Seawolf alumnus fresh on culinary scene

The Downtown Grill pays homage to its UAA roots by offering a 10 percent discount to all Seawolves. Photo courtesy of Downtown Grill.

The Downtown Grill pays homage to its UAA roots by offering a 10 percent discount to all Seawolves. Photo courtesy of Downtown Grill.

Various news outlets across Anchorage have painted their headlines with rave reviews about the Downtown Grill, a restaurant hot on the scene.

“Oh my gosh, those are good — yummy!” Maria Downey, an anchor for KTUU said in a quote about DT Grill’s beignets.

Riza Brown, Anchorage Daily News correspondent, dubbed the restaurant as “Southern flair, excellent fare.”

Yet, not one of the features has mentioned that the owner, Logan Stanley is a proud UAA alumnus.

Through his successes, Stanley, who opened the restaurant less than a year ago, still remembers to pay homage to his Seawolf roots while staying humble.

“I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t a standout student in the culinary arts program,” Stanley said, “but I never gave up on it, and I’m here right now.”

Stanley graduated in 2010 with an associate degree in culinary arts and dived right into business.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Grill.

Photo courtesy of Downtown Grill.

He was careful not to exclude anyone as a particular mentor in the UAA culinary arts program, and said that every professor and chef had a hand in sculpting him into the chef he is today.

Stanley adds what he calls “tender love (sic) and care” delicately to each item on the menu, adding his own flair — a mix of southern spice mixed in with a sweet and savory touch. He smokes his own beef brisket and pork loin, favorites among customers. He makes his own house bread, a moist cheddar jalapeño bread drenched in syrupy caramel-colored honey butter sauce.

Logan Stanley, owner and chef of Downtown Grill,  says he creates his signature dishes with integrity and quality to make guests feel like they are eating something special. Photo courtesy of Downtown Grill.

Logan Stanley, owner and chef of Downtown Grill, says he creates his signature dishes with integrity and quality to make guests feel like they are eating something special. Photo courtesy of Downtown Grill.

“Logan makes many items on the menus by hand. He has a knack that visitors love,” said Lindsay Janda, DT Grill floor manager.

Stanley has the advantage of being a third generation chef — his grandmother owned a diner and his father was an owner of a “burger joint.” The background helped shape his vision.

Customers at the DT Grill said they were surprised to find a hidden gem, because it is sandwiched between a car dealership and a local gym in Fairview and could easily be missed.

Stanley said the restaurant will be celebrating its one-year anniversary this coming March, an endeavor he called a “roller coaster ride that mostly goes up.”

“This is inspiration for all the young UAA students out there who are trying to follow what they want to be — never give up,” Stanley said.

 

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