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Sam's Sourdough Cafe
Ranked #34 of 255 Restaurants in Fairbanks
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch
Reviewed August 26, 2013

That first bite of Sourdough pancakes is unforgettable!. Speedy service, lots of smiles and GREAT FOOD. We ate there every morning of our time in Fairbanks (5 days).

Thank Chances99
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

This place is perfect for breakfast. I tried reindeer sausage and sourdough pancakes for the first time. Pretty good!

Thank Enviroguy93063
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The staff were perhaps not the most friendly we have ever encountered but they were efficient and helpful in their way and served excellent quality basic American food. Recommended.

Thank JohnfaeHuntly
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

After eating high priced foods for 2 weeks, I was just wanting something normal. Sam's provided a great distraction from everything I have had in the past. I had a simple corned beef hash and eggs and was very happy with the flavor. All of the members in our party were able to eat well and most everyone was full before our plates were empty. Alaska is on the expensive side, but I would consider this a great value for what we had on the other parts of our trip.

Thank Scott W
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

Sam's offers the best breakfast in town, all day long. In addition, meals other than breakfast are tasty and prompt. The place is clean and filled with friendly people, including the crew who constantly patrol the tables with coffeepots in hand and a ready greeting. This is not a fancy restaurant. Sam's serves home-style food in a relaxed, casual, and comfortable environment.

This morning, it was time again to let someone else do the cooking and cleanup for us. We went to Sam's. I had coffee and two huge sourdough pancakes (~$5). The fairest of the fair, seated across from me, devoured the poached special with English muffin substituted for toast (~$10). Patty appeared magically beside the table whenever our cups hinted at being low. Empty plates were cleared quickly and we lingered over coffee and watched a group of BMW motorcycle riders, obviously on tour, prepare for their next leg.

Breakfasts are not fancy; they are well prepared basic breakfasts, served in quantity. Omelets are generally more than we can eat at one sitting. We take home leftovers, but not today. We ate the whole thing. The sourdough, in particular, is particularly good, with its own unique flavor from years of maturing.

Sam's is a long time fixture in Fairbanks. It is one of the few restaurants that could come back after a devastating fire a few years ago, and come back even better. Back then, some brave soul dashed back inside to rescue the sourdough pot from the flames. We all waited for the reopening. Even the waitstaff waited it out and many familiar faces were present at the reopening. Some are still with Sam's.

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Thank akakie
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