Residing in Anchorage’s old Willow Lake Tavern building, Selena’s serves up a fusion of Creole and Sicilian cuisine. If the food doesn’t lure you in, the atmosphere will, with a spacious wraparound patio for al fresco dining during warm months and a cozy indoor dining room with a charming fireplace.
The perennially popular eatery offers outdoor seating and a brunch menu served all day Saturday and Sunday. The tomato-dill soup is a house specialty, and salads and sandwiches include names like The Naturalistic and The Louis XIV (chicken salad with apple slices and lettuce).
Breakfast lovers shouldn’t miss Meridian Cafe. Offerings include superb French toast, a bagel sandwich with smoked salmon and wilted spinach, and hearty pastrami hash. If you’re more into lunch, check out the white bean burger or shitake mushroom sandwich.
The attraction here is the view from a spectacular perch on the 25th floor of the Galt House’s West Tower, courtesy of two revolving dining rooms that provide a panorama of both sides of the Ohio River. The dinner menu incorporates influences from classic American and European cuisines.
Chinese classics like stir-fries and spring rolls share space with signature dishes including beef or chicken in a spicy Grand Marnier reduction and lamb in ginger-black bean sauce. The drink list includes house martinis like the pineapple cosmo and infused Finlandia vodka martinis.