The Moose’s Tooth (Anchorage)

As I've said many times before, locals are usually the winning bet for finding out where to get the best food.  Arriving at the Embassy Suites Anchorage in the evening, my crew was famished . We asked the front desk clerk where we could grab a bite since it was already late (9:30 pm).  She told us we just had to try The Moose's Tooth Pub and Pizzeria around the corner-gourmet pizzas, salads, and other yummy treats … [Read more...]

Niggivikput-Our Place To Eat (Barrow)

If you are lucky enough or adventurous enough or both to head up to Barrow and you're looking for a good meal, you've just got to check out Niggivikput at the Top of The World Hotel.  After our plane ride from Fairbanks we were famished and had just enough time to grab some lunch before our tour of Barrow with Tundra Tours.  Lucky for us the hotel where the tour leaves from had a wonderful restaurant named … [Read more...]

Gwin’s Lodge (Cooper Landing)

Sometimes you're starving and you pick out a place and hope for the best. Every once it a while (you breathe a sigh of relief as) you are happily blown away when it exceeds your expectations and everyone leaves happy and satisfied. Looking for a place to eat along the Sterling Highway, the kids and I stumbled across Gwin's lodge and decided to give it a try and man are we glad we did. Looking at the menu we … [Read more...]

Kingfisher Roadhouse (Cooper Landing)

After an afternoon fly fishing on the Kenai river we asked our guide TJ where was the best place to eat in town. He rattled off a few names that he said were really good, but when he mentioned the Kingfisher Roadhouse his eyes lit up and waxed poetic about a burger that sounded off the charts fantastic. Well, as soon and we loaded up, we made a bee line straightaway.  At night this place apparently gets absolutely … [Read more...]

Fuji Japanese Restaurant (Fairbanks)

  Driving around a new city looking for a place to eat especially when everyone is starving can be a daunting experience.  We Yelp, and Urban Spoon  and even Open Table, but our best suggestions always come by word of mouth, from some nice local person we happen to meet.  And that's how we discovered a true culinary gem-Fuji Japanese Restaurant. Click Here to see their awesome website that will whet your … [Read more...]

Cosmos (Ft. Wayne)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Driving down from Lansing to Indianapolis everyone was starving so we decided to stop for lunch in Ft. Wayne and found a family friendly restaurant called Cosmos. The restaurant was warm and welcoming and proudly operated by the Bourounis Family. The menu was pretty extensive, in fact it was huge (and so were the portions as we were about to discover) so I wasn't worried about everyone finding something they might … [Read more...]

BD’s Mongolian Grill (Dearborn)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

My kids and I had discovered BD's Mongolian Grill on Trip #10 in Milwaukee and could not wait to try it again.  We were thrilled to discover a location in Dearborn right near our hotel and could not wait to see what our travel buddies Yvonne, Abigail and Jacob thought about it. When we arrived it was absolutely packed with a 35-45 minute wait for dinner.  This place is incredibly popular and for good reason so … [Read more...]

Lemongrass Thai Cuisine (Fairbanks)

Reading all the reviews of the dining options in Fairbanks we were a little disheartened by the lack of overwhelmingly positive experiences. I combed through Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Urban Spoon searching desperately for a good dining option.  There was so much negative, from rude service, to tasteless food, and way too expensive. The only place that had consistent positive reviews no matter where we checked was … [Read more...]

Perkins (Minneapolis)

Perkins (Minneapolis)

If you don't know already, The Explore All 50 crew loves Perkins.  It's just all around, no frills good food with something to satisfy every taste.  Wherever we are and we're at a loss about the local fare, and everyone is too tired and hungry to be experimental, we see if there is a local Perkins.  Such was the case in Minneapolis.  After a long day of driving and some sketchy food in Iowa, we needed a place we … [Read more...]

Gold Star Chili (Cincinnati)

Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky

Apparently if you really want to sample the flavor of Cincinnati, you've got to try Gold Star Chili.  I like chili but I am not a huge fan, however,since this IS the flavor of Cincinnati I figured we just had to try it.  We got the 411 on this place because my boyfriend Jordan's college roommate is the son of one of the Daoud brothers, the founders of what has become a Cincinnati institution.  The Daoud family, … [Read more...]