Category: Anchorage Food Quest

November 29, 2015 Samantha Davenport

In the search to find the best chicken fried steak in Anchorage, Victoria and I realized that there are, quite possibly, too many breakfast joints. In our attempts, we tried to pick a variety of restaurants that are cheap and close to UAA, but most importantly, delicious. Note: Neither Victoria or I are a fan…

July 22, 2014 TNL Staff

House of Bread – $4.75 for a cup, $6.25 for a bowl, $8.25 for bread bowl House of Bread’s delicious clam chowder will have you saying, “Mmm, mmm, good.” This clam chowder comes with your choice of any of their fresh homemade bread as well. The soup is very creamy with a good ratio of…

August 6, 2012 Heather Hamilton

With Nita Mauigoa, Staff Writer Nothing beats a batch of freshly baked cookies; there’s just something homey and comforting about them that appeals to kids and adults alike. That’s why the final installment of Anchorage Food Quest sought to find the best local peanut butter cookies. The peanut butter cookies we sampled had lots of…

July 24, 2012 Heather Hamilton

With Chelsea Dennis Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and what better way to treat yourself than to get a nice, filling omelet? TNL scoured five local restaurants in search of the best Denver-like omelet in town for our latest edition of Anchorage Food Quest; all omelets included peppers, onions and cheese,…

July 10, 2012 Heather Hamilton

With Vicente Capala, Multimedia Editor Anchorage Food Quest has investigated some rather specialized foods in the past, but none so far have been as uniquely Alaskan as a salmon salad. Salmon salad sounds like something fairly easy to come by, but as TNL discovered on our search, it actually isn’t as common as it seems,…

June 12, 2012 Heather Hamilton

With Nick Foote, Layout Editor Anchorage is a melting pot of cultures, especially where food is concerned. There’s everything from Italian to Thai and classic American to Indian, and this week, The Northern Light checked out Mexican food. Anchorage Food Quest part two features local chicken burritos. Burritos sound easy to make — and they…

May 30, 2012 Heather Hamilton

With Evan Dodd Last summer, The Northern Light sampled an array of local foods in search of Anchorage’s best of the best, and now we’re at it again. This year, we’ll be reviewing and all new foods in search of more local treasures. In the first edition of “Anchorage Food Quest 2012,” we explored and…

May 30, 2012 Heather Hamilton

Something about the Amaretto Sour just sounds like a bad idea waiting to happen — it might be the fact that you’re combining sweet and sour mix with almond-flavored alcohol — but it’s actually a fantastic and refreshing cocktail.

To make this easy recipe, toss a few ice cubes into a shaker and combine a shot of the amaretto with three shots of the mixer, shake like crazy, and then strain into a short glass. Cherries and lemon slices make for excellent garnish options.

The only thing you’ll really smell in the cocktail is a general lightness, nonspecific to a particular citrus fruit, but refreshing nonetheless. The tip is initially the same, but within half a second, you taste an interesting combination of sweet and bitterness, which is the “sweet” part of the sweet and sour mixing with the amaretto. As the sip travels along the tongue, the sweetness turns to a light sourness, which compliments the bitterness of the amaretto instead of butting heads with it. There is no sting at the back of the throat afterwards, either; it’s smooth, but has a slight tingle left by the sour flavor. The entire drink, no matter how many sips you take, is the same. Despite the odd combination of ingredients, it tastes light and fresh rather than overly bitter and sour.

The only downside to this is how weighty it feels; the sweet and sour mixer is a little thick and syrupy, so it makes the overall drink the same due to the ingredient ratio. So, while the drink tastes light and breezy, it feels a little bogged down.

August 23, 2011 Heather Hamilton

Anchorage has a lot to offer in the way of local restaurants. From burger stops and Chinese restaurants to organic cafes and bakeries, there isn’t much that Anchorage doesn’t offer. TNL visited and ordered food from various locations around town in search of the best of the best.

August 9, 2011 Heather Hamilton

For many, birthday parties and celebrations are among the greatest joys of growing up. The expectation of ingesting copious amounts of sugary treats usually puts a smile on kids’ faces.

July 26, 2011 Heather Hamilton

With Shana Roberson The Northern Light’s “Anchorage Food Quest” has moved on to breakfast foods in this installment of the six-part series. Five local joints had their breakfast platters put to the test; each dish sampled included scrambled eggs, bacon and a side dish, other egg options and meat options are available for each dish…

July 12, 2011 Heather Hamilton

In this edition of The Northern Light’s “Anchorage Food Quest” summer special, TNL decided to focus on something typically high on most college students’ quick-food list: Chinese. Mongolian beef is an option found at most all Chinese restaurants in town, so with that as a common denominator, we wanted to see how five spots frequented by students compared.

Restaurants reviewed include: •Mongolian BBQ •Northern China •Carrs Grocery •Panda Restaurant •New Sagaya.

June 28, 2011 Heather Hamilton

Tofu doesn’t have the best rep. in the meat lovers community, and even in the vegetarian community it has a hit-or-miss sort of stigma attached to it. However, tofu is one of the most widely used meat substitutes used in vegetarian or vegan dishes.

Each dish sampled was either vegan, or can be made vegan friendly.

Restaurants reviewed include: •Organic Oasis •Snow City Cafe •Bear Tooth •Spenard Roadhouse •Middle Way Cafe.

June 14, 2011 Heather Hamilton

Food. It is necessary for survival, a representation of culture and often a focal point at gatherings of friends and family. It is a central part of life. And The Northern Light wants to know where the best college-friendly food in town is. In this six part series, TNL will explore some of the best…

May 31, 2011 Heather Hamilton

Food. It is necessary for survival, a representation of culture and often a focal point in gatherings of friends and family. It is a central part of life.

And The Northern Light wants to know where the best college-friendly food in town is. In this six part series, TNL will explore some of the best food from locally-owned restaurants that we can find, and rate it based on price, quality and distance from campus. Part 1: Best Burger