Traveling to Alaska as a vegan can be pretty daunting. There is hope though, in the sparsely populated vegan options on menus at places like Bear’s Tooth, Middleway Cafe and others. But you can also get sick of them pretty quickly.
So I decided to join some friends recently on a downtown crawl.
The brewery is located in the old Snow Goose space, and they have done an amazing job with the design. I would have taken more photos, but it was Iditarod weekend and the place was absolutely PACKED. To the gills. So apologies for that (you can find some photos on their website).
Waaay back in the day when I used to live in Alaska, the thought of surviving as a vegan was faint. This is, after all the place we decided to be at least vegetarian and that was hard enough.
When I returned to Los Anchorage a few months ago (and as a vegan this time), I was really impressed with just how much easier it was.
I mean, the Mooses’ Tooth lets you bring your own Daiya!
One of my friends suggested I check out the Middle Way Cafe, located in a strip mall sandwiched between anchor stores REI and Title Wave Books.
I was blown away by how vegan friendly they really were.
And, of course I ate there every day for a week.
One morning for breakfast I had the Huevos Rancheros with the vegan sub for blackened tofu and vegan sour cream. It was a great meal, but needed something. Maybe some soyrizo?
Another morning I raced over there in the sub zero temps for some VEGAN PANCAKES. Yep. They are in caps because they are awesome. Real maple syrup, vegan butter and fruit. A perfect normal breakfast.
They had a ton of other vegan options including a breakfast burrito and “Colours Tofu Snack” which is described on the menu as “A crunchy patty of beets, carrots, zucchinis, and leeks on a bed of home fries and ranchero sauce topped with blackened tofu, scallions and vegan sour cream.” Never had it, but will be next on my list.
I am so happy to see a place like this in Anchorage – and the fact it was been there for so long, and that the vegan options continue to grow.