The now-nationwide franchise Ling and Louie's Asian Bar and Grill began with a love story. After graduating from college, an Ohio-born ballplayer travelled to Shanghai to visit his childhood foreign-exchange companion. While there, he fell in love with his friend’s cousin, whose stunning beauty was matched by her expert culinary skills. To win her heart, the young American took a job as a busboy and bartender at her family’s restaurant. The two eventually married and traveled throughout China before heading to the United States to settle down. The couple then opened Ling and Louie’s, where they serve up a marriage of Asian and American flavors in a lively atmosphere set to the soundtrack of classic rock.
In the kitchen, chefs labor over steaming woks, whipping up innovative dishes, such as the Korean-style sizzling salmon and the American-style meatloaf sliders, that have won the praise of the Anchorage Daily Planet. In addition, drink options include sake, sake-infused cocktails, more than 30 wines by the glass, 15 beers on tap, and more than 30 different bottles of beer.