We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – it’s what’s on the inside that counts, especially when it comes to good food. Serving consistently delicious meals, these 12 under the radar restaurants in Alaska are definitely worth a visit. Although some may not look like much from the outside, be sure that you don’t get fooled by their humble exteriors. After just one bite you’re sure to be hooked and before you know it, you’ll be itching to check off every single restaurant on this list.
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1. Jens’ Restaurant – Anchorage
Don't be fooled by this unassuming location in a strip mall, because the food here is literally to die for. Step in and enjoy an art-filled dining room, classy atmosphere, knowledgeable service and some of the most delicious, creative food that you'll ever experience in your lifetime. Were obsessed with the pepper steak and the wild Alaska seafood options.
Address: 701 West 36th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99503.
2. V’s Cellar Door – Juneau
Enjoy a perfectly creative mix of Mexican and Korean favorites with menu items such as fusion nachos or infused burritos. The service is fun and friendly and the atmosphere is truly a stunning slice of paradise in Alaska's state capital city of Juneau.
Address: 222 Seward Street, Juneau, AK 99801.
3. Keen Kow Thai Food – Ninilchik
Thai food never tasted so good! Don't drive by this delicious spot located right off the Sterling Highway without stopping in for lunch or dinner. You'll love everything on the menu, but we're slightly obsessed with the curry and spring rolls. The family atmosphere is sure to win your heart over!
Address: 66873 Robin Avenue, Ninilchik, AK 99639.
4. Pita Place – Fairbanks
Step right up and enjoy a yummy pita with all the extra fixings that you can imagine. Visitors here enjoy the large portion sizes, quick service and amazingly friendly staff. This is a summertime hot spot that you simply do NOT want to miss out on.
Address: 3300 College Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.
5. The Bake Shop – Girdwood
After a morning spent riding the slopes at Alyeska Resort or checking out all the cool neighborhoods in Alaska's most beloved ski town, you need to stop into The Bake Shop for a yummy lunch. Enjoy fresh ingredients, hot and fresh soups, scrumptious sandwiches and so much more. Don't leave without trying the most delicious sweet rolls in the last frontier.
Address: 194 Olympic Mountain Loop, Girdwood, AK 99587.
6. Chipper Fish – Hoonah
Please note, Chipper Fish is no longer in business.
This sweet little island escape is effortlessly popular thanks to its incredible local chef, consistently incredible food, charming atmosphere and genuinely friendly staff. Enjoy a yummy assortment of breakfast options, tons of wild Alaska seafood dishes and so much more.
Address: 316 Front Street, Hoonah, AK 99829.
7. Fiori D’ Italia – Anchorage
Located in the heart of Spenard, this long withstanding neighborhood hot spot is sure to win your heart over after just one visit. Enjoy traditional Italian dishes including pasta and pizza, a lengthy wine list, a calming and romantic atmosphere and the friendliest service on the west side of town.
Address: 2502 McRae Road, Anchorage, AK 99517.
8. Pho Vatsana – Wasilla
Visit Alaska's MatSu Valley and stop by this incredible restaurant serving traditional Lao, Vietnamese and Thai food for lunch or dinner. You'll love the many soups, noodle dishes, curry and traditional entrees. With so many great options, you'll simply HAVE to come back time and time again.
Address: 1051 East Bogard Road, Wasilla, AK 99687.
9. Café Cups – Homer
Please note, Café Cups is no longer in business.
This is one of the best spots in the 'halibut fishing capital of the world' and we can almost guarantee that you will never be disappointed with a visit here. Enjoy many steak, seafood, curry and creative pasta dishes served in a bright converted house with exposed wood beams. The quirkiness is endearing and the uniqueness will win your heart over instantaneously.
Address: 162 West Pioneer Avenue, Homer, AK 99603.
10. Senor Panchos – Soldotna
If truly traditional Mexican food is what you're after, you'll find it here. Not only is the food good, but the atmosphere is completely traditional and absolutely beautiful. Oh yeah, and the food is totally mind blowing!
Address: 44096 Sterling Hwy, Soldotna, AK 99669.
11. Ludvig’s Bistro – Sitka
You'll be blown away by the quality of food, the portion sizes and the phenomenal service. This will quickly become your new favorite place in the southeast community of Sitka. So much good stuff!
Address: 256 Katlian Street, Sitka, AK 99835.
12. The Burger Bus – Kenai
Located in old town Kenai, this humble little burger joint is truly the cat's meow. The food is always mouth watering and the service is totally awesome. The line might be a little long, but trust us - it's worth the wait every time.
Address: 409 Overland Avenue, Kenai, AK 99611.