Whether it’s your first time to Alaska or you call the state home, it’s always fun to check out some of the new businesses around town during your down time. From fresh food and new brews (of both the coffee and beer variety) to a spa just for men, here are some of our favorite new spots.
- Chicken Shack – (Anchorage) Fried chicken is the star at the Chicken Shack, a new restaurant from the former head chef of old Anchorage favorite Sack’s Café. Try their smoked chicken sandwich, hot chicken sandwich or a basket of classic, finger-licking-good fried chicken. They also offer an array of satisfying sides, from blistered shishito peppers to fried okra and cheese curds.
- Queen of Sheba – (Anchorage) Anchorage’s food scene is diverse, but Dawit Ogbamichael and his wife Samrawi Haile noticed that there was something missing. They couldn’t find a restaurant that served Ethiopian food, so Anchorage’s first Ethiopian restaurant was born. Queen of Sheba serves up stews and vegetable dishes on injera (a flat sourdough bread) and it’s definitely worth a visit.
- Mo’s Deli and Catering – (Anchorage) This classic Jewish deli will transport you to the streets of New York City and is now the place to go to satisfy your craving for matzo ball soup or pastrami.
- AK Crave – (Fairbanks) Eat your dessert in a historic house built in the 1930s by the original Fairbanks Exploration Company. Visit the space to taste some sweet treats and enjoy a curated shopping experience featuring adorable Alaska gifts and trinkets.
- Turnagain Brewing – (Anchorage) This is the newest brewer to enter the Anchorage “Beermuda Triangle,” a playfully named area of town that’s home to local favorites like Cynosure Brewing, Midnight Sun Brewing Co. and King Street Brewing. All of the beers coming out of Turnagain are made with unmalted wheat from Palmer, Alaska. Now that’s local!
- Uncle Leroy’s Coffee – (Anchorage) This mobile coffee bus hasn’t ditched its wheels but opened a brick-and-mortar stop so you don’t have to wait until the farmer’s market rolls around to get your hands on a brew. In true Uncle Leroy’s style, they’ve turned an old laundromat into a coffee bar. The endeavor is a partnership with macaron purveyors Sweet Caribou; they’re knocking out the wall that separates them and allowing people to flow through both businesses.
- Man Spa – (Anchorage) Hey guys, don’t be afraid to pencil in a spa day – pampering yourself isn’t just for the ladies. Treat yourself to a haircut, shave, beard grooming or a full-body massage!