The Arctic Roadrunner has been at the top of my list for a long time followed closely by Burger Jim’s, and now solely in third place Tommy’s. This is because Long Branch, one of the first places I ever got a burger in Anchorage, had a kitchen fire and is out indefinitely. The original Arctic Roadrunner on Arctic Blvd was the one that got the top ranking with their Kenai Whopper, a double cheeseburger that was fucking on point. I decided to try their second location at Old Seward and International (across the street from the Peanut Farm or The Great Alaskan Bush Co. depending on your preference for drinking holes). This time I decided to try something a little different, the Kodiak Islander. It comes with mayo, lettuce, tomato, mild chili peppers, bologna, salami, ham, american cheese, mozzarella cheese and topped with an onion ring. Of course I was not disappointed. Their 1/4 lb patties are fresh pressed and not frozen, and they are actually cooked to order. I ordered it medium and it came out with some pink in the middle. Hard to find places that pull that off up here. Granted I would like a little more meat but it was juicy enough I didn’t care. Even with the amount of toppings they put on this burger they didn’t take away from the heart of a cheeseburger, the cheese and burger. You could still get a full beefy flavor in every bite. Their buns also do their job, just enough fluff and stability to hold the whole thing together. I would prefer the Kenai Whopper again next time I go, or their straight up bacon burger is pretty fucking good as well. The Kodiak is a nice twist though if you want something a little different.
This location is a much bigger venue than the original drive up stand on Arctic. Plenty of seating and has all kinds of Alaskan swag on the walls. This location is also great in the summer time with their patio seating right on the little stream that runs past it. One thing about both locations though is that they are cash only. The prices are pretty fair, my burger, medium fries and drink were around $11.50 and filled me up. I will be putting this place to the test when I get back from this event in California next month. Burger Jim’s and Tommy’s are coming for the belt, nobody stays on top forever. This isn’t the Mayweather of burger joints, it will have to fight Pacquioa to prove itself. Plus the Local Burgerman won’t beat your wife or girlfriend, it will treat her real respectable like. Even give her free refills if she wants.