Steak in Fairbanks

Pump House Restaurant

Located 4 miles from downtown, this national historic site was once a pump house during the gold-mining era. It’s loaded with character and collectibles, but the food is undistinguished and the dining area takes its…
American in Fairbanks

Wolf Run Restaurant

Set in an old timber house that has recently been spruced up, Wolf Run has long been known for its generous, super-sweet dessert plates, but lately has also excelled at gourmet food with a strong Middle Eastern infl…
Italian in Fairbanks

Gambardella’s Pasta Bella

In a city founded by an Italian, one would expect a decent ristorante and though Gambardella's can't compete with the chefs in Bologna or Catania, it's a welcome sight in Fairbanks – and very popular. Italophiles sh…
Breakfast in Fairbanks

Cookie Jar

Though bizarrely situated behind a pair of car dealerships off Danby St, Cookie Jar lives up to its name as one of Fairbanks’ top spots to indulge a sweet tooth. It's also a great little breakfast and lunch shop wit…
Cafe in Fairbanks

McCafferty’s Coffee House

Espresso emporium with good daily soups and baked goods. Striking up a conversation with the person on the next table is almost obligatory. There's a recording studio upstairs and live music adds atmosphere on Frida…
Seafood in Fairbanks

Alaska Salmon Bake

Hungry souls should take in the touristy, tasty, tongue-in-cheek salmon bake at Pioneer Park, which serves all-you-can-eat grilled salmon, halibut, cod, prime rib and countless sides. A $6 shuttle bus is available f…
Burgers in Fairbanks

Silver Gulch Brewery

This cavernous, slightly overdone brewpub – the northernmost microbrewery in the US – makes jolly good beer, but plenty of people come just for the pub grub. There are free brewery tours at 3pm on Wednesday and Frid…
Supermarket in Fairbanks

Fred Meyer

This airplane-hangar-sized store has every grocery imaginable, plus bulk foods, an extensive salad bar and all sorts of ready-to-eat fare. Excellent if you're stocking up for the Dalton Hwy.
Diner in Fairbanks

Sam’s Sourdough Café

Considered by many to be the town’s best diner, this place serves up sourdough pancakes all day long, as well as burgers and the usual diner suspects. It's not fancy, but that's the point.
Thai in Fairbanks


Ignore the out-of-the-way, strip-mall setting, which is ugly even by Fairbanks' standards. Lemongrass does the best Thai food north of Anchorage.