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Road trip to Seward and some good bar grub

Breeze Inn Seward Alaska Hotel 303 North Harbor Drive Seward (907) 224-5237 (888) 224-5237 By Scott Banks Our dinner in Seward started with disappointment. We’d strolled through the empty waterfront campground to Ray’s Boathouse and the closer we got, the more it looked like it was closed. And it was. Across the street at the […]

Mountain cafe shows you can find good food anywhere

“The greatest meal is the one you need right now.” Anthony Bourdain By Scott Banks Sometimes what drives you to a new restaurant is serendipity, hunger or limited options. My wife and I recently experienced all three of those circumstances and discovered a unique restaurant at Mt. Laguna about an hour’s climb out of San […]

Varsity Sports Grill

Varsity Sports Grill Alaska Airlines Center (907) 786-7835 alaskaairlinescenter.com. By Scott Banks Varsity Sports Grill perches atop the fourth floor of the new Alaska Airlines Center on UAA’s campus near Providence Hospital. A grand bank of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooks the basketball court below. Lined with tables for two, it’s the best seat in the house. Booths […]

In praise of the braise

By Scott Banks January is when food folks research their recipes for cold-weather dishes to thaw your frigid digits. People call it comfort food. Stews, soups, chili, pot roast and the like bring a warm glow to your belly that combats depression brought on by snow on the ground and the Arctic chill creeping into […]

Holiday food gifts people want under their tree

By Scott Banks Homemade food gifts are a dicey prospect. I have a few that have lingered in the pantry for a year. On the other hand, my sister Jean’s microwave peanut brittle doesn’t last a day at my house. What you like, some people won’t like. Here are some simple ideas for food gifts […]

Kriner’s Burgers & Pies: A new haven for burger addicts

By Scott Banks Kriner’s Burgers & Pies 3074 Mountain View Dr. Glenn Square (907) 884-7000 Move over Tommy’s Burgers Stop, White Spot and Long Branch Saloon, there’s a new player in the best burger business and it’s called Kriner’s Burgers & Pies. Leveraging success at Kriner’s Diner on C Street near Midtown, owner Andy Kriner devised a plan […]

What I learned about food in Italy

By Scott Banks A couple of months ago, my wife, sister, her husband and I visited Italy for three weeks. We learned a few things about the food, making fools of ourselves along the way. The Italians we met were nice people, most spoke English and were kind to us as we navigated the menus, […]

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