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Alaska’s best greasy spoons

Road trips and diners go hand in hand, like eggs and bacon or coffee and cream. Whether you’re venturing off on a long journey or just stopping to refuel, the mid-trip diner meal is essential for any true road warrior. In Alaska, you can also expect added flair like reindeer sausage and some world-class seafood along the way. Here are a few of our favorite “greasy spoons.”

Little Dipper Diner

Nestled in an unassuming strip mall in South Anchorage, this restaurant opened in 2016 and offers classic diner fare, as well as a very comprehensive eggs Benedict menu. The reindeer Benedict is the traditional breakfast with the usual ham switched out for reindeer sausage, a great way to have your meal Alaska-style. You’ll also find some great lunch options here with a long list of burgers, sandwiches and wraps and even some salads if you’re craving something a bit lighter.

City Diner

City Diner is another Anchorage favorite and is certainly not lacking in personality. Breakfast is served from open to close, and the chrome restaurant looks exactly like the diners of the 1950s, complete with bar service and a soda jerk. Here you can get classics like chicken fried steak, stacks of hot cakes and overflowing omelets as well as huevos rancheros and corned beef hash. For dinner, there are even a few high-brow surprises like truffle fries and Thai chili chicken wings. If that isn’t enough, kids eat free on Tuesdays!

The Cookie Jar

This Fairbanks favorite is one of the lucky restaurants in the country to have received a visit from famed Food Network star Guy Fieri for a feature on his hit show “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” You can fill up your tank with a homemade biscuits and gravy platter, cinnamon roll French toast, a halibut burger or a signature Cookie Jar cheese steak sandwich. The restaurant’s name should also be enough to convince you to not head on your way before grabbing a few fresh-baked cookies to go.

Talkeetna Roadhouse

If you’re looking to get to know some other travelers and locals (which is one of the best parts of a road trip!) the Talkeetna Roadhouse’s family-style seating will quickly take care of that. Everyone in town flocks to this restaurant for sourdough pancakes that are bigger than your head, decadent biscuits and gravy and egg casseroles topped with melted cheddar cheese and crispy bits of bacon. As you walk to the counter to pay, make sure to grab some of the best fresh-baked goods in the state and take your car snacking to the next level.

Diners exist to offer hospitality and leave us feeling full and maybe even like we’ve just left our favorite relative’s home. These Alaska staples will satisfy all of those cravings and more.

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