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Just returned from four days in Anchorage. I stayed downtown, but had a car so I was all over. Before heading out I checked Chowhound for Anchorage selections. Wanted to add my $0.02:
First night got in and headed to Humpy's for a couple of beers. Heard from a coworker that they had good food as well, but the kitchen had closed by the time I got there (midnight). Enjoyed the beers and it seemed like locals and/or college students were there enjoying the live music.
Next day drove around town. Stopped by one of the many drive-thru coffee shacks along 5th Ave/Glenn Hwy. Obviously better than Starbucks, and v. convenient. Had a late lunch at the Lucky Wishbone. Fantastic chicken, coated in a buttermilk batter and "air" friend. It's what it says on the menu... Definitely a local fave, didn't see too many tourons in there. Saw folks eating burgers and sandwiches, they looked good too, but I came for the chicken. Chicken baskets come with fries. Not the best fries, but decent. I would get the homemade onion rings instead.
Had dinner one of the nights at Club Paris. This is one of the better steaks I've ever had. Raised in the Midwest, I've had more than my fair share of Filet Mignon, but in the past five years have lapsed to only eating it occasionally. Had my first taste of beef in more than six months. It was worth the beef chit. Thick filet cooked to a perfect medium rare and served sizzling on the metal and wood platter. The ambiance is that of an old-school restaurant/bar without the smoke. A great place for a great steak. Also a great wine menu and a knowledgeable bartender
Another dinner location I tried was the Bear Tooth Inn. Very crowded for a Sunday night and I could tell why by the food. Great smoked corn vinaigrette over a salad of romaine, tomato and avocado. Lots of avocado and perfectly ripe. Next time I would've ordered that as the main course and put a grilled chicken or halibut on top. I also had the bacon-cheese burger. The burger meat is antibiotic, hormone, etc... free, which is good if you're into that sort of thing. Good beers brewed at the sister restaurant, Moose Tooth.
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