Reward yourself during 100 Days of Downtown Dining

Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 24, 2013 

With the summer tourist season still a few months away, some downtown restaurants are looking to lure more locals this winter. To that end, Monday is the first of Anchorage Downtown Partnership's annual 100 Days of Downtown Dining.

"The more people that we can bring to downtown, the better downtown is," said Penny Smythe, director of marketing at the partnership, adding that the idea is also to get local diners to venture outside of their favorite spots and "maybe visit some new places you wouldn't normally go to."

Here's how it works: Diners can get a game card at any of the 21 participating downtown restaurants. Each visit at one of those establishments earns you one stamp on your game card. Six stamps from six different restaurants get you a $10 dining certificate. To redeem your certificate, take your card or mail it to the Anchorage Downtown Partnership office, 333 W. Fourth Ave., and the certificate will be for a restaurant chosen at random, though Smythe said there would be some wiggle room if the restaurant chosen was one you knew you didn't like. Twelve stamps from 12 restaurants equal one $25 certificate, while a sticker from each of the 21 participating business earns two $25 certificates.

If you don't have a calendar handy, 100 days from Monday is April 28, but as long as your stamps were acquired within that 100 day window, you can redeem prizes until May 15.

That's also when they'll announce the winner of the grand prize, which is a downtown get-away that includes a weekend stay at Hotel Captain Cook, an Allure Day Spa package and more incentives that Smythe said are still being ironed out. Every card you redeem also enters you into the grand prize drawing.

You can also "like" the 100 Days of Downtown Dining's Facebook page to keep up to date with daily specials at each restaurant.

Think you'll lose your game card before you can redeem it? New this year is the Perka app, which lets you earn stamps by checking in at each restaurant with your smartphone. After checking in, give your name to your server or cashier who will then confirm it.

Eat. Pay. Repeat. When you earn enough stamps, you can either visit the partnership office or call (279-5650) to redeem your certificate, which they'll send in the mail.

So just where is all this stamp action happening? Details are below.

 

Brown Bag Sandwich Co. / $$
400 D St.
277-0202
akbrownbag.com
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday

Meaty sandwiches, both hot and cold, with a couple veggie options, plus a couple free arcade games.

 

The Bubbly Mermaid Oyster Bar / $$
417 D. St.
(619) 665-2852
Noon-9 p.m. or later daily

As the name suggests, oysters, champagne and sparkling wine are featured. The hours are fairly fluid, with closing time dictated by the bar scene. Look for later hours on the weekend.

 

Crush Wine Bistro / $$
343 W. Sixth Ave.865-9198
diannesrestaurant.com
7 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday

A quick and easy lunch for downtown 9-to-5ers looking for a sandwich or the popular daily soup specials. Early risers can snag a breakfast burrito or hit up the baked goods.

 

Fletcher's / $$$
939 W. Fifth Ave., inside Hotel Captain Cook
276-6000
captaincook.com
11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. daily

Order a cocktail to go with your pasta or halibut; grab a beer to wash down a hand-tossed pizza.

 

Ginger / $$$425 W. Fifth Ave.
929-3680
gingeralaska.com
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. Dinner: 5-10 p.m. daily. Brunch: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Take a tour of each corner of the Pacific, from nachos to skewers to pho to panang curry.

 

Glacier BrewHouse / $$$
737 W. Fifth Ave.
274-2739
glacierbrewhouse.com
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Hearty pub food, pastas or seafood for beer aficionados.

 

Humpy's Alehouse
610 W. Sixth Ave.
276-2337
humpys.com
11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-2:30 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday

Another destination for beer lovers. Burgers, halibut tacos, wings and more, plus an extensive beer list.

 

McGinley's Irish Pub / $$
615 G St., Suite 101
279-1782
mcginleyspub.com
11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday

Grab a Guinness to wash down your shepherds pie or bangers and mash.

 

Midnight Sun Cafe / $$
245 W. Fifth Ave., No. 106
743-0572
7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday,9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Features an array of sandwiches and serves from K Bay Coffee in Homer.

 

Muffin Man (Cafe 817) / $$
817 W. Sixth Ave.
279-6836
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday

Try the Cobb or reindeer sausage sandwiches or get there early for breakfast.

 

Orso / $$$
737 W. Fifth Ave.
222-3232
orsoalaska.com
11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday

Plenty of Alaska seafood to choose from here.

 

Sack's Cafe and Restaurant / $$$
328 G St.
276-3546
sackscafe.com
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday

Another easy stamp for the seafood lovers.

 

Simon & Seafort's / $$$
420 L St.
274-3502
simonandseaforts.com
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Enjoy a steak and a bird's eye view of Cook Inlet.

 

Slippery Salmon / $$
115 E. 3rd Ave.
272-7561
4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, 4-10 p.m.

Plenty of pub food, plus a few pizza options.

 

Snow City Cafe / $$
1034 W. 4th Ave.
272-2489
snowcitycafe.com
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

Get your breakfast fix here.

Snow Goose / $$$
717 W. Third Ave.
277-7727
alaskabeers.com
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday

Home of Sleeping Lady Brewing Company and a menu full of American classics.

 

Sullivan's Steak House / $$$
320 W. Fifth Ave.
258-2882
sullivanssteakhouse.com
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday

Order a steak and settle in for a night of jazz on Fridays and Saturdays.

 

Sub Zero Microlounge / $$
612 F St.
276-2337
4 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Monday

High-end beers aplenty, with small plates and a couple pizza options.

 

Uncle Joe's Pizzeria / $$
428 G St.
279-3799
unclejoespizzeria.com
11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m. Sunday

In a hurry? Pop in and grab a quick slice.

 

Whale's Tail / $$$
939 W. Fifth Ave., inside Hotel Captain Cook
343-2220
captaincook.com
5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday

Give the self-serve wine dispenser a try and order from the sharable plates.

 

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