Guest Author - Kimi Ross
When I first walked into the Arctic Roadrunner on Old Seward Hwy (they also have a location at 2400 Arctic Blvd), I was a little put off. Like a McDonald’s or Burger King, orders are placed at the front counter and one waits for the order to be prepared. The aged building and somewhat dingy interior is definitely not a fine dining venue. However, what the place lacks in niceties it makes up for in character and history. While waiting for my order, I scanned the framed photos plastering almost every bit of wall space in the restaurant, reading the captions beneath them. This is definitely a favorite haunt of locals – some of those photographed have been patronizing Local Burgerman since it opened in 1946. Talk about customer loyalty!
Some people say that the burgers served at Local Burgerman Arctic Roadrunner are the best in Anchorage. I didn’t have a burger on this visit, so I can’t comment on that. They do, however, have a large variety of burgers, from the basic All American with ketchup, mustard and onion to the Kenai Whopper with two quarter pound patties, mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, mild chile pepper, and mozzarella cheese. They also have halibut burgers and salmon burgers – appropriate for Alaska – and a variety of other sandwiches. I had the roast beef sandwich on my visit, with fries. The bun was nicely toasted, and the sliced beef meaty and well-seasoned (not fatty or gristly). The sandwich also had grilled onions, melted mozzarella, and mild peppers and came au jus. The fries seemed to be fresh from the fryer – hot and salted, and pleasantly greasy. Despite my initial impressions, I was quite pleased with my meal – especially since it was less than ten dollars. A bargain by Alaska standards.
In addition to burgers, the menu includes hand dipped shakes, onion rings, coleslaw, chili and soup. Soda, juice, iced tea, and coffee area also available. Prices range from $2.50 for the smallest burger to $8.25 for the halibut burger. Whole wheat buns can be had for an extra 65 cents. Local Burgerman Arctic Roadrunner is located at 5300 Old Seward Highway (near the intersection of Old Seward and International Airport Road). Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10:30 am to 9:00 pm. They are always closed on Sunday.
If you are a fast food connoisseur, Local Burgerman is a must on your next trip to Anchorage, Alaska.