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Photos: Standout appetizers in Anchorage

Lao fresh rolls from Pho Lena
Victoria Barber
Lao fresh rolls from Pho Lena
Victoria Barber
Surf and turf appetizer at Maxine's Fireweed Bistro
Victoria Barber
Prosciutto wrapped, feta-stuffed dates at Crush Wine Bistro
Victoria Barber
Victoria Barber

No offense to all those who keep themselves to three squares a day, but there's something special about the in-between meals -- the midnight ice cream snack, Sunday brunch, or french fries after a big night out. And then there are appetizers; perhaps because they're often designed for sharing, there's something undeniably convivial about these small plates.

From nachos to liver pate, some appetizers are so good they can make an entree an unnecessary afterthought. Of course, the best kind of app is a half-price one (ready for happy hour, anyone?), but to round out the field, Play asked some Anchorage foodies to weigh in on their local favorites. 

Read more: Small plate, great dish -- standout appetizers in Anchorage