I was hosted at the Best of Alaska by the Anchorage Daily News, all opinions are mine.
Best of Alaska
I attended the Best of Alaska last weekend at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage. The Best of Alaska is a collection of businesses who’ve been voted “the best” in their specific category by customers. So while there were 25 or so restaurants at the event, they were all the best in different ways. Here’s an official list of the winners on the Anchorage Daily News site. And here is my unofficial winners list, the things we encountered while we roamed the event, filling in our “Best of Alaska passports” with stamps from all the vendors in attendance. So much fun!
Here’s a SMALL preview of what we saw, sampled or tried:
- Humpies: served up Eggs Benedict we can’t believe they pulled off such perfect eggs in this setting-huge sample WORTH THE LINE-we need to know how they keep their hollandaise from breaking
- Sal’s Bar and Grill:Fried Mac and Cheese, Halibut Cake and Bruschetta-another huge sample, no line but they ran out early on and were packed up and gone by 3pm
- ABC Motorhome Rentals: we looked through their RVs and decided we’re renting one of these THIS summer-we couldn’t believe how big it was and how many people could safely ride in it!
- South Restaurant: I was the only one who got one of these in our group, totally worth it–never had such a sturdy non crumbly meringue-I need to know their secret!
- AK Art Factory: look at these adorable hats!
- Indigo Tea Lounge: Brought the awesome with several kinds of tea and a tea party fixings–they are on my my MUST visit list after tasting their teas
- Fire Island Bakery: Serving up bread and butter, Paris worthy Croissants (my 12 year old compares everything to Paris these days!)
- Turnagain Arm BBQ Pit: slow smoked pork belly sandwich–SO GOOD!
There was so much more going on at the event, games to play, lots of goodies from vendors, special sales at some booths, and you could even get your hair done at a few places. Not to mention that we didn’t even hit the Beer Garden, I had to drive plus we had a 12 year old with us. We thought we’d be in and out in an hour but ended up spending about 3 hours at the event, sampling, chatting and enjoying live music and cooking demos on the main stage.