All Reviews by alaskahockey

  • Walmart Supercenter 8900 Old Seward Hwy, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 344-5300

    5 stars Posted on 11/03/2009 04:00pm

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    Anchorage is so long overdue for a mega Walmart like this! I've been to other superstores on the east coast, but I'm actually more impressed with the one we have right here in Anchorage. Maybe it's because we don't have sales taxes here.. or maybe it's that they beat out all the other grocery stores on (most) prices.. whatever it is, I love the new Wallyworld and am happy to see them open! If I had to ding them on something.. it would be that their seafood department is nothing more than a freezer section. Unlike all other grocery stores, they don't offer fresh wild Alaska seafood displayed on ice. Come on guys --- this is ALASKA where we like our seafood FRESH and WILD CAUGHT !! I'll give them a pass on that though because the rest of the store is so well stocked and has a very nice layout. Anchorage is loaded with grocery stores; including countless Carrs/Safeways and Fred Meyers (I lost track of how many of each we have), two Target superstores, two massive Costcos, two large Sams Clubs, two New Sagaya oriental markets, a large Natural Pantry, a midtown Walmart and New Seward Mega store, and tons of smaller asian and hispanic grocers as well as a smaller neighborhood ""Red Apple"" market. There is definitely no shortage of shopping options in this city. But I say kudos to Walmart for keeping their prices so low that they have all the other places running sales! ;o) I really like the fact that our Walmart sells local dairy milk (Matanuska Maid) cheaper than any other grocer in the city! I also like that they stock a good deal of Alaska grown vegetables. I still shop other stores when there's a deal too good to be true, and of course... for super fresh seafood, I'll go wherever the best deal on wild (NOT FARMED) Alaska seafood can be found. :o)
  • Riehl Sew N Vac 3400 Spenard Rd, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 563-2909

    5 stars Posted on 11/03/2009 04:00pm

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    They do an excellent job of keeping enough items in stock that when you're looking for something like a rare machine light bulb, etc.., chances are good that they'll have it. In the instance that they don't have an item, they'll actually call over to other sewing centers to track the item down. They no longer hold sewing classes at their location, however, they do maintain a current list of ongoing classes and instructors. I say kudos to them for that! Riehl Sew'N Vac isn't on the main drag and you probably need to check the map the first time you head over there. Overall, I give them a great rating because they run an excellent shop, they are professional and friendly, and they bend over backwards locating those hard to find items for you.
  • Salvation Army Family Store 501 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 344-1053

    5 stars Posted on 10/03/2009 05:00pm

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    I'm not certain which of the stores in Anchorage the prior rater was talking about as far as items not being priced, but I rarely come across that problem @ Dimond or Northern Lights. I haven't been to the 3rd location in quite some time so I can't attest to that location. In the rare instance I do come across an item that has no price tag, I've never had a problem getting someone to price it almost immediately. One downside to the Dimond location (and for out-of-towners, yes- ""Dimond"" is the correct spelling), is that often times they accept donations of furniture that should probably be taken to the dump; not to a thrift shop. I think one reason they wind up with (sometimes) furniture in poor condition, is that so many people drop off their old furniture in the 24-hour drop off areas rather than making a trip and paying $5 to go to the landfill. It seems to me that the Northern Lights location is a little better about hauling off the furniture in extremely poor condition and not putting it out for resale, but perhaps it's just that they have the larger furniture area? One other section of the stores that I usually cruise through, but rarely shop at, are the glassware and kitchen appliances. You can find awesome items in that section, but you have to pretty much be there as they're loading the shelves. As far as clothing goes, of course you're going to come across some items that are in need of repair .. but for the amount of clothing they have, they do an excellent job of trying to make sure most items are in good shape. I'd say that just about every time I go there to look at clothing items, I've wound up buying brand new, tags still on, clothing that are priced LOW! My last stop @ Dimond, I bought some stellar Levi ""Silver tab"" button-up jeans, BRAND NEW, for $4.00. You cannot beat that! What I like best about all of the area Salvation Army thrift shops though are their sales! Wow.. Wow.. WOW! They color code the tags, so look at the sales board when you first walk in to see which clothing, furniture or other misc. items are on sale. It is very common to find racks and racks of clothing for 75% off and other racks for 50% off. The books are also a major bargain! Some people don't like second hand shops, but for those who do... the Salvation Army thrift shops in Anchorage are fantastic places to shop at!
  • H2Oasis Indoor Water Park 1520 Omalley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507 (907) 522-4420

    5 stars Posted on 07/18/2009 05:00pm

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    H2 Oasis is a medium-sized indoor waterpark located in South Anchorage. \r \r They have several different slides entering into the pool, including a large windy body slide that circles around most of the pool areas.\r \r There is a wave pool, regular pool, kiddy pool, two large hot tub areas, a lazy river for floating the whole area of the building, and numerous built-in water toys for children to play with.\r \r One area where H2 Oasis excels is in providing ample supervision as far as lifeguards go. They definitely are on the ball in the area of safety!!\r \r There are quite a few areas around the various pools where people can sit or lay on beach chairs when not in the water. \r \r On busy days, it as loud as any indoor pool facility with the sound of children playing and laughing. \r \r One of the things I love about H2 Oasis is that aside from being an indoor water park, the facility opens up the lazy river to anyone wanting exercize on M > W > F from 7am to 10am (double check their website for any changes to times, days).. Not only is this very affordable, but it works out well for those who want a heavier workout (walking against the current) to those who are older or just want very mild excersise (walking with the current). Shower & dressing area is included in the small daily fee, or you can purchase punch-cards for 12 visits.\r \r Above the pool area are 3 or 4 food vendors offering cold drinks, snacks, pizza, etc.. Not fine dining by any means ;-) ... just a place to grab a quick drink, ice cream or snack.\r \r There are picnic tables all along the top balcony area which can be rented for children's birthday/pool parties. This is a great idea, but the chlorine from the pool seems to rise to this area and (unlike the pool area) is really noticable. They recently installed a giant new ceiling fan to help remedy the problem and when I try the area again, I'll update this if the problem has been remedied.\r \r The birthday areas can also very warm in the summertime, so bring a cooler if you're bringing in your own icecream! They do offer a couple of air-conditioned party rooms at slightly higher costs.\r \r There is also a small arcade area in the upper balcony, and recently a suntanning business has been added. Showers are free, and lockers can be rented if needed.\r \r Because the pool is open daily and stays fairly busy, the rim along the pool wall above the waterline can start to get discolored and somewhat dirty. I believe they close the pool twice a year for cleaning and re-painting, but I think it could stand to be done even more frequently than that.\r \r H2 Oasis does a good job of trying to create a tropical retreat in a cold winter city, and I'm very thankful that they're here. I hope that sometime down the road, they'll be able to expand their building to make it even larger .. but in the meantime, it's worthy of a great rating just the way it is!!
  • Sushiya 1111 E Dimond Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99515 (907) 522-2244

    4 stars Posted on 07/18/2009 05:00pm

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    Small sushi joint located in what used to be a fast food restaurant (Kenny Rogers Chicken was once in same location).\r \r The service at Susha Ya is always cordial and friendly, and so far - everything I've tried has been fresh and delicious.\r \r The plating of the sushi is very artful and beautiful.\r \r It's almost like the Sushi Ya reads these reviews, because they really are striving to become one of the best sushi spots in Anchorage. With as much competition as there is around here, it may take a while for them to take top honors.. but I have to give them credit for trying! :o)\r \r
  • Bear Tooth Theater Pub 1230 W 27th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99503 (907) 276-4200

    5 stars Posted on 07/18/2009 05:00pm

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    Bear Tooth Theatre (owned by Mooses Tooth Pizza) is a very cozy theatre in which every other row has been taken out and tables for dining installed. Don't go here expecting ""first run"" movies -- the bonus in waiting to see movies after they've been out for a few months, is that at Bear Tooth they only cost $3.00 to see them. :o) Not to mention the food!! And about that food... wow. They serve incredibly fresh fish tacos with on fresh corn tortillas, guacamoli, shredded lettuce, cilantro, salsa.. etc. An order of tacos (unless you REALLY eat a lot) is ample!! If you like Mooses Tooth Pizza (and who in Anchorage doesn't?) you'll be pleased to find the same awesome pizza at Bears Tooth. You'll find many of the same ales as Mooses Tooth serves, but if you want a great non-alcoholic drink.. try their incredible rootbeer on tap. ~~YUM~~ For locals ~ if you sign up for Bear Tooth's monthly movie e-mail, you'll be able to see what movies are coming.. and will be able to get tickets before the crowds ;o)! They also alert you of upcoming concerts and other fun events! Gotta LOVE Bear Tooth Theatre!!!
  • Glacier Brew House 737 W 5th Ave Ste 110, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 274-2739

    5 stars Posted on 06/07/2009 05:00pm

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    Glacier Brewhouse is listed under bars/pubs on this site, but in actuality - it is a restaurant that has a brewpub in it.\r \r They make an incredible Thai Chicken pizza that rocks! Thin crust baked in a brick oven with a yummy peanut/thai sauce. It was tv cook Rachel Ray's favorite when she visited the Glacier Brewhouse! The pizzas are ""personal size"" and are intended for one person, although one (with a salad, chowder, or appetizer) would be perfect for two people. I prefer bringing home the leftovers! ;-)\r \r The seafood chowder here is awesome and the fresh brews are fantastic. Love the homemade lemonade as well.\r \r Very nice atmosphere~~\r \r
  • Twin Dragon Mongolian Bar-B-Q 612 E 15th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 (907) 276-7535

    4 stars Posted on 06/07/2009 05:00pm

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    More pros & cons~~\r \r Pros~ Selections of chinese bowls that are cooked on the hot wok for you include chicken, pork, beef, numerous fresh veggies, pasta & at least 8 different sauces.\r \r The price of dinner also includes a salad bar and a hot buffett with items such as sesame chicken, hotwings, panko breaded fish, etc...\r \r Cons~~ One would think with a business that has thrived in the same location for so long and which has stayed consistently busy, would invest at least some money back into the business. Some of the booths are ready for an upholstery job and the interior could use some fresh paint and a little sprucing up.\r \r Foodwise- While the hot bowls of ingredients you select are great, the buffett is only at its best if the staff have the time to rotate out the dishes before they suffer heat lamp dryness. That problem comes with the territory of any buffett style restaurant anywhere and simply goes with the territory.\r \r Twin Dragon needs to add fresh cilantro aka chinese parsley) to its cold veggie bar for adding to the hot bowls or other hot dishes. The asian flavors are just screaming for it! Hopefully since so many have suggested this, they'll add some fresh cilantro SOON ~ :-)\r \r