ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Aug. 26, 2009 ? Anchorage, Alaska, holds its own in its variety and number of quality eating establishments. Local chefs are respected ?fellows” in the American Academy of Chefs and the city has a chapter of the famed ?foodie” group, Chaine des Rotisseurs ? the international gastronomic association dedicated to bringing together both professional and non-professional members who appreciate and share a mutual interest in cuisine, wine and fine dining. Anchorage residents and visitors to Alaska enjoy a wide range of restaurants from urban funk to Asian inspired and fine dining with views to die for to neighborhood bistros and pubs. New on the Anchorage dining scene this year are the following:
This lively, neighborhood eatery is known for its contemporary comfort food, house-made sauces and dressings, as well as its well-stocked bar featuring custom, house-infused vodkas and small-batch bourbons.
A joint venture between several long-time powerhouse Anchorage restaurant owners (Snow City Caf? and Sack?s Caf?), Spenard Roadhouse starts out with an already-proven management strategy, and an emphasis on creative, fresh food preparations. Menu items include grilled kalbi ribs with mint pesto and yellow curry, roasted veggie quesadillas with sweet potato gratin, and fresh halibut ensalada, with avocado puree and pico de gallo. This month?s appetizer is a bacon-wrapped apricot with a maple-bourbon dipping sauce.
The restaurant has a ?Live and Local” program featuring live, local acoustic music with no cover charge. Check the Web site for scheduled bands. Enjoy this month?s bourbon tasting class at just $25 per person: sample five bourbons, plus several palate cleansing appetizers and desserts. Classes offered monthly.
Located at 1049 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Spenard Roadhouse is open 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., seven days a week. The restaurant recently added a patio and new landscaping in addition to continuing to develop its lunch and dinner menus, bourbon club programs and live music. Reservations accepted for parties of eight or more at (907) 770-7623.
Contact: Joann Asher, manager, (907) 770-7623, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.spenardroadhouse.com
This hip new eatery is located inside the recently expanded Anchorage Museum, at 625 C St. in downtown Anchorage. Offering contemporary cuisine featuring Alaska seafood and local produce, lunch and dinner menu items are infused with an Asian or European flair. Muse has an elegant, modern feel, but maintains a casual atmosphere, welcoming walk-ins and the after-work crowd for martinis and appetizers. ?Amuse” menu items include ahi nachos, and tea-smoked duck spring rolls with plum sauce. Entrees include a broiled pork chop, and golden seared scallops. Lunch favorites are the smoked salmon BLT with fresh cut sweet potato fries, or a blackened salmon salad. Meals are served inside, or can be enjoyed on the outdoor patio with views of the museum?s new ?urban birch forest,” a two-acre created space, part of the museum?s continued expansion. Museum members benefit from a ten percent discount at the restaurant.
Operated by The Marx Bros, recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award in 2008, Muse is open 11 a.m. ? 3 p.m. Sunday ? Tuesday, 11 a.m. ? 6 p.m. Wednesday ? Saturday, and 11 a.m. ? 9 p.m. Thursdays and First Fridays. To make reservations, call (907) 929-9211.
Contact: Jack Amon, Co-Owner, (907) 929-9213, catering@MarxCafe.com, http://www.anchoragemuseum.org
Dish Sushi Bar & Japanese Restaurant
Dish Sushi Bar and Restaurant puts a contemporary spin on the classic sushi restaurant, combining sushi, sashimi and Asian cuisine, using hand-selected, fresh fish and fresh local produce, when available. Dish also serves cooked preparations including the classic steamed gyoza, and a variety of teriyaki, tempura and noodle dishes. The restaurant features a sushi bar, full Saki bar, a lounge area and access to private dining rooms. Located on 639 W. International Airport Road, about ten minutes from downtown Anchorage, Dish is open 11 a.m. ? 10 p.m. Monday ?Thursday, 11 a.m. ? 11 p.m. Friday, 4 ? 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 -10 p.m. Sunday. Reservations can be made by calling (907) 562-1275.
Contact: Julia Vea, advertising account executive, (907) 677-2950, email@example.com, http://www.dishsushibar.com
Pi Kitchen + Bar
Located inside the new midtown Embassy Suites, Pi Kitchen + Bar features global fusion cuisine ranging from Asian and American dishes to South and Mediterranean inspired foods, along with an eclectic wine list, specialty cocktails and regionally brewed beers. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and offers a special brunch menu.
Lunch consists of soups, salads and sandwiches, plus a variety of pasta dishes. Featured on the dinner menu are the island tacos made with ahi tuna, Asian slaw and wasabi cream, Pi fish and chips made from fresh halibut chunks and served with sweet potato fries, or the crab macaroni and cheese, a delicious twist on a childhood classic. Pi Kitchen + Bar serves weekly specials, including thai coconut shrimp skewers and fresh, world-famous Copper River red salmon. The restaurant features fresh Alaska seafood throughout the summer season.? Embassy Suites is located at 600 E. Benson Blvd.. Call (907) 322-7000 to make reservations.
Contact: Leah Johnson, senior sales manager, Embassy Suites, (907) 332-7000, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.pikitchenak.com
The Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau?s (ACVB) mission is to attract and serve visitors to the Municipality of Anchorage as a Destination Marketing Organization (DMO). ACVB?s marketing functions are funded by one-third of the bed tax collected by lodging associations. One-third goes to the Municipality?s general fund, a contribution established in 1978, and one-third to service the bond debt and operations of the Anchorage Convention Centers. ACVB receives no state or federal funds. Explore www.Anchorage.net for more information.