Established in South Anchorage, the Southside (another in a long list of great Anchorage restaurants tucked away in nondescript strip malls) quickly became a local favorite for its artful treatments of Alaska seafood—the fresh scallop and risotto cake is delicious, as are veal, venison, and rack of lamb. A hardwood brick oven produces flatbreads and pizzas; cheesecakes, pastries, and ice creams are decorated with hand-painted designs. The wine list includes more than
100 mostly American wines, and the impressive beer menu includes brews made locally as well as beers from the Lower 48 and the rest of the world. If you're watching your budget, grab a seat on the bistro side of the restaurant and order from the bar menu—choose burgers, pizzas, appetizers, or one of our favorites, an excellent angel-hair pasta. Reservations are highly recommended.