A longtime favorite—it’s the oldest Mexican restaurant in Alaska—is La Cabaña (312 E. 4th Ave., 907/272-0135, www.alaskalacabana.com , $11–17). This is a good place for lunch, with tasty halibut fajitas. La Mex (2552 Spenard Rd., 907/274-7511, www.lamexalaska.com ) is popular for evening nachos and margaritas, or for full meals. The service is fast, and the steaks aren’t bad either.
In business since 1972, Mexico in Alaska (7305 Old Seward Hwy., 907/349-1528, www.mexicoinalaska.com , Mon.–Fri. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sat. noon–10 p.m.) is one of the more authentic south-of-the-border spots, but it’s a long way out if you don’t have a car.
If you’re looking for the quick version, Taco King (112 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 907/276-7387, Sun. noon–10 p.m., Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–11 p.m.) serves fat burritos and tacos. Order at the counter and then slather it up with your choice of salsas. Burritos start at $5, up to $9 for a big dinner plate. You’ll never want to go Taco Bell after this!
A great family option for nachos, burritos, and pizzas is Bear Tooth Theatrepub (1230 W. 27th Ave., 907/276-4200, www.beartooththeatre.net ), where you can take in a $3 movie while you eat.