Fun then feast

by • May 21, 2014 • ApresComments (0)1014

New restaurants will fuel your summer adventures

You’re out enjoying another day in Alaska, and suddenly it hits you: that grumbling, rumbling longing for a delicious, filling meal. In the last year, Anchorage’s culinary scene has cooked up some new spots. Plan a new adventure, or celebrate one you just finished. Guaranteed you’ll add back a few of the calories you just burned at one of these three newcomers.
Haute Quarter Grill made the move to Anchorage. The longtime Eagle River haunt wasn’t just transplanted. The new location looks fantastic. Former incarnations of the building along Fourth Avenue are hard to imagine amid all the warm woods and stonework. But enough about the interior; the menu is primed for dinner dates. New York pepper steak, roast duck, coconut prawns and a whole host of luxurious sounding steak, fish and fowl entrees make this a great place for a night on the town.
Anchorage certainly doesn’t lack in the pizza department, but Flattop Pizza & Pool takes the name of Anchorage’s most popular hike and puts a little English on it. Their spin on the pizzeria takes place on four felted, slate-top pool tables rented by

Yum, yum, there’s nothing like a freshly grilled steak, like this one at Haute Quarter Grill’s new downtown restaurant. JODYO PHOTOGRAPHY

Yum, yum, there’s nothing like a freshly grilled steak, like this one at Haute Quarter Grill’s new
downtown restaurant. JODYO PHOTOGRAPHY

the hour. But there’s just as much to entertain on the dinner table as well. Pepperoni rolls and big salads compliment specialty pizzas like the meat-tacular Powerline Pass or much healthier-sounding Trailhead, made with hummus and roasted vegetables. You can also build your own classic or deep-dish pie from five cheeses, eight meats and 16 veggies. My calculator started smoking as I tried to figure out the possible pizza permutations. The ice cream sandwich is worth a look as well. This isn’t your standard store bought treat; it’s rich vanilla ice cream smooshed between two honest-to-goodness brownies.

Fat Ptarmigan has been serving up crispy pizzas for a few months now, though the warmer weather won’t diminish the appeal of the wood-fired pizza oven at the heart of the restaurant. Homegrown chef Guy Conley helms this startup. The pies range from a simple but delicious margherita pizza to more adventurous options like duck or broccoli raab. Each incorporates

house-made mozzarella, a selling point in itself. Even the space itself is award winning, netting a Heart of Anchorage award for design in recent months. And Fat Ptarmigan is eye-opening for more than just aesthetic reasons; they also serve Steam Dot coffee in the morning.
If you haven’t eaten out in a while, trust me, you’ll run out of appetite long before you run out of new restaurants to try. With Rustic Goat, Killjoy and Hard Rock each opening their doors, the smorgasbord of new dining seems endless.

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