Coming down the street, you can't miss the shiny, stainless steel exterior of this classic, 1950s-style diner near Spenard. But this diner has serious, contemporary street cred, too: It’s run by two of Anchorage’s most erudite restaurateurs, and offers both upscale-style service, as well as a lively scene, whether you come on the weekend or for a fabulous weekday lunch.
True, the menu is rich in comfort-food nostalgia—and it's a great read before you even get a bite to eat. Classics include Lenny’s Reuben, Monte Cristo sandwiches, pot roast, and liver and onions (dubbed "Put Out the Lights and Cry").
Black Cows and Chicken-Fried Breakfast
Breakfast is served all day—try the chicken fried steak with eggs—and the soda-fountain and dessert menus offer retro classics such as black cows (root beer and vanilla ice cream), bread pudding and pineapple upside-down cake.
Recipes to Go
City Diner is plenty kid-friendly (there is a children’s menu for all meals, and kids eat free on Mondays), and military folks get a 10 percent discount. Best of all, they share their recipes—like any good home town diner should.