I travel to ANC quite often. My favorite breakfast place is Snow City. They have great shakes there too. VERY family freindly. When going to Snow City call ahead, they will put you in line so you will not have to wait too long for a table. Simon and Seafort's happy hour is the best deal in town. Marx Brother's still does table side Caesar salads and has an amazing wine list. Thai Kitchen on Tudor is the best Thai in Alaska, and easily some of the best Thai food I have eaten. Orso continually disappoints me, many rave about it, but I have had nothing but 2nd rate experiences. The Glacier Brewhouse next door is a better choice, and the excellence of the beer is not matched in Anchorage. Yes Moose’s Tooth has excellent beer, but try the cask conditioned selection at GB and you will not be disappointed. Kobuk Coffee has really good doughnuts and very quaffable espresso. It is a bit touristy for my tastes, but I cannot resist a double shot and an old fashioned doughnut. Humpy’s has standard pub grub-what is stellar there is the beer list. If you like beer this is a must. Moose’s Tooth is hand down the best pizza in Alaska. The beer is also excellent.
The Crow's Nest is good-especially if you want extra attitude. It has a great view, but Simon and Seafort's does too and it is much friendlier and the food excellent.
In general, avoid the touristy salmon-bake type places. The salmon will be overcooked, overpriced and oversweet. If you can, get Sockeye. If you can smell sweet maple/honey on approach pick a new place.
New Sagaya is a local grocery that has wonderful deli choices. Perfect for picnicking and snacks.
Marx Brothers Cafe
Snow City Cafe
There was a reason Mary Tyler Moore would meet Dick at the door with a pitcher of martinis.
When I make martinis for my guests they always request vodka and that it be dry.
I check for allergies (can one be allergic to gin?) and proceed to make the correct way. Gin and vermouth, 2:1. Stirred, not shaken. Number of olives by request, I prefer a lemon twist myself.
Everyone, without fail, proclaims "This is the best martini I have ever had!" When I tell them why, their jaws drop. James Bond and the fun of playing at making a dry martini by waving the bottle of vermouth around the glass has ruined one of the best cocktails ever.