They’ve been “sunny side up” since 1998, celebrating 20years in operation back in April and once again the Snow City Café in downtown Anchorage at the corner of 4th and L takes culinary honors in the Press Picks

The eatery has won “best breakfast” numerous times. For 2018, it takes the “best brunch” category, too, as determined by our voting readers.

It is easy to see why.

The Snow City Café caters to dining parties featuring split eating personalities – groups that have breakfast lovers and lunch connoisseurs all packed in to one party.

Breakfast is served all day so diners can get their fill of pancakes or waffles even at 2 p.m. With its diverse selection of soups and salads, sandwiches and hot dishes – mac and cheese or meatloaf stuffed with mac and cheese – folks craving traditional afternoon food can get that earlier in the day. Everyone goes home with a full tummy and satisfied palate without having to settle for eating at chain restaurant where local ingredients aren’t featured the way they are at the Snow City Café.

Our mission is to use the freshest ingredients available and buy from local vendors whenever we can. Most everything we serve is made from scratch, and with plenty of love. We care about good food, our community, the environment, and making people happy,” is the statement on the Snow City Café’s website landing page.

Its breakfast offerings go well beyond the standard bacon, eggs and toast. While those items are on the menu, those with adventurous taste buds can take a tour of Alaskan seafood with the specialized versions of eggs benedict: The “Ship Creek Benedict” features the standard poached egg with hollandaise sauce adding in housemade smoked salmon cakes and diced red onion. The “Kodiak Benedict” substitutes in Alaska king crab cakes. Can’t decide between the two? Have one of each culinary destination with the Snow City’s “Deadliest Catch Benedict.”

Unique lunch selections include an open-faced tuna sandwich served on toasted walnut multigrain bread with avocado, melted cheddar cheese and roma tomatoes as well as a chicken salad B.L.T. with poached chicken also served on the toasted walnut multigrain bread with granny smith apples, red grapes, thick honey-cured bacon, green leaf lettuce and roma tomatoes covered with a homemade herb mayo.

The cowboy meatloaf sandwich is a stick-to-your-ribs warmer-upper meal option made from natural ground beef with cheddar cheese, bacon, roma tomatoes, crispy onion straws and the Snow City Café’s housemade barbecue sauce served hot on toasted marble rye bread.

Snow City’s servings are available in full and half sizes to accommodate varied appetites.

Each menu option is clearly marked with symbols indicating whether it can be made in gluten-free or vegan-style. Egg whites are a welcome substitute and only a fat-free cooking spray is used in the kitchen. And a side of fruit instead of hash browns is considered no hassle.

Diners sometimes have to wait. Google estimates a 30-minute wait between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. After all, the Snow City Café has been written up in all the major foodie publications including a feature in Bon Appetit and the online publication,, regarding U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2015 visit during which he purchased the entire stock of cinnamon rolls for his entire entourage to consume. Conde Nast Traveler and Fodor’s Travel have also featured the dishes served at the Snow City Café.

The restaurant’s online reservations system is one to deal with waiting.

Another is reading the myriad of community-oriented event posters posted in the foyer.

Either way, in the winter, the bright lights of the Snow City Café are a welcome beacon. In the spring and summer, the cheerful pansies planted in aluminum garbage cans outside the restaurant’s frontage on 4th Avenue is a sign of the caring spirit waiting inside. Besides, how can you go wrong at a place where the outside door handles are an elongated decorative metal fork and spoon?

Weekly specials are posted on the restaurant’s namesake Facebook site as well as its website:

Phone (907) 272-2479.

Hours of operation are Mon. through Friday from 7 3 p.m. and weekends from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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