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The top 5 trending foodie restaurants in Anchorage, Alaska

What’s one thing all good cities have in common? Good food, of course! Anchorage, Alaska is no exception. With world class seafood, unique delicacies like wild game meat and a robust community of culinary talent, Anchorage is seeing a boom of haute cuisine.

Here are five popular restaurants in Anchorage serving up some of Alaska’s finest cuisine:

The Rustic Goat

Housemade braided pretzels with candied jalapeño cheese sauce and smoked paprika – at Rustic Goat

Comfort food with a modern twist in a place that warms” is an apt description for this beautiful eatery with “industrial chic” atmosphere in Midtown Anchorage.

As for the Alaska-style comfort food, try the Smoked Salmon Tater Tots, Bison Sliders, Skewers with grilled reindeer sausage, Rustic Goat Smores and Not Your Father’s Rooter Float.

Hours: 6am – 10pm Monday-Thursday, 6am – 11pm Friday, 7am – 11pm Saturday, 7am – 10pm Sunday
Address: 2800 Turnagain Street Anchorage, Alaska 99517
Phone: 907-334-8100
Website: http://www.rusticgoatak.com/
Yelpers say: “This place has the Seattle and San Francisco vibe. Farm to table and nice atmosphere. Very clean, second floor with great lighting from natural sunlight.”

Haute Quarter Grill

Alaskan King Crab at Haute Quarter Grill

Come here when you’re in downtown Anchorage — perhaps after some business or on your way to a show or to hop on the Alaska Railroad. You’ll find delicious contemporary American cuisine featuring fresh Alaskan produce and seafood, and a full bar.

The menu impresses, too: raw Alaskan Oysters with strawberry cucumber and ginger mignonette, beer battered Halibut Chunks, Alaska Seafood Jambalaya, Blackened Halibut Caesar Salad and of course Alaskan King Crab Legs.

Hours: 5-9pm Tue-Thu, 5-10:30pm Fri and Sat
Address: 525 W. 4th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-622-4745
Website: http://www.hautequartergrill.com/
Yelpers say: “This was a diamond in the rough as other restaurants were recommended thru travel guides and websites. I would tell anyone coming to Anchorage to put this on their must do list.”

49th State Brewing Company

Cheers! from the patio of the 49th State Brewing Company

Formerly known as the “Snow Goose,” this long-established downtown restaurant brewery has bragging rights to some of the best views of Cook Inlet, Mount Susitna and — on a clear day — Denali. You can also come by for the year round live music and good times with the locals.

The food is creative and distinctly Alaskan: Yak-a-dilla (that’s right, a yak quesadilla), Parmesan & Asiago Crusted Halibut, Grilled Alaska King Salmon, Elk Meatballs, Buffalo Chili, stone-fired pizzas and of course — fresh Alaskan beer!

Hours: (Every day) Lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 4pm-11pm, Late-Night 11pm-1am, Bar Open Late
Address: 717 West 3rd Ave Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: 907-277-7727
Website: https://www.49statebrewing.com
Yelpers say: “The back of the restaurant overlooks the ocean and you can see the Sleeping Lady. I loved pretty much everything about the patio. Nice ambiance with the patio heaters, lanterns, fireplace and tables.”

South Restaurant + Coffeehouse

Fresh Alaskan scallops at South

South is nestled in a new shopping area in South Anchorage, right near the railroad tracks. The ambience is classy and trendy with a subtle touch of rustic Alaska. Grab a fancy craft cocktail at the bar as you wait for your table (there is outdoor seating in the summer) or opt for some tasty snacks in the coffeeshop. There’s also brunch.

The menus are extensive. You can choose from Bruch, Lunch, Dinner, Tapas, Bar and Coffeehouse. Some favorite dishes include French Onion Soup, Vodka Battered Fish and Chips, Seared AK Salmon, Sopa De Mar, Kale Caesar, Gambas and the Sitka Rose (a gin cocktail with spruce tips and rose petals).

Hours: 9am – 9pm Mon and Tue, 9am – 10pm Wed and Thu, 9am – 11pm Fri, 8am – 11pm Sat, 8am – 9pm Sun
Address: 11124 Old Seward Hwy Anchorage, AK 99515
Phone: 907-770-9200
Website: http://southak.com/
Yelpers say: “The food has flavor, no doubt. The cocktails are amazing and the ambiance works. There’s harmony in this place and it is probably the most modern design in town and simultaneously relaxing.”

Ginger

Me Krob from Ginger

If you’re going for quiet, quaint and classy — grab a seat at and enjoy the Pacific Rim cuisine at Ginger in downtown Anchorage. If the dining area is full, the bar and lounge is a beautiful place to sit and chat with fellow diners.

Hungry? Try the Crab Cakes, Alaskan Baked Sea Scallops “Mac & Cheese,” Mango-Teriyaki Alaskan Tofu, Strawberry Chili Salad and Tuna Poke Wonton Tacos.

Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2pm Mon – Fri, Bruch 11am – 2:30pm Sat and Sun, Dinner 5pm – 10pm every day
Address: 425 W. 5th Avenue Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: 907-929-3680
Website: http://gingeralaska.com/
Yelpers say: “Rockfish. The best I’ve ever had. Their service is friendly and NOT stuffy. Comfy place to visit in dirty blue jeans to a three piece suit.”

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