Magpies Bakery (224 Galena St., 907/461-3092, www.magpiesbakery.com, Tues.–Fri. 7 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 7 a.m.–3 p.m., closed Sun., Mon., and winter Sat.) has daily breads, fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, bear claws, breakfast sandwiches, and lunchtime soups, plus pies, cookies, and other treats—not to mention the best local espresso. It’s a great place to relax with friends.
Located right along the water, Harbor Café (255 N. Harbor Dr., 907/835-4776) serves upscale fast-food: burgers, crunchy halibut burritos, sandwiches, and salads. Also of note for lunch is the local health food store, Rogue’s Garden (354 Fairbanks Dr., 907/835-5880), with bagels, sandwiches, organic espresso, and smoothies.
Ernesto’s Taqueria (326 Egan St., 907/835-2519) serves authentic, reasonable, and tasty Mexican meals, including $10 lunch specials. They open early (7 a.m.) in summer but serve lunch and dinner only in winter.
Fu Kung (207 Kobuk Dr., 907/835-5255, daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m.) occupies a Quonset hut and, in addition to the expected Chinese favorites, also has seafood (try the mu shu shrimp), sushi, and lunch specials. Find Thai meals at Mai Thai (310 Pioneer Dr., 907/835-5606). Best pizzas around? Cruise over to No Name Pizza (121 Egan St., 907/835-4419).
Get groceries at Eagle (907/835-2100), the Safeway-owned market near Egan Avenue.
© Don Pitcher from Moon Alaska, 10th Edition