So much so, that when we moved to Alaska, I figured I would spend my culinary excursions perusing the myriad of amazing seafood restaurants in Anchorage. There are certainly plenty of them! So who would have thought that our favorite place to eat when we are down in Anchorage would turn out to be a pizza joint?
The Moose’s Tooth is a peak in the Central Alaska Range, about 15 miles SE of Mt. McKinley. Named after this peak, the Moose’s Tooth Pizzeria and Pub is located in Mid-town Anchorage near Jeff’s dental practice. (I’m fairly certain he eats lunch there 2-3 times a week.)
It’s ranked #2 of 619 restaurants on TripAdvisor, so that’s saying something. Our most recent trip there was for Saige’s 9th birthday-her choice.
I love when you walk in and know you have entered an Alaska tradition. Posters adorn the walls touting festivals in Alaska, and the decor reflects the mountains and outdoor activities that surround Anchorage. It’s comfortable, friendly and busy! Expect to wait most anytime you show up.
But the real star is the food. The menu is simple: appetizers, pizza, a few sandwiches, and soups and salads. Dessert is available, but we haven’t made it to that menu yet.
Bridger loves chicken wings so we have to start with an order of the sweet and spicy Korean sauce variety. Let me just say, I’d take a bucket of the sauce home with me if they would let me. The house salads are generous and they serve a mean Blue Cheese dressing!
The pizza is honestly the best I have ever had (including the to die for pizza I had in Chicago). They do not skimp on the ingredients. The toppings are from classic simple to innovative and unexpected. They also have several different pizza sauces to choose from such as BBQ, pesto, white sauce and the secret Denali sauce.
I honestly can’t begin to describe the variety of pizzas they serve. You’ll just have to look at the menu in the link above and drool. Suffice it to say, they cover a lot of ethnic ground with a fusion of ingredients you wouldn’t normally put together.
Our family favorite is the Avalanche loaded with Pepperoni, Blackened Chicken, Bacon, Red Onions, Parsley, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Provolone, and Barbecue sauce. They are happy to do 1/2 and 1/2, even on the small pizzas, so if I want to indulge in Amazing Apricot, and Bridger wants his Buffalo Chicken, it’s not a problem.
The large pies are HUGE and the slices could likely double as a snowshoe they’re that big! We were shocked by the actual size! With a teenage boy and Jeff, embarrassingly, we don’t often have leftovers. I have to hide my face when the waitresses are shaking their heads that we actually ate the whole thing!
Expect to spend $20-30 for a large pie. It usually costs around $50-60 for the whole meal for our family of 5. (Just a tip, you pay that much for an entrée at many of the really good seafood places.)
Worth it if you have just one night in Anchorage? Absolutely! Jeff can make seafood at home that tastes as good as or better than the restaurants, but he can’t make pizza to match Moose’s Tooth.
If you ever get to Anchorage, let me know and I’ll come have a slice of pizza with you…I promise, you’ll thank me later.