Snow City Cafe

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1034 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, AK, USA - (907) 272-2489

Snow City Cafe Anchorage Reviews

travelfan1963 travelfa…
88 reviews
Anchorage's Best Breakfast Aug 12, 2012
In downtown Anchorage, Alaska, there's a fantastic breakfast restaurant called Snow City Cafe. Located on 4th Avenue behind the Captain Cook Hotel, Snow City offers a creative breakfast menu with anything from granola to a tofu omelet to a menu dish named "Heart Attack on a Plate and Veggie Bypass". Breakfast with coffee is roughly $10 to $20 and is worth every penny.

On one visit, I had the fresh granola, along with toast, and the bread slices were huge. Each table has a large pot of addictive local wild berry jam to lather on toast. The jam is homemade and tastes like the jam your grandmother used to make. On another visit, I had the "Polar Bear Breakfast" which is a gigantic pancake, two eggs (cooked any style) and a choice of protein (bacon, ham, etc). Needless to say, this is easily two meals instead of one. Be sure to try a blueberry pancake, which is beyond delicious and filled with fresh blueberries. The pancake is the size of a plate, though, so one is very filling.

The restaurant itself is friendly from the moment you arrive. The host desk has a hanging sign advertising the "Host with the Most" and families can borrow board games to entertain the kids. The walls are brightly painted (which adds light to the dark Alaskan winters) and local artists' paintings are for sale on the walls. Each month the walls are decorated with a new exhibition. Large snowflakes and Christmas bulbs hang from the ceiling and a snowman logo reminds diners they are in Alaska.

If you happen to be in Anchorage late in the fall around the season's first snowfall, Snow City offers free espresso the day after Anchorage's first snow.

I highly recommend Snow City for a hearty, delicious breakfast. Go early or you will be waiting in a very long line--especially during cruise season which packs Anchorage restaurants. On my most recent visit, I had to wait thirty minutes for a table at 7:30 a.m. with the crowds of tourists. Seating at the breakfast bar is first come/first serve if the crowds are bad. Snow City also accepts reservations on line, which is a new feature.

This restaurant is popular with both locals and tourists and is consistently voted best breakfast by the Anchorage Press (and I totally agree). Lunch is also available but breakfast is the main draw.

I am usually in Anchorage once a year and always stop at Snow City, as their breakfasts are consistently delicious.
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2 reviews
Best breakfast or lunch in Anchorage Sep 04, 2010
Eat like an Alaskan lumberjack or share a hearty meal with a friend for a really cheap eat! I've tried every vegetarian option on the menu and it's all delicious. The cooked oats, granola and toppings is really good. Hash browns are to die for! A must visit when you're in Anchorage. Voted #1 a number of years running now. Support local farmers & organic, sustainable farming on the west coast.
rbyrd rbyrd
2 reviews
Super nice staff Jan 15, 2010
They have great eggs benedict!! I've only been there twice and both times it was great. The waiter actually brought us a bunch of samples to try before we ordered. Very fun atmosphere and pretty laid back. It was packed though so be prepared to wait a little bit for a table.
anupa_rk anupa_rk
40 reviews
The ideal way to start the day in Anchorage! Aug 09, 2009
Voted the best breakfast joint in all of Anchorage – and with good reason! Snow City Café has the most expansive breakfast menu I have ever come across. And what’s even better is that they serve breakfast all day long!!

Located very close to the picturesque “resolution point” that provides a sweeping view of Cook Inlet, Snow City Café is a non-descript looking café that I may not even have entered had I not gone there looking for it!

Be warned though, the queue on a weekend morning is something you have to be prepared for! A one hour wait for a table is deemed quite regular. The alternative being picking up something to go.

Although slightly pricey, Snow City Café lives up to its reputation. With a fun menu comprising of breakfast combos named “Polar Bear Breakfast” and the sort, the joint exudes a sort of happy feeling that feels so welcome early in the morning!

Open from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and till 4:00 p.m. on weekends, the café is an ideal way to start the day in Anchorage.

With mimosa being a constant feature with the breakfast orders, you can quite imagine that this is just not a regular breakfast place! With servers bustling around…full of energy.. And the ambience set to a nice colorful note, it’s the perfect place to sit and plan the itinerary for the day. The fact that they provide free wi-fi access only adds to the convenience!

The menu consists of almost anything you can imagine having for breakfast in a place like Alaska! From toasts and eggs in all possible variations to pancakes served with blueberry syrup.. From champagne to hot chocolate.. you name it, they’ll get it on your table! And in abundance! (I actually almost finished one whole jar of blueberry syrup that was placed in front of me. Such a pleasant change from the regular Maple Syrup!)

One breakfast, and I was done for the day!
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anupa_rk says:
Definitely a must-do when you're in Anchorage :)
Posted on: Aug 28, 2009
sarahsan says:
Nice review! Would love to have breakfast there!
Posted on: Aug 28, 2009

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