taxi.   If you have a truck or tow vehicle you can find pay lots and metered street parking near by.  The new location on the corner of Old Seward Highway and O’Malley will be far more easy to access with your RV and is right across the street from our favorite RV FRIENDLY Gas/Propane/Water/Dump Station; Holiday Station 602.

Honorable Mentions

  • Moose’s Tooth: A popular spot for locals and tourists.  Great pizzas, pub food, and beer!
  • Wee B’s Burgers:  Another great burger spot that makes their own fries, buns, and grinds their own meat.  You can even order wild game burgers here.  It’s also conveniently located off the Seward Highway and has fair RV parking.
  • Costco Pizza:  This is one of my guilty indulgences.  A decent pizza at a great price.  There are two Costcos in Anchorage, one conveniently located on each end of town, since there are only two directions out of Anchorage, North and South.

We hope you enjoy trying some of these restaurants.  If you have any suggestions we would love to hear about them in the comments section!

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