We has lunch at The Crepery our first day in Fairbanks. The restaurant has great reviews online, and it’s easy to see why. The crepes are really awesome. They are also unlike any crepes I’ve had before.
The Crepery was started by a European couple who visited Fairbanks and decided to settle there. It serves savory and dessert crepes, as well as different types of coffee drinks. The space is rather small, but we were able to grab a couple of tables which the owner was very kind to put together. The crepes, however, are toasted and folded into triangles, so that you can actually hold them and eat them without having to use silverware.
I got the prosciutto and blue fig crepe and it was extremely delicious. I might have enjoyed a little bit more fig to add additional sweetness, but that’s a minor issue. I loved every single bite. I thought, at first, that the crepe would not be large enough to satisfy my hunger – not really a problem given that they also serve dessert crepes – but I was actually pretty full at the end, though to be fair I did end up eating some of Camila’s crepe as well.
Camila got the ham & cheese crepe. I thought it was delicious, I don’t know where they source their ingredients in Alaska, but they certainly do a great job. Camila, however, felt it had too much diced ham and, indeed, it was a generous serving. She did take much of it out and enjoyed her cheese crepe.
Mika had the tomato basil crepe. She’s been into caprese lately and this crepe really hit the spot, she thought it was delicious. Mike had similar feelings about his smoked salmon crepe.
At the end we were so full that we didn’t actually try any of the sweet crepes, and while we meant to go back, we never did. We should have.
535 2nd Ave
M-F 7 AM – 7 PM, Sa 9 AM – 6 PM, Su 11 Am – 5 PM
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine was recommended to us as one of the best Thai restaurants in Fairbanks (which has surprisingly many). While we liked the food at Tiparos better, Lemongrass is a much more upscale experience – and the food was very good.
We went there during what looked like the dinner rush a Monday evening in March, 2015. The place was packed and service was a little slow at first, but we didn’t care much as we had a lot of time to waste before taking our plane back home. Service during dinner, however, went very smoothly.
I played it safe and ordered my favorite Thai dish, mussaman beef ($14). It was lighter in color that I’m used to, and perhaps a little bit less intense in flavor, though it was somewhat spicy. It was very good, however. It was a large enough portion that I was able to share it with Mike (being our last night in Alaska, we didn’t want any leftovers). Mika had the pad thai ($14) as usual, and she also enjoyed it. Camila had the kid’s chicken satay ($6). The skewers were very small, but Camila thought they were very good.
In all, it was a very good dinner experience.
Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
388 Old Chena Pump Road
M-Sa 11am — 4pm, 5pm — 10pm
We went to Tiparos for dinner our first day in Fairbanks, in March 2015. It was recommended by the concierge at our hotel, who had heard it was the best Thai place in town. I only tried one other Thai restaurant, but I liked Tiparos better.
Tiparos is a humble place, it has a third worldly look to it with decorations thrown into the walls rather than carefully arranged. When we went there for dinner, perhaps before the dinner rush, the place was pretty empty but for some kids belonging to those who worked there. Despite that, service wasn’t particularly attentive – it took a while for the waitress to take our orders and later bring us the bill. She was very nice, however.
The food is what matters, however, and Tiparos it was very good. Los Angeles level good (which is saying a lot as LA has uniformly good Thai restaurants, unlike the Bay Area where I live).
I had the yellow curry with beef, and very much enjoyed the rich and fragrant curry. Mike had the panang curry with chicken and was just as delighted. Mika had the pad thai, and she gave it her stamp of approval while Camila had the chicken satay. That one was probably the least successful dish, I think the chicken needed more flavor.
I doubt I’ll return to Fairbanks, but if I did I’d have dinner there again.
Tiparos Thai Food
404 Lacey St.
We visited Fairbanks in March 2015 to see the northern lights and one of our days there we had a late lunch at the Cookie Jar. It was all in all a good experience and I’d go back if I was to visit Fairbanks again.
The Cookie Jar is a large coffeeshop style restaurant serving typical American food. The prices are reasonable for Fairbanks, though high for the continental US (that’s the case with most restaurants in Fairbanks). The decor is coffeeshop cute and the restaurant is divided into several dining rooms, so noise levels are quite manageable. Even though we were there for a late lunch, the place was pretty busy and there were quite a few families.
My vegetarian 12-yo had the Becca burger ($12), a black bean burger with cheddar cheese and guacamole. She thought it was very good.
My 10-yo was less pleased with her kid’s spaghetti ($8). She just didn’t like the sauce. I’m not sure why, as it was a generic tomato-based pasta sauce. She loved the garlic bread, however.
I had the Monte Cristo sandwich ($11): “two thick slices of bread dipped in egg batter then grilled with ham, turkey, Swiss, and cheddar cheese” and sprinkled with powdered sugar. It took a while to come to the table and when it did, it was missing the filling: they were just french toast slices. The waitress was very apologetic and brought me a substitute as soon as she could – I thought it was pretty funny. By the time I got it, however, I had filled up on my daughters’ fries, garlic bread and spaghetti, but I thought the sandwich was quite good. Fortunately our hotel had a fridge so I was able to enjoy the rest of it later.
Service was great, our waitress was both friendly and solicitous. All in all, a good experience.
The Cookie Jar Restaurant
1006 Cadillac Ct