Eating Out: Anchorage, Alaska
There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines.
M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy with an attitude and seven types of tasty grilled dogs – including one with a little bit of Rudolph in it. The reindeer meat, too lean to hold together alone, is mixed with pork and beef. It’s the hands-down crowd favorite, every bite delivering a pleasing crunchy pop.
This is Michael Anderson’s hot dog stand, a mobile feast beneath a big green umbrella near the corner of Fourth Avenue and F Street, parked outside the Federal Building. He’s been selling dogs downtown for 22 years during Alaska’s summer tourist season, even on the rainiest days, and he’s such a draw that an adjacent competitor started using a green umbrella too.