Vegan Options in Anchorage, Alaska

If it seems like all we did in Anchorage was eat, that’s because it’s mostly true. And eating vegan in Anchorage was pretty easy!

Paul was out of town, Kevin was getting sick, and the weather was rainy most of the time. So we caught up on errands and work. And we ate food.

Eating vegan in Anchorage

MyThai

MyThai in Anchorage has a separate vegetarian menu. And there was plenty to choose from! We enjoyed everything we had.

mytthai anchorage alaska.

Fresh tofu rolls.

fresh tofu rolls at mythai.

Corn cakes.

corn cakes at mythai in anchorage.

Sweet & sour tofu.

sweet and sour tofu at mythai in anchorage.

Pad Thai.

pad thai at mythai in anchorage.

I can’t remember what these were.

dish at mythai in anchorage.

another dish at mythai in anchorage.

Namaste Shangri-La

Namaste Shangri-La is Nepalese, Indian, and fusion cuisine. It’s not vegan or vegetarian, but they have a vegetarian and a vegan thali on the menu. Plus they can tell you which of the dishes are suitable for vegans. We each got a different main dish in our thali.

namaste shangrila anchorage alaska.

Kevin got the Aloo Gobi (potatoes & cauliflower.)

thali at namaste shangrila anchorage.

I got the Kadai Sabzi (vegetables in a spiced tomato gravy.)

thali at namaste shangrila anchorage.

And Lorena got the Bhindi Masala (spicy okra.)

thali at namaste shangrila anchorage.

It also came with rice, salad, vegetable pakoras (fritters), dal (lentil soup), chana masala (chickpeas), and coconut ice cream for dessert. The spicing was pretty mild, and this would be a good introduction for someone not used to this style of food.

Hearth Artisan Pizza

We loved Hearth Artisan Pizza and visited a couple of times. Again, not a vegetarian restaurant but they had tasty vegan options on the appetizer, pizza, and dessert menus. The menu changes seasonally. If you’re around long enough, you’ll get to try different things. We were able to visit for their summer and fall menus.

Roasted cauliflower appetizer.

roasted cauliflower at hearth artisan pizza in anchorage.

Woodfired vegetables.

roasted roots at hearth artisan pizza in anchorage.

Voodoo child pizza.

voodoo child pizza at hearth artisan pizza in anchorage.

Pumpkin cheesecake.

pumpkin cheesecake at hearth artisan pizza in anchorage.

Blueberry tortoni.

blueberry tortoni at hearth artisan pizza in anchorage.

Hearth is an example of an omnivore’s restaurant with spectacular vegan options. They made eating vegan in Anchorage a joy. No, we don’t always want hummus and black bean burgers, if we’re lucky enough to be offered those options.

49th State Brewing

We liked the atmosphere at the Healy location better, but the food at the Anchorage outpost of 49th State Brewing was still good.

There aren’t tons of vegan options, but the main dishes offered are delicious. It’s worth a visit for their vegan chicken Philly cheesesteak. It reminded me of Govinda’s in Philly.

vegan chicken philly at 49th state brewing.

The vegan pizza was also tasty and made with a cashew based cheese rather than one of the commercial brands like Daiya.

vegan pizza at 49th state brewing.

One fail was their fried avocado. The avocado wasn’t ripe and was kind of crunchy. We rarely send back food, but that one went right on back. If your avocados aren’t ripe, then you’re out of them for the evening. Don’t serve crunchy avocados.

fried avocado at 49th state brewing.

Oh, and beer. The brewery has beer too, oddly enough. I enjoyed the saisson I had at the Healy location. Eating vegan in Anchorage with local beer options is pretty sweet.

Farmer’s Markets

We spent a Saturday hitting up a bunch of farmer’s markets. There are a ton in Anchorage including one right next to Centennial Campground. Late summer you’ll have loads of choices unlike early in the season when we were in Fairbanks when nothing was in season yet.

Have you ever had brussels sprouts tops? They’re leaves that taste like brussels sprouts! Cook like you would collards or tougher kale.

brussels sprouts tops.

Some sightseeing in Anchorage

Alaska Native Heritage Center

We skipped it the first time through Anchorage, so this time once the rain stopped we checked out the Alaska Native Heritage Center. I didn’t take any video there but do have a few stills.

alaska native heritage center in anchorage main entrance.

The center has different styles of traditional native houses set up, and you walk around to tour them. Each home will have a native person there to tell you about it and answer any questions. Many seemed to be from the high school down the street.

native home at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

native home at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

native home at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

decorative support in native home at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

Then inside they have programs all day with traditional dancing, storytelling, and more.

dancing at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

Plan on being here a few hours to a half day to take in all that the center has to offer. Tickets are $24.95 for adults.

boat at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

whale skeleton at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

totem pole at alaska native heritage center in anchorage.

Odds and Ends

Look at this fat rainbow!

fat rainbow in anchorage alaska.

Kevin was getting silly downtown.

kevin is a bear in downtown anchorage.

Centennial Campground

There aren’t a ton of options for camping in Anchorage. Centennial Campground itself was okay and pretty conveniently located. The bathrooms were the worst though. You will not want to count on showering in them.

rv camping at centennial campground in anchorage.

rv camping at centennial campground in anchorage.

Dry camping is $25/night, and with electricity, it’s $35/night. The campground also offers free wi-fi which isn’t terrible if you’re not too far from the office.

While we were there, it rained quite a bit, and the mushroom population exploded! Look at these cuties.

red mushrooms at centennial campground in anchorage.

red mushrooms at centennial campground in anchorage.

While we mostly used Anchorage as a place to recharge, we did manage to get out and see a few of the sights. And eating vegan in Anchorage was pretty easy. We didn’t even hit up all the options.

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