By Sean Bess


Welcome to Eielson AFB! The base first opened in 1943 and today has a population of more than 9,000 personnel. This includes 2,769 active duty personnel, 2,470 family members, 1,674 civilians and contractors, 714 tenant units, and 2,391 retirees. Below you will find a list of popular restaurants on Eielson AFB and in the surrounding area of Fairbanks where you can spend some time sharing a meal and getting to know some new friends and coworkers on base. Maybe you already know what kind of food you’re in the mood for. If so, click any of the links below to go straight to the information. Because of coronavirus restrictions, it is best to call ahead to confirm restaurant hours before you go. (1-4) Eielson AFB Food Court (5-6) Barbecue Near Eielson AFB (7-10) Mexican Cuisine Near Eielson AFB (11-16) Steak and Seafood Restaurants near Eielson AFB (17-20) Asian Cuisine near Eielson AFB (21-22) American Cuisine near Eielson AFB (23) Pizza near Eielson AFB (24) Breakfast near Eielson AFB

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Eielson AFB Restaurants

On Eielson AFB there are a couple of convenient, quick eats available.

Eielson AFB Food Court

451 Broadway Ave. Building 3338 Eielson AFB, AK 99702


: 1 (907) 372 1640 The food court at the Eielson AFB Exchange offers a variety of dining choices, including Charleys Philly Steaks, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway, and Burger King. For information on more Eielson AFB restaurants, visit the exchange website.

1. Subway


: 1 (907) 372-1166

2. Charleys Cheesesteaks


: 1 (907) 372-2155

3. Papa John’s Pizza


: 1 (907) 372-4141

4. Burger King


: 1 (907) 372-2158

Best Restaurants in Fairbanks

There are tons of restaurants in Fairbanks, and no matter what you’re in the mood for, it’s likely that the city has it. BBQ, upscale, and casual dining are easily accessible. With so many great choices, which restaurants are truly the best? That depends on who you ask.

Barbecue Places

5. Big Daddy's BBQ & Banquet Hall

107 Wickersham St. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 452-2501 At Big Daddy’s BBQ & Banquet Hall diners can enjoy bbq nachos and quesadillas, as well as bbq sandwiches, ribs, and more.

6. Aloha BBQ Grill

402 5th Ave. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 479-7770 Aloha BBQ Grill gives patrons a taste of Hawaiian cuisine with its island interpretations of bbq, burgers, and fried noodle dishes. Mexican Cuisine Near Eielson AFB

Mexican Cuisine

7. Gallo's Mexican Restaurant

60 College Rd. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 455-9225 Gallo's Mexican Restaurant has been a staple in Alaska for more than 35 years and offers all of your favorite Mexican dishes, such as enchiladas, tostados, taquitos, and a large variety of lunch specials.

9. El Dorado

530 3rd Ave. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 328-2900 El Dorado is known for their Tex-Mex cuisine, along with other traditional options like menudo and tamales.

10. Taco Azteca

3401 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99709


: 1 (907) 455-8226 Local guides on Google have declared Taco Azteca “best mexican food in Fairbanks.” This place serves large portions of all the favorites by a friendly and attentive staff.

North Pole

11. Outlaw Tamales
302 N. Santa Claus Ln. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 347-0177 Outlaw Tamales promises patrons the best tamales you can find in North Pole and Fairbanks. Steak and Seafood Near Eielson AFB

Steak and Seafood

11. Roundup Steakhouse & Saloon

2701 S. Cushman St #6646 Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 479-3663 Roundup Steakhouse & Saloon is open 7 days a week and stays open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.

12. Brewster's Northgate

354 Old Steese Hwy Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 374-9663 Brewster's Northgate has an extensive menu that includes their Alaskan Halibut Sandwich, their signature Brewster’s Top Sirloin, and a selection of other steak and seafood options.

13. Red Lantern Steak & Spirits

813 Noble St. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 459-7725 Swing by Red Lantern Steak & Spirits to enjoy their calamari, their baked brie and crab dip, their reindeer meatloaf sandwich, or perhaps their steak and frites.

14. Wolf Run Restaurant

3362 Wolf Run Fairbanks, AK 99709


: 1 (907) 458-0636 Wolf Run Restaurant provides diners with staple steakhouse dishes, such as surf and turf, prime rib, pork chops, and more.

15. Zach’s Restaurant

1717 University Ave. S. Fairbanks, AK 99709


: 1 (907) 479-3650 The menu at Zach’s restaurant includes handcrafted cocktails, Alaskan beers, and popular comfort food dishes like ribs, meatloaf, and stroganoff.

16. The Pump House Restaurant Fairbanks

796 Chena Pump Rd Fairbanks, AK 99709


: 1 (907) 479-8452 The Pump House Restaurant Fairbanks offers guests great steak and seafood dishes in a unique, picture-perfect setting by the Chena River Asian Cuisine Near Eielson AFB

Asian Cuisine

17. fushimi Japanese

607 Old Steese Hwy. Fairbanks, AK 99701


: 1 (907) 328-0988 If you are craving sushi make sure to swing by fushimi Japanese and try some of their fresh sashimi or sushi rolls.

18. Simply Thai

3611 Rewak Dr. Fairbanks, AK 99709


1 (907) 455-8646 Simply Thai boasts delicious Thai favorites, such as Pad Thai, Drunken Noodle, and a great selection of curry dishes.

North Pole

19. Pagoda Chinese Restaurant & Bar
431 N Santa Claus Ln. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 488-3338 Pagoda Chinese Restaurant & Bar first opened in 1990 and is located in the heart of North Pole, Alaska. Swing by and try some of their Chinese cuisine prepared by Chef Benny Lin.
20. Thai Cuisine Restaurant
537 St. Nicholas Dr. A. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 488-8260 Thai Cuisine Restaurant offers diners delicious, fresh, reasonably priced Thai dishes. American Cuisine Near Eielson AFB

American Cuisine

North Pole

21. Elf's Den Restaurant & Lounge
2552 Mistletoe Dr. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 488-3268 Elf's Den Restaurant & Lounge offers an extensive menu that includes burgers, soups, wings, pasta, and a whole lot more.
22. Little Richard's Family Diner
2698 Hurst Rd. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 488-2117 Little Richard's Family Diner offers diners the classic diner experience inside a retro railcar and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Pizza Near Eielson AFB

Pizza Joints

North Pole

23. Great Alaska Pizza Co
3392 Badger Rd. North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 488-3733 At Great Alaska Pizza Co you can expect to find affordable pizza with a variety of toppings, as well as breadsticks, pizza brownies, and more. Breakfast Places Near Eielson AFB

Breakfast Places

North Pole

24. North Pole Crepery
235 N Santa Claus Ln., Unit 7 North Pole, AK 99705


: 1 (907) 687-4912 North Pole Crepery is the only restaurant in two that offers sweet and savory crepe options.


We hope that you, along with your family and friends, enjoy some of the food spots in our list. These restaurants represent a few of the more popular spots in and around Eielson AFB, but there are certainly many more options around Eielson AFB so make sure to spend some time looking around town to see what other local food spots you can find.




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