Like attaching a fake mustache to a Halloween mask or cleverly changing your name from Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ben Kenobi, adding a new ingredient to something familiar can render it delightfully unrecognizable. Enjoy inventive eats with today's Groupon to Muse, located in the Anchorage Museum. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of contemporary cuisine during dinner.
- For $9, you get $18 worth of contemporary cuisine during lunch or brunch.
Located inside the Anchorage Museum, Muse extracts fresh ingredients from the local landscape and exhibits them in café cuisine influenced by Europe and Asia. The dinner menu offers savory entrees, such as the Tuscan-style seafood risotto, packed with shrimp, scallops, and king crab ($28), and the grilled pork tenderloin in a sherry demi-glace with saffron-laced polenta ($22). Eschew both surf and turf to chew on the wild-mushroom fettuccine swimming in a light garlic-cream sauce ($14.75+).
House-made ice cream and sorbet in flavors such as chocolate peppermint and birch-syrup butter pecan ($6) mortar together a dessert menu of cakes and crème brûlée. Sandwiches, salads, and egg dishes stuffed with goodies stack the lunch and brunch menus.
Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate Muse's überchic dining room, which features red walls and modern, space-age furnishings. Outdoorsy eaters can lounge on a scenic outdoor patio.
Since 1999, The Marx Bros. Café and chef de cuisine Jonah Cotter have joined forces at Muse to assemble Pacific Northwestern dishes spiced with influences from Asia and Europe. This culinary team drizzles bright, citrusy sauces over fresh coastal seafood, sears high-quality steaks and cuts of venison, and bakes decadent desserts in-house. Servers shuttle each carefully crafted plate to the vibrant, contemporary dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows and candy-red pillars surround mod crimson chairs. This dramatic design is no doubt influenced by Muse’s location in the Anchorage Museum, where art, history, and science exhibits are designed to instill a deep understanding of the human experience. The restaurant encourages diners to schedule reservations that coordinate with museum events, or to rent the dining room for private parties and games of pin the tail on the Picasso.