Fantastic Vegan Options for Greater Anchorage, Alaska
Just about the first thing we do after deciding on a trip is to check out the vegan food options. Planning our trip to Alaska was no different. Alaska is known as The Last Frontier but even with an abundance of fish and fresh game, we had no problem eating vegan during our trip to greater Anchorage, Alaska. We found some fantastic vegan options in greater Anchorage.
Is Alaska Vegan Friendly?
We weren’t sure what to expect from vegan options during our trip to Alaska. We had a couple of interesting factors to contend with. In our case, our travel dates were September 13-21. This is the tail end of the tourist season. We knew some of the restaurants would be closed for the season, or have shortened hours of operation.
Another factor that played into what vegan options would be available to us is that we stationed ourselves in Anchorage for our 8-day trip. We left early for day trips from our hotel each day and returned around sunset. This would mean that many of our restaurant choices would not be open during the time we would be in the area.
Last but not least, the fact that Alaska is The Last Frontier so the fish and the fresh game scene are abundant in Alaska. We knew that we’d find that many of the dishes to offer feature freshly caught fish or game. We weren’t wrong but we’re also happy to report that we found plenty of vegan options to keep us well-fed during our trip to Alaska.
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Fantastic Vegan options in Greater Anchorage, Alaska
We’re happy to report that we found vegan options even in the more remote areas of our visit. Here are some fantastic vegan options that we enjoyed on our trip to greater Anchorage, Alaska. We found vegan options in Anchorage, Homer, Hope, and Talkeetna.
Anchorage Vegan Options
Mooses Tooth Pub & Pizzeria
Dusty found out that the Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria won the top 5 best pizza places in the United States a few years prior. This was our first stop after arriving in Alaska.
It’s very popular with tourists and locals alike so just be advised you may have to wait for your table. This is the perfect opportunity to grab a pint of their beer (yes, they also brew their own beer), stand or sit at the bar or take it outside and snuggle in next to the fire pit.
They let you do half & half pizzas so we combined The Veggie Delight ( crimini mushrooms, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, broccoli, roasted garlic, green peppers, roma tomatoes, and subbed vegan cheese) and The Forager (roasted garlic, spinach, portabella & crimini mushrooms and subbed vegan cheese). They offer cauliflower crust that’s vegan. The menu says vegan whole wheat but it does contain honey. Excellent pizza and it’s huge! We definitely enjoyed leftovers for a few days.
Moose’s Tooth Pub & Pizzeria: 3300 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage
One of the nights we came home so tired that we picked up myThai Downtown and ate in our hotel room. This is where having a kitchen came in clutch, as we had plates and silverware (and a dishwasher) to use for our takeout.
We ordered stir fry basil and tofu pad Thai. Both were good but our takeout was not very photogenic so you’ll just have to take our word for it.
myThai: 333 W 4th Ave (downtown), Anchorage
49th State Brewing
We couldn’t believe how big 49th State Brewery is. It definitely has more of a restaurant/bar vibe than a brewery vibe but it’s very cool and it was PACKED at 3 pm in the afternoon. Enormous with a local beer selection and spirits to match. The vegan menu options are clearly marked.
We shared the Mexican Street Corn appetizer (roasted jalapeno corn, vegan chorizo, daiya cheese, sliced avocado, vegan sriracha mayonnaise, cilantro, and lime juice served with chips). So good!
We also shared the Vegan Tundra Stone-Fired Pizza (red sauce, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and vegan mozzarella).
Both were good but the Mexican street corn appetizer stole the show.
49th State Brewing: 3300 Old Seward Highway, Anchorage
Other vegan options on our list for Anchorage that we didn’t have time for:
Anchorage has a TON of vegan options, like most large cities do. The following were on our itinerary as options that we missed due to our road trips: Preference, Ginger, Rustic Goat, El Green Go’s Food Truck, and Wild Scoops. We noticed a lot of vegan pizza options in Anchorage!
Girdwood Vegan Options
Spoonline Bistro is a cozy little spot and it was perfect for brunch after we toured the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. The crisp, fall air was perfect for dining on the shaded patio. Check out the view we had too in the photo below.
We each chose the tofu burrito (marinated baked tofu with mildly curried potatoes, avocado, daiya cheese, sauteed onion, and peppers all wrapped in a flour tortilla. It was perfect and a rather large serving.
Spoonline Bistro: 174 Hightower Rd, Girdwood, AK
Other vegan options on our list for Girdwood that we didn’t have time for:
Homer Vegan Options
117 miles south of Anchorage, Homer, Alaska is known as the “halibut fishing capital of the world’. We didn’t think we’d find any vegan options but we were pleasantly surprised to have multiple options. The caveat was that they wouldn’t be open during our time in Homer.
The Tickled Pear Food Truck
Luckily for us, The Tickled Pear Food Truck was randomly positioned right before the area where we were to board our water taxi. We couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw vegan tacos on the chalkboard menu. We shared these and they were delicious.
The Tickled Pear: 4306 Homer Spit Rd, Homer, Alaska
Other vegan options on our list for Homer that we didn’t have time for :
Again, surprised at the number of options and really wish it worked out to try one or more of these: Shiva Boom– Mediterranean food truck, Vida’s Thai Food, La Baleine Cafe, The Bagel Shop, and Latitude 59.
Hope Vegan Options
Approximately 88 miles from Anchorage, we took a stunning fall drive to Hope, Alaska, and stopped for lunch at the Dirty Skillet. This is just about the cutest little setting we never could have imagined.
They say that Hope, Alaska is the original place where gold was discovered in the north. This brought more than 8,000 people to the area with the dream of finding their fortune. Today the population of Hope is 79 people. Fat biking and backcountry skiers flock to the area, as well as vacationers.
The Dirty Skillet is tiny! Just a few tables and an attached open patio. We had views of a little pond with the sound of a little waterfall and stream rushing in the foreground and watched people come and go from the little cabins also on the property.
If we can find a vegan option marked on a menu in a town of 79 people there truly is HOPE (see what we did there) to find vegan options just about anywhere. We ordered the coconut Thai Yellow Curry. It was served in a beautiful copper Thali Plate and topped with a little flower bud. It was a huge serving that even caught the eyes of the carnivores at the neighboring table. Delicious!
Dirty Skillet 19702 Hope Highway, Hope AK
Read about how much we loved Alaska:
Talkeetna Vegan Options
The Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe
We found a great breakfast on the outskirts of the quirky little town of Talkeetna. The Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe is a cabin set in the woods. They focus on creative dishes that are deli-style using local and fresh ingredients and making bakery goods in-house. We split the Trust Me, I’m Vegan (house-made hummus on fresh bread with whatever veggies we have on hand. Trust us, it’s awesome!) And it truly was. We also shared the Not-A-Breakfast-Burrito (whole wheat tortilla with brown rice, black beans, green chilis, corn, locally grown kale, and house salsa. Both were excellent and we would have liked to try a few more items on the menu.
The Flying Squirrel Bakery Cafe: 26205 Talkeetna Supr, Mile 11, Talkeetna AK
Best Vegan Tip for Travel
Book a hotel with a kitchen! We booked in at the Residence Inn by Marriott Anchorage Midtown. We really love the kitchen and living room that Residence Inn offers. The living room with a couch and TV, often a fireplace, as well as an equipped kitchen, microwave, and refrigerator, are awfully convenient.
We knew we’d be on the road a lot so we packed sandwiches to take with us each day. We ate a lot of sandwiches that we had pre-made in the hotel each morning. We didn’t expect to eat out so little but it was nice on the pocketbook! We stopped at Costco and a local grocery store for our food. We often missed the free breakfast (which typically lacks for us vegans) so it’s nice to have breakfast in our room before we hit the room. Check out this post for some breakfast ideas on the road.