Vegetarian Journal's Guide to Natural Foods Restaurants in the U.S. and Canada
§ Reviewer's choice
4240 Old Seward Hwy., Anchorage, AK 99503
Mediterranean/Middle Eastern. About 1/3 of the dishes served at Aladdin's each night are vegetarian and every dish that is or can be made vegetarian is clearly marked. These include appetizers like Dolma (stuffed grape vine leaves with rice and herbs) and Spanakopita (layers of spinach and feta cheese baked in filo dough); dips like Hummus and Tsatsiki (yogurt, cucumber, and garlic); and salads like Casbah-Style (fire-roasted bell peppers and eggplant tossed with tomatoes, onions, and olive oil) and Fattush (Lebanese-style salad with fried pita and a mint-lemon dressing). For entrées, consider unique dishes like the North African-inspired Couscous Maghrebin, the Vegetables and Fruit Curry, or the Vegetarian Mousaka (eggplant, mushrooms, tomatoes, zucchini, and tofu baked with bechamel sauce). Open Wednesday through Saturday for dinner. Closed Sunday through Tuesday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, beer/wine, non-alcoholic beer, VISA/MC/AMEX, $$.
1230 W. 27th Ave., Anchorage, AK 99503
American/pub. Bear Tooth Theatrepub & Grill includes a restaurant and a movie theater. They offer an array of vegetarian and vegan items including pizzas, potato burritos, salads, a veggie burger, and peanut noodles. You can add tofu to any salad as well. Dine in their full service restaurant or enjoy your tasty eats while you watch a movie. Please note there is an additional charge for movie tickets. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, beer/wine/alcohol, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC/DC, $$.
1200 W. Northern Lights Blvd., Ste. G, Anchorage, AK 99503
Natural foods/juice bar. This mostly vegetarian establishment is home to a juice bar and offers wraps, tofu scrambles, organic granola, grain-and-soy burgers, burritos, and more. Daily vegan specials are available. Open daily for three meals. Limited service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, espresso, VISA/MC/DISC, $-$$.
2610 Spenard Rd., Ste. B, Anchorage, AK 99503
Organic/natural foods/juice bar. Organic Oasis Restaurant & Juice Bar offers many vegetarian and vegan items. Try the Tofu Burger, Hula Burger (made of organic multi-grain Tempeh), Vegan Greek Pizza, or the Moroccan Hummus Wrap. Organic Oasis sometimes teaches health classes. Enjoy live music or art films most evenings as well. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for lunch and early dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, catering, fresh juices, smoothies, beer/wine, special beverages, VISA/MC, $$.
627 W. 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501
Regional. Marx Brothers offers some vegetarian options, such as the Grilled Vegetables & Lentils, and is also willing to prepare special meals for vegetarians. Herbs, spices, lettuce, and edible flowers are grown on the premises in the summer. Open daily for dinner in the summer. Open Monday through Saturday for dinner in the winter. Closed Sunday in winter. Full service, wine/beer, catering, VISA/MC, $$$.
Milepost 238.9, Parks Highway, Denali, AK 99577
Pizza/pub. Prospectors Historic Pizzeria & Alehouse is a refuge for vegans in the town of Denali. They offer vegan cheese for your pizza and even vegan ice cream for dessert! They also have 49 different beers on tap featuring every independent Alaskan microbrewery. Prospectors showcases a collection of historic Alaskan photos, artifacts, and antiques. Stop in after hiking in beautiful Denali National Park. They also offer a free roundtrip shuttle to pick you up and bring you back to your hotel. Prospectors is located inside the Old Northern Lights Theater Building, across from the McKinley Chalets. Reservations are accepted. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, espresso/cappuccino, beer/wine, VISA/MC, $$-$$$.
706 2nd Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701
Italian. The Gambardellas pride themselves on generations of fabulous Italian food. Vegetarian entrées are conveniently indicated on the menu. Examples include Pasta Marinara, Fettuccini Alfredo, Eggplant Parmesan, Pesto Pasta, and gourmet pizza. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open on Sundays in the summer. Full service, take-out, espresso/cappuccino, wine/beer, VISA/MC, $-$$.
412 5th Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701
Thai. Although there are several Thai restaurants in Fairbanks, the Thai House Restaurant is a good choice for vegans. The food is great, the staff understands what 'vegan' means and can make sure all dishes ordered meet your needs. Try the Asparagus Special Dish. They even have two vegan desserts: the sticky rice with mango and "homemade" coconut ice cream. Make sure to visit the gift shop across the street and get them to show you the basement -- it is amazing! Reservations are accepted. Open Monday through Saturday for three meals. Closed Sunday. Full service, vegan options, take-out, delivery, beer/wine, VISA/MC/AMEX/DISC, $-$$.
1316 Ocean Dr., Homer, AK 99603
Natural foods deli. The Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery and Café offers diners exclusively organic foods in a quaint, cozy, informal atmosphere. The only full-line bakery and restaurant in Homer, The Express boasts everything from the owners' own line of cocoa to a "Pizzaz" of the day (pizza on sourdough), as well as several different cakes, cookies, and breads. Open daily for three meals. Full service, take-out, espresso/cappuccino, smoothies, VISA/MC, $$-$$$.
17 Sing Lee Alley, Petersburg, AK 99833
Natural foods. Helse's reputation is based on its soup and homemade bread specials, offered every day. Helse offers three vegetarian sandwiches (two of which are vegan), a tofu salad, and a garden salad. A natural foods store is located adjacent to the restaurant. Open daily for breakfast through early dinner. Full service, vegan options, espresso/cappuccino, take-out, $$.