Hey—I have a new appreciation for the folks who run the restaurants at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. They do a great job. I can vouch for it PERSONALLY! Above, En En Sottosanti serves up the blackened salmon Caesar salad at Humpy’s on the “B” Concourse. Photos by Rob Stapleton/Alaskafoto.
This was a great excuse to grab photographer Rob Stapleton and head out to sample three spots at the airport: Norton Sound Seafoods, Humpy’s and Silver Gulch.
Our first stop was Norton Sound Seafoods, which stradles the secure area at the airport—you don’t have to pass through security to have a meal. Jennifer Emerson, right, serves up Chef Al’s Seafood Salad. Yumm.
Vicky Bacarisas, operations manager at HMSHost (the management company that operates the restaurants), is a 26-year veteran of the airport restaurant scene. She looked over the menu and made some suggestions that highlight Chef Al Levinsohn’s treatment of the fresh seafood from Nome and 14 other communities along Alaska’s Norton Sound.
a. Crispy cod tacos. YA!
b. Salmon dip.
c. Seafood chowder.
d. Chef Al’s Seafood salad.
Next stop was the “B” concourse, home to Delta, United, Icelandair and Condor. Humpy’s serves up some delicious seafood, accompanied by some delicious Alaska beers.
a. Humpy’s famous crab roll.
b. Halibut Tacos.
c. Halibut and chips.
d. Blackened-salmon Caesar salad
Finally, it was off to Silver Gulch’s airport brewpub. Here, they serve a delicious selection of carry-on goodies for the plane. But the BEER. That’s the high point. We tasted a delicious variety of beers from the brewery’s Fairbanks home, including:
a. Copper Creek Amber Ale (my favorite)
b. Osculum Inflame 2 ( a Belgian Quad)
c. Northern Light pale ale
d. Tundra Apple Ale
It’s always good to check in a couple of hours before your flight. The fact is, it’s only a five-minute trip through security—so use the rest of your time to chow down before you take off!
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