Don't let the Midtown strip mall that houses Jens' put you off: this is one of Anchorage's best fine-dining establishments. The light and airy restaurant has a playful, energetic feel; a tribute to chef-owner Jens Haagen Hansen's outsized personality. Jens passed away in 2012 but his culinary legacy lives on thanks to his wife, Annelise, and chef Nancy Alip, who worked alongside Jens for 10 years. Colorful paintings grace red walls, and the incredibly friendly waiters make guests feel like they're the only ones that matter. The menu changes frequently, but it usually includes Alaskan salmon, halibut, and rockfish, along with such specialties as rack of lamb, tenderloin of veal, and an "almost world-famous" pepper steak. Chef Hansen's heritage reveals itself at lunch (when the Danish specials appear) and on the dessert menu; Danish berry pudding served with cream is a delightful way to cap a meal. For a light evening meal, sample the appetizers at the wine bar, where Jens holds court. Reservations are recommended, but Jens' can usually accommodate drop-ins.