The Local – Fairbanks AK

6450 Airport Way

Fairbanks International Airport

Fairbanks, AK 99709

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Located past the small TSA checkpoint at the Fairbanks International Airport, The Local serves up a small menu with simple American dishes. The only other food option at this location would be the Starbucks that shares the same seating area. After reviewing the menu at the front of the restaurant, we proceeded to the bar area to place our order.

Today, we decided to order the smoked salmon dip and the 3 alarm burger. After ordering, we were given a number tent to bring to a table so that the server can bring the food over once ready. After a short wait, the smoked salmon dip arrived. The two large dollops of dip went well with the slices of pita bread. The dip was fairly hard to spread because it was thick, but the flavor of the smoked salmon was present. However, after eating more of the spread, all you can really taste is the cream cheese. The 3 alarm burger earns its name because although the first bite may not seem spicy, the heat really creeps up on you. The burger patty was fairly small, but it was juicy and appetizing. The substituted Parmesan tater tots were extremely crispy, which went well with ketchup. The shredded Parmesan was a bit disappointing since it did not really stick to the tots.

Overall, The Local serves up decent American food, but food was only mediocre. Prices are fairly high for what you receive. There were not many other people eating at the restaurant, but the airport wasn’t that busy either. If you are hungry and happen to be at the Fairbanks airport, The Local will do just fine in satisfying your cravings, but if you are not that hungry, you can probably get by with Starbucks.

The Cookie Jar Restaurant – Fairbanks AK

1006 Cadillac Ct

Fairbanks, AK 99701

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Located right off the Johansen Expressway behind a couple car dealerships, The Cookie Jar serves up large portions of traditional American cuisine along with some of their own creative creations. Upon deciding that we were going to give this restaurant a try, we also found out that Guy Fieri visited this restaurant for his show a while back. Although we did not decide to order any of the items he tried, it was still nice to know that this location has some fame. After we entered the restaurant, we were quickly seated in an available table near a window. There seemed to be plenty of locals eating at this establishment. A server came by to provide us with waters and to answer any questions. After quickly reviewing the menu, we were ready to order.

Today, we decided to try the chili cheese fries, meatlover omelette, and stuffed Nolan’s. The chili cheese fries arrived first. The cheese was extremely gooey and seemed to be melted American cheese slices over a savory chili. I liked how there were minimal beans in the chili, which went well with the fries and gooey cheese. It did take some time before our entrees arrived, but it was acceptable. The meatlover omelette came hot from the kitchen. The omelette had plenty of meat stuffed inside the egg including sausage, bacon, and ham. There was not a lot of flavor from the omelette itself, but it was fulfilling. The hash browns were cut into a true rectangle and was scorching hot. It was tasty, but was also extremely greasy. The included biscuit was fluffy, and tasted good with butter and honey. The stuffed Nolan’s was an interesting sight since it was a large cinnamon roll sliced in half with cream cheese in between. A large portion of whipped cream was to the side of the strawberry covered pastry. The cinnamon roll was soft and sweet, but after a few bites, all of the sweetness was a bit much. The dish was still quite delicious until it got too sweet. The dish did come with two sausages, which helped balance the sweetness a bit.

Overall, The Cookie Jar does serve up some hearty American food, but some items like the omelette were lacking in flavor. The stuffed Nolan’s was definitely something interesting. Although it is very sweet, it is still something I would recommend ordering to share. The server did check on us often, and prices for breakfast are reasonable. If you are in Fairbanks, you should definitely give The Cookie Jar a try.

Tiparos – Fairbanks AK

404 Lacey St

Fairbanks, AK 99701

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Located in downtown Fairbanks, Tiparos is one of several Thai eateries within a 1 mile radius. After pulling up to the icy parking lot, we entered the restaurant where the server handed us menus and directed us to sit anywhere we liked. After finding a seat, the server came by with waters while we reviewed the menu. The menu consisted of a large variety of traditional Thai cuisine. When the server came back around, we were ready to order.

Today, we decided to order a Thai tea, red curry with pork, and pad Thai with chicken. The Thai tea came first and tasted authentic. After a brief wait, both the curry and noodles arrived. The red curry with pork was quite flavorful and there was an adequate amount of pork that came with the dish. There was an over-abundance of bamboo slices, but that was OK. The curry went well when smothered over the rice. The pork was tender and tasty. The pad Thai came with an adequate amount of chicken, but I would have liked a few more pieces instead of the included pieces of tofu. I had ordered the pad Thai medium spicy, and they delivered that amount of heat perfectly.

Overall, Tiparos serves up authentic Thai cuisine in a town full of Thai restaurants. The pad Thai was delicious and not overly-sweet. Service was pretty good, but it was a bit odd to be handed menus to be brought to your own table. Prices were very reasonable for the amount of food received. Given another chance to locate good tasting Thai food in Fairbanks, I would definitely still suggest Tiparos.

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