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Kingfisher Roadhouse

Kingfisher Roadhouse 19503 Sterling Highway – Cooper Landing (907) 595-2861 by Scott Banks For the hundreds of times that I have passed the Kingfisher Roadhouse, my well-meaning intentions to stop were never met. My wife and I whizzed by on the weekends and said, “We ought to stop there and check it out.” Retirement has […]

Eating Homer

Kenai Peninsula Restaurants Fresh Catch Cafe Boardwalk Fish and Chips Cosmic Kitchen The Flats Bistro By Scott Banks We motored to Homer a couple of weeks ago to camp on the Spit. We keep cooking to a minimum so we can maximize beach time and trips into town. So that presents another opportunity to try […]

Healy restaurant worth the road trip

The 49th State Brewing Company Denali Park (Healy) MP 248, Parks Highway 49statebrewing.com By Scott Banks Road trips are a good excuse to try new restaurants and some pop up in unexpected places. Friends recommended The 49th State Brewing Company in Healy. These two are beer aficionados and know good food and good beer. On […]

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 […]

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