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Louie’s Restaurant: An old-Alaska eatery

47 Spur View Drive Kenai, AK 907-283-3660 or 800-777-3650 Uptownmotel.com By Scott Banks Anchorage Daily Planet Food Writer Louie’s Restaurant is attached to the Uptown Motel in Kenai and features more dead animals on its walls than a natural history museum, each specimen draped with more dust than a haunted mansion. I counted ptarmigan, polar […]

Lahn Pad Thai

Lahn Pad Thai 2101 Abbott Road #7 (907) 272-8424 By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy One theory on restaurant success is that if a restaurant survives in a strip mall, then it must serve good food. Think about Jens, Villa Nova or Campobella Bistro in western midtown. It’s not as swanky as those three, but […]

Salmon season is here: Make the most of it

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Dipnetters are mending their nets, 8-weight fly rods and heavy-duty spin rods are coming out of the garage and serious fly tiers are tying their Russian River flies for the Kenai River red salmon run, that this year, is supposed to be big. The preliminary forecast for the Upper […]

Oregano Eggs: From simple to sublime

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy Simple food is the new kitchen black, recipes that combine a few easily found ingredients from your pantry and refrigerator, fast preparation, quick cook times (if you cook them at all), and they turn out perfectly every time. Three-, four- and five-ingredient cookbooks populate the bookstore food sections. And […]

Time to take it outside

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy The gorgeous weather has made eating outside at restaurants a joy, but who knows how long the sunny weather will last. The good news is that El Niño might bring a spate of warm weather throughout the summer for Alaska – or not. The best advice to heed is […]

Potatoes Gratin

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy When I was cooking in tent camps, gratin potatoes arrived freeze dried in an oversized milk carton by a brand called Trio. They tasted pretty dang good when you realized that a ride to the nearest restaurant was a 150-mile helicopter flight. The saving grace of these potatoes was […]

Pizza on the Grill

By Scott Banks Planet Food Guy The sun must trigger a photocell in our bodies that summons the urge to grill outdoors. Last week it was pizza on the grill. The bits of charred edges and smoky flavor reminded me of pizza that’s baked in a blazing hot brick oven. It’s a dish my family […]

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