Come to the Village (Inn)

AK Kid orders his own breakfast at the Village Inn on Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage

AK Kid orders his own breakfast at the Village Inn on Northern Lights Blvd. in Anchorage

What kid doesn’t like to go out to breakfast, especially while on vacation? That’s half the fun of going someplace; eating out and garnering all sorts of attention.

AK Fam decided this morning to give into our youngest child’s pleading for chocolate-chip pancakes and drove into Midtown Anchorage for one of the best breakfast spots in town. The Village Inn, one of three establishments in Alaska (all in Anchorage, btw) presents home-cookin’ at  its best, with an enormous side of service.

The Midtown store is located at 1130 E. Northern Lights Blvd, near Fred Meyer, and is always a busy place, especially on weekends, when shoppers, travelers, and folks who just want to set a spell with a pot of coffee all converge upon this clean and warm restaurant. A basket of children’s books is thoughtfully located near lobby seats for waiting parents, something we appreciated very much. Don’t be fooled by the crowds, though, for wait staff and hosts are prompt and courteous, always making sure that each diner is greeted personally and offered a cuppa joe upon seating. Such a wonderful way to begin a meal.

Kids are special guests, too. Some days a magician will provide entertainment table-to-table, and young patrons are offered a full menu of items just made for their sensitive palates, right down to the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (yes, from the box).

Today, however, it was all about those choco-chip pancakes with a side of sausage, and a fresh, cold cup of apple juice. AK Dad and I sampled the California Skillet and Denali Special, with potatoes, eggs, bacon and, in the case of my Cali, fresh spinach. Yum. A pot of coffee always sits on each table and our attentive server Kevin made sure we had plenty of extra everything (napkins, syrup, butter, and smiles).

Village Inn also specializes in home-made boxed lunches for traveling folks. Starting at around $10, one can get a 1/3 lb of meat on a sandwich, with chips and a cookie too. For $4 more one can ask for two sandwiches, which, the hostess told me, is what the fishermen (people) ask for on their way to a long day of river time. Orders can even be faxed in.

VI sports FREE Wi-Fi, a meeting room, and award-winning pies and desserts made from scratch. No wonder the place is always hopping, there’s just too much goodness in one building.

It may not be organic, it may not be fancy, but gosh golly, it sure fits the bill for a hungry family who just might need a little taste of home, Alaska-style. Amen to that.

Posted in Restaurants.