If you’ve spent anytime around Anchorage, or known anyone who has spent time in the area, chances are that you’ve heard about Moose’s Tooth. This is a very popular and favorite restaurant for many Alaskans, for both the pizzeria and pub.
Where Did Moose’s Tooth Pizzeria Get Its Name?
Located at 3300 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage, Moose’s Tooth is now well-entrenched in Anchorage tradition. Opened in 1996, the well-known pizzeria is named after Moose’s Tooth Mountain. In the same Alaska mountain range of the highest mountain in North America, it is about 15 miles from Denali and has a height of over 10,000′. A pizzeria named after an Alaskan mountain definitely holds some unique interest, right?
Moose’s Tooth is a lively, busy restaurant. Chances are that no matter what time of day, week, or year you come – you will have to wait some time for a table. When we most recently went, we arrived on a weekday, around noon, in March. Definitely not peak season in Alaska! We waited about 20 minutes before they had a table ready for us, which is a very short wait for this restaurant.
But if you do have to wait, you won’t be bored. The restaurant has unique Alaskan art and posters everywhere that will keep your interest. If it’s nice enough, you can also wander around outside and wait for your buzzer to go off to alert you that your table is ready. There is a nice seating area outside, along with an old ski chair lift for the kids to have fun on.
However, if you have very hungry kids who need food literally “right this minute,” then I would not advise Moose’s Tooth for your family. While Moose’s Tooth does a fabulous job keeping things running quickly and smoothly, the truth is that Moose’s Tooth is one of the most popular restaurants in Anchorage and you will almost assuredly have to wait. The restaurant does not take reservations. If you plan a wait into your restaurant time, definitely stop by. But if you are looking for a restaurant to put food quickly in front of you, it is probably best to go elsewhere.
So how are the pizzas? Well, I’m going to be honest. The first time we went, I was not particularly impressed. We ordered takeout, and when we got it home, the cheese almost seemed crumbly (not stringy at all) and it seemed a little spicy to me. So we didn’t go back for a while. BUT…then we decided we wanted to go back and experience the full atmosphere of Moose’s Tooth with our kids in the restaurant vs. takeout. THIS time, I was impressed. The crust was delicious, and the cheese was stringy and amazing! The sauce on the Moose’s Tooth pizza is very unique to my taste buds – but in a good way.
While I am not sure that I would call it the best pizza in Alaska, I would say it was one of the best pizzas I had in Anchorage. And, when you go to Moose’s Tooth, you simply are not going just for the pizza. You are also going for the atmosphere – and the atmosphere of Moose’s Tooth is lively, upbeat, and very Alaskan.
Within Moose’s Tooth they also have their Broken Tooth Pub. Broken Tooth is another peak within the Alaska mountain range near Moose’s Tooth and Denali. While we have not tried the offerings from their pub and brewery, it is an option if you are into that sort of thing! If you check out their website, the brewery has won several awards.
Moose’s Tooth – An Anchorage Tradition
Moose’s Tooth has definitely entrenched itself in Anchorage tradition. It is worth stopping by to simply enjoy the atmosphere and experience, and they do have some very good pizzas. I have friends who say that the Mac N Cheese Pizza is AMAZING – loaded with Mac N Cheese and reindeer sausage. We’ve always stuck to the traditional Pepperoni Pizza as that is what our kids will eat, and we highly recommend it. If you have been exploring along the Turnagain Arm (such as seeing Beluga Point, hiking McHugh Creek, or birdwatching in Potter Marsh), this is a great restaurant to stop at, relax, and just enjoy what Alaska has to offer. Be sure to drop your favorite Anchorage restaurants in the comments below so we can check them out, and in the meantime – go follow our Instagram page!