Snowy City Cafe's innovative brunch fare, most of which is prepped from scratch with ingredients from local vendors, has garnered the Best Breakfast award every year from the Anchorage Press since 2003 and Anchorage Daily News since 2006. Guests can sift through the Heart Attack on a Plate's medley of hash browns, bacon crumbles, cheddar cheese, and veggies, or dress tongues in a coat and mittens for treks across the Tundra Scramble omelet filled with morsels of ground reindeer sausage. The stuffed french toast suffuses a baguette with mandarin orange cream cheese and toasted walnuts before lathering on layers of syrup and raspberry butter. For a riverside take on a classic, the Ship Creek Benedict piles a toasted english muffin with poached eggs and Snow City salmon cakes that pair nicely with Kaladi drip coffee and the lilting accordion riffs of a morning sea shanty. Patrons can savor their early bird treats with additional libations, including freshly brewed iced tea and fruit juices. Popular selections from the lunch menu include the Seattle chop salad with grilled chicken, blue cheese, bacon, tomatoes, and macaroni on a bed of mixed greens with vinaigrette and the 4th Avenue Special, a turkey sandwich on marble rye with bacon, cheddar, swiss, tomatoes, sprouts and herb mayo.
Based in and supported by the community since 1979, Bean’s Café serves hot breakfast and lunch 365 days a year to those experiencing homelessness as well as low-income elderly residents and seasonally unemployed community members. On the busiest days, the staff of volunteers serves almost 800 free meals. Additionally, the organization's Children’s Lunchbox program provides meals to low-income youth at sites throughout the Anchorage area. The center also provides assistance and referrals for clients seeking employment, housing, rehabilitation services, and educational opportunities, as well as long-term assistance for veterans and those with disabilities.
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Arctic Playgroundz is 2,000 square feet of indoor play-park fun flanked by a full-service espresso and sandwich bar. As children plunge down slides, grapple with the tricks of existence on the climbing wall, or sail off in a pirate ship while sipping anti-scurvy lemon juice, parents—who get in for free—can claim a couch or chair and help deplete the air’s supply of free WiFi. Most of the center’s kiddie equipment is intended for children ages 6 and under, and a separate, softer play area awaits infants.