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West Berlin Restaurant covers the classics.

By Scott Banks West Berlin 4133 Mountain View Dr. (907) 277-7600 I held no expectations when I visited West Berlin Restaurant, sheltered on the east end of Mountain View Drive, in a cinderblock building with more than its share of past restaurant failures. West Berlin has been open now for more than a year and […]

Kalua pork sandwiches for the Super Bowl crowd

By Scott Banks For some reason sandwiches came to mind when I was planning the eats for Super Bowl Sunday. So I decided on kalua pork sandwiches. You can’t go anywhere in the Hawaiian islands and not find kalua pork – salty, savory, smoky and always served with a scoop of rice or macaroni salad […]

Kalua pork sandwiches for the Super Bowl crowd

By Scott Banks For some reason sandwiches came to mind when I was planning the eats for Super Bowl Sunday. So I decided on kalua pork sandwiches. You can’t go anywhere in the Hawaiian islands and not find kalua pork – salty, savory, smoky and always served with a scoop of rice or macaroni salad […]

Kalua pork sandwiches for the Super Bowl crowd

By Scott Banks For some reason sandwiches came to mind when I was planning the eats for Super Bowl Sunday. So I decided on kalua pork sandwiches. You can’t go anywhere in the Hawaiian islands and not find kalua pork – salty, savory, smoky and always served with a scoop of rice or macaroni salad […]

Gaga for gumbo

By Scott Banks The saying goes in the bayou that when you meet anyone, you ask them three questions: “Who’s your momma; are you Catholic; and, can you make a roux?” My answers are: “My momma is with Elvis, I was raised Presbyterian and, yes, I can make a roux.” Only the last question is […]

Old reliables – restaurants where I always go back

By Scott Banks As I ate my way through 2015, I always found myself returning to a few Anchorage restaurants where I knew I’d find a good meal and a drink. There are days when you don’t want to play the “where should we go eat game” so you decide on the old faithfuls. Here […]

Diary of a cooked goose

By Scott Banks “There never was such a goose. Bob said he didn’t believe there ever was such a goose cooked. Its tenderness and flavor, size and cheapness were the themes of universal admiration.”                                                                         Charles Dickens – “A Christmas Carol” Does anyone cook a goose anymore for the holidays? I know I never have […]

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