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The Cookie Jar Restaurant's bakers expanded their cooking repertoire from making fresh cookies and pastries to grilling burgers, sautéing vegetables, and simmering sauces to populate a menu of classic American fare. Knives carve off hunks of prime rib from broiled midwestern beef and slice into a warm baked potato ($24.95), and forks poke at Bob's Favorite, taking stabs at the sliced chicken, mushrooms, and zucchini dripping in alfredo ($15.95), annihilating the dish before Bob nabs it. Hearty favorites fill stomach caverns with dishes such as the tavern-battered halibut, which is bathed in beer and escorted by a side of homemade tartar sauce ($14.95), or italian lasagna that, like a rock ballad, covers meaty substance in three kinds of cheese ($13.95). Replicas of the famous cookies that inspired the restaurant satiate sweet teeth along with house-made pies and cakes.

1006 Cadillac Ct
Fairbanks,
AK
US

The friendly sandwichsmiths at the Arctic Rose populate a mouthwatering menu with hearty helpings of between-bread favorites. Diners scarf specialty sandwiches ranging from tuna salad to BLT to meatball, or customize handheld feasts with two choices of meats—including ham, turkey, salami, pastrami, or meatball—and tasty dressings such as cheese, sprouts, cucumbers, and peppers. The Arctic Rose chicken-salad sandwich, made with cream cheese, apples, red peppers, and onions, packs a flavor punch and patiently waits to travel mouthward via hands or miniature tableside catapults. To sate breakfast cravings, egg and cheese foundations wait for one or two meat toppings ($5.50 and $6.00, respectively). The quaint shop seats only nine, the perfect amount for a jovial banquet, or the exact quorum for holding a judicial review on the legality of breakfast for dinner.

519 6th Ave
Fairbanks,
AK
US

Named one of the United States' Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Restaurants by Health magazine, Taco Del Mar envelopes fresh ingredients and savory meats in hand-rolled tortillas, granting eager eaters a flavor-packed meal with portability. The cantina-inspired menu of customizable burritos and tacos whisks soggy Alaskans to sunny Baja with daily made salsas and guacamole, authentic wheat, flour, spinach, or tomato-basil tortillas, and fish caught in the Gulf of Alaska. The mondo burrito ($6.99) boards rice, beans, pico de gallo, and choice of meat (carne asada steak, ground beef, shredded beef, seasoned pork, braised chicken, fish, or vegetarian/vegan) on a belly-bound train, and the taco salad ($7.49), a beans, lettuce, pico de gallo, and meat-packed portion with a crispy tortilla shell, negates the need for uncomfortable steel jaw implants.

930 Old Steese Hwy
Fairbanks,
AK
US

The baristas and bakers at Julia's Solstice Cafe pour mugs of tea and gourmet air-roasted coffee to complement decadent vegan, gluten-free baked goods. Forks prone to wilt in the presence of dairy products coast unabashedly through a vegan, gluten-free Solstice cupcake, topped with a pineapple ring to signify its upcoming marriage to taste buds, or 100% organic and vegan Mayan brownies blanketed by a raw cacao ganache sweetened with yacon syrup. Steamed half-and-half and chocolate bolster the 12-ounce mocha breve to shake up slumbering eyes and fill daily chocolate quotas, and cups of cappuccino lord over espresso kingdoms beneath a crown of frothy foam.

206 Driveway St
Fairbanks,
AK
US

Owned by Steven Downer, winner of the World Tea Expo's 2011 Tea Infusion Challenge, Sipping Streams Tea Company hand-blends and brews an aromatic complement of caffeinated, herbal, and ornamental drinkables. Liquid nirvana seekers can pore over a catalog of loose-leaf teas available in an aromatic rainbow arcing from white King of Silver Needles ($21.25 for 2 oz.) and green Imperial Mao Feng ($26.50 for 4 oz.) to black organic Darjeeling ($19 for 4 oz.) and chocolaty Northern Serenity ($18.25 for 4 oz.) varieties. Crystalline kettles ($30 each) can house nostalgic wintry dioramas or showcase the transformation of art teas ($20 for 8 bundles) from lifeless leaves into aquatic blooms. Sipping Streams' eclectic menu of light bites lets tea tipplers pair their libations with Eastern- and British-inspired treats. Inundate mouths with a bite-sized barrage of steamed red-bean-paste buns ($2.50 each), or delicately nibble cucumber sandwiches ($4 each), which combine crunchiness and elegance, much like a Fabergé egg fashioned from potato chips.

3535 College Rd
Fairbanks,
AK
US