There are dozens of cafes, restaurants, eateries and mom and pop shops in Spenard that provide Spenardians with a hearty meal. Here are just five of the many places to spend your lunch break for a reasonable price.
Out of the Box
3807 Spenard Road
This gluten-free restaurant provides a healthy alternative to some with a gluten intolerance, but still has carb-filled meals for patrons who love their bread. Their rotating menu consists of chicken fried steak, poutine, beef stroganoff and fish and chips. The casual restaurant also includes vegetarian and vegan options on their menu. Gluten-free cupcakes and other sweet treats are the cherry on top at this health-conscious eatery.
Out of the Box is open 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. They are closed Sundays and Mondays.
Yak and Yeti Cafe
1360 W Northern Lights Boulevard
A branch of the popular Himalayan restaurant a few blocks down the road, Yak and Yeti Cafe offers to-go versions of classic Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan dishes. Options include sandwiches, soups, gyros, rice bowls and specialty drinks. Rice bowls include a bowl of rice with a choice of two or three entree options such as beef curry, chicken tikka masala, pork vindaloo and more for under $10.
Yak and Yeti Cafe is open 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Sundays.
3020 Minnesota Drive #20
The west side location of Top Bop gives visitors a quick grab-and-go meal for those in a rush, but who still want a tasty meal. If you’re in a pinch, Top Bop delivers. The fusion restaurant offers an array of Korean, Japanese and Chinese dishes that come in a to-go bowl over rice and vegetables. Bowls come in two sizes, regular and large, that range from $9.99-$12.98. Dumplings, shrimp tempura, kimchi, seaweed salad, macaroni salad and miso soup can be added as a side to any meal.
Top Bop is open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and is closed Sundays.
3311 Spenard Road
Pho Lena’s Spenard location is a well priced restaurant that serves substantial portions of pad thai, pad ka pow, yellow curry or whatever your taste buds desire. Their portions are large and give you leftovers to take to work the next day. As the name suggests, pho is offered along with other menu items inspired by Thai, Laotian, Vietnamese, Chinese and other Asian cuisines.
Pho Lena is open 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 12 – 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 – 10 p.m. on Sundays.
Tommy’s Burger Stop
1106 W 29th Place
Need a hearty burger with a hefty side of fries? Look no further. Tommy’s Burger Stop has been living in the heart of Spenard since 2002 and is here to satisfy your cravings. Business Insider, Huffington Post and Thrillist named Tommy’s the best place to get a burger in the state of Alaska. Their infamous R.L.E. Hello Burger consists of two 5.5 ounce patties loaded with bacon, grilled mushrooms, online and jalapeno peppers, topped with American cheese for $13.75. If burgers aren’t your style, Tommy’s sells Po Boys, philly cheese steaks and salads.
Tommy’s Burger Stop is open 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturdays and 12 – 6 p.m. Sundays.