Near the Anchorage Weekend Market & Festival , pop in for a coffee or picnic lunch to enjoy on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail (this is the URL you can ... More
Sweet Basil Cafe
Near the Anchorage Weekend Market & Festival , pop in for a coffee or picnic lunch to enjoy on the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail (this is the URL you can cut and paste into cityguides and other documents). Local artists' work is displayed in this colorful, up-beat cafe with metallic decor. Breakfasts have terrific options of coffee drinks and scones, Oatmeal with Fresh Berries and Raisins, large waffles or muffins and bagels. Lunches include homemade soups and sandwiches and several daily special entrees, typically a fish with pasta dish. Beverages include wine and beer.
We are giving this restaurant poor rather than awful only because our server was good.
The fish taco was ridiculously large, crammed full of greens, in a crisp flour shell that disintegrated at first touch.
The Buba Salad (aka chef salad) seemed nice, but it would be better to have a choice of dressing. Disgustingly there were at least two hairs in the Parmesan Pasta. That pretty much ended all food intake at our table.
Had the Jamiacan Tomato corn soup, it was great! My friend had the spinach and ham, also great. There is a serious lack of good soup in thes town!!
Had the melted roast beef and tilamook sandwich on the basil bread. It had lettace and tomato and a nice dressing. Very good. So much meat it came a couple of inches off the bread which I lovingly trimmed off and saved for my bulldog who was waiting in the car.
They have comfort dinners available to take to go. A goat cheese lasagna, pot pie and others. They looked good. I look forward to trying one another day.
I was pleasantly surprised with the food. Very eclectic in an artsy way. Try it once, you may agree.
The most outstanding feature of this nice little place is Tanya Newall, one of the two talented chef-owners who, along with husband Simon present their frequently returning clientel with outstanding choices of freshly baked bread, excellent soups, sandwiches, daily entree specials and belt stretching desserts. Wow! The desserts. You gotta try them if nothing else. Daily tarts, brownies, scones, giant cookies, unimaginable torts and if you really feel special, the wonderful truffles.
Occasionally the next generation Newall chef pops in to help out during the mid-day rush, keeping the regulars entertained and his mom and dad hopping.
The true entertainer in the group is Simon who works the front and keeps his fans on their toes with his profound knowledge of baseball stats, although he doesn't always know who's on first, he gets away with it with his endearing charm and charisma. And his old Boston Red Sox fanaticism.
Try it, you'll like it.
I've been here over a dozen times since this cafe moved from downtown, and love it! The soups are innovative and almost always worth having, and the sandwiches are HUGE! I've never had room for dessert, but they look wonderful. The basil bread is messy but delicious.
I also have driven by numerous times but this time decided to try them out. My boyfriend and I were both on our lunch hours so we decided to call ahead in hopes that the meal would be ready for us to eat when we got there. It was a snowy day, we were the only ones there, wasn’t sure what to think of that; no patrons.. Usually a bad sign. But to our delight they delivered our food to us before we had our coats off. I ordered soup; spinach and mushroom, spinach ribbons, sliced mushrooms in a light cream broth and moose pass salad, the greens were very fresh, cherry tomatoes were unbelievably tasty for Alaska, and the dressing had lots of garlic.. Just the way I like it! Very fresh! And Veggie juice; blended with the perfect combination of veggies. All was fresh and superb! My boyfriend ordered the piper club; the bread was wonderful, cut thick and sooo soft! The turkey was fresh turkey (not the deli stuff) and the bacon was nice and crispy, it was also very fresh and a pink flamingo smoothie was blended perfectly. The restraunt was decorated in an Avant garb way, very cute! We ended up taking a lot of our food to go, the amount of food you get is enormous. Even though we both were VERY stuffed I could not pass on trying some of their desserts. We got a piece of raspberry chocolate cake (huge piece) to go. I am happy to say that I had the left over for dinner, just as good the second time around.
As you can tell by my review we were VERY pleased with our meal, service and the energy within the restraunt. We could tell that the food was prepared with love and passion. We will definitely return, and will recommend the Sweet Basil Cafe to all. ENJOY!!
This is one of the first places I take new comers to Anchorage to eat. From the first moment I stepped foot into the cafe, I new that this was going to be a place I was going to love! The family atmosphere. The fresh fruit blended into smoothies in front of you. Being both a military brat and military now myself, I have eaten at alot of cafes in a lot of little places, but none have had food or atmosphere like Sweet Basil.