Readers' Choice 2017

2017 Readers Choice Awards


We compiled lists of the best restaurants, events, businesses and services in Fairbanks. We divided them into six general categories: Food & Drink; Sports & Entertainment; Personal Care; Shopping; Professional Services/Business Needs; and Medical. Here are the results of the 2017 Readers Choice Awards: 

Asian fusion

Fushimi Japanese Fusion

Lin’s Asian Bistro

Beijing Hot Pot and Asian Cuisine

Chinese food


Bamboo Panda

Beijing Hot Pot and Asian Cuisine

Japanese food




Korean food

Seoul Gate

Jung Korean

Aha Oriental Kitchen

Thai food

Lemongrass Thai Cuisine

Thai House

Bahn Thai

Vietnamese food

Pho House

Aha Oriental Kitchen


Big Daddy’s

Bad 2 da Bone

Ivory Jack’s

Bloody Mary


Silver Gulch

The Pump House


Cookie Jar Restaurant

Sam’s Sourdough Cafe

The Bakery


The Pump House

Pike’s Landing

Cookie Jar Restaurant

Cup of coffee

Bucko’s Coffee

Sunrise Bagel & Espresso

Alaska Coffee Roasting Co.


Wolf Run

Jo’s Oven

Hot Licks

Fast food

Lane’s Quickie Tacos

Pita Place

C&J’s Drive In

Fine dining

Lavelle’s Bistro

The Turtle Club

229 Parks

Food truck

Spice It Up

Frostbite Foods

Between the Buns



Frostbite Foods


Healthy dining

Lunch Cafe

Blue Roof Bistro

Chowder House

Ice cream/milkshakes

Hot Licks

Cold Stone Creamery

C&J’s Drive-In

Italian food

Geraldo’s Italian


The Vallata


Gallo’s Mexican

Miguel’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Mayan Palace

Mexican food

Gallo’s Mexican

Miguel’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Taco Azteca/Mayan Palace


College Town Pizzeria

The Hungry Robot

Geraldo’s Italian

Prime Rib (not steaks)

The Turtle Club

Lavelle’s Bistro

The Pump House

 Restaurant service

Pagoda Restaurant

Lavelle’s Bistro

The Turtle Club

 Restaurant (overall)

Lavelle’s Bistro

Pagoda Restaurant

The Turtle Club

 Salad bar

Turtle Club

Cafe at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital

Fred Meyer


Great Harvest Bread Co.

The Chowder House

Friar Tuck’s


Alaska Salmon Bake

The Turtle Club

The Pump House

 Steaks (not prime rib)

Lavelle’s Bistro

Silver Gulch Brewing



HooDoo Brewing Company

49th State Brewing Company

Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co. 


Larry Lowry, Lavelle’s Bistro

Kimberly Gray Croan, Two Rivers Lodge

Monica Laakso, Oasis


Sharif Nero, Lavelle’s

Kimberly Gray Croan, Two Rivers Lodge

Fawn, Cookie Jar Restaurant

Live production/show of 2016-17

North Star Ballet: The Nutcracker

FLOT Jr.: Alice in Wonderland

Fairbanks Drama Association: A Christmas Story

Local sporting event

Yukon Quest International

Sled Dog Race

Ice Dogs playoffs

Governor’s Cup: UAF Hockey

Local sports team

Fairbanks Ice Dogs

UAF Hockey

Alaska Goldpanners

Place to bring tourists

Riverboat Discovery

China Hot Springs Resort

University of Alaska

Museum of the North

Theater/performance company of 2016

North Star Ballet

Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre

Fairbanks Drama Association

Place for dancing

Kodiak Jack’s

Howling Dog

Blue Loon

Barber shop

Alaska Barber Shop

JD Styles


Hair salon/stylist


Team Cutters

Charlotte Rouge

Nail salon

Happy Nails

US Nails


Personal trainer

Tina Ferringer, F&H Fitness

Michael Flannigan, 40 Below Fitness

Christian Hood, Anytime Fitness

Tanning salon

Sun Fix Tanning Salon

Turbo Tans

Touch of Sun

Tattoo/body piercing

Sublime Line Tattoo Studio

Body Piercing Unlimited

Liberty Tattoo

Antique shop

Blue Door Antiques

Roxy’s Secondhand

Airport Road Antiques

Art Gallery

Expressions in Glass

2 Street Gallery

Alaska House Art Gallery

Book store

Barnes & Noble

Gulliver’s Books

Good News Bible & Book Store


Lolly at FMH cafe

Becky at College Road Safeway


Safeway floral department

College Floral

Santina’s Flowers & Gifts

Furniture Store

Sadler’s Furniture

Bailey’s Furniture

Roxy’s Secondhand

Gift shop

If Only … A Fine Store

Steamboat Landing at Riverboat Discovery

Knotty Shop

Jewelry store

Gold Rush Fine Jewelers

Taylor’s Gold-N-Stones

Bishops Jewelry

Ladies boutique and vintage clothing

Fireweed Boutique

In My Element

Value Village

Liquor store

Brown Jug

Fred Meyer liquor store

Gold Hill Liquor

Pet supplies store

Cold Spot Feeds

Alaska Feed Co.


Sporting goods store


Beaver Sports

Sportman’s Warehouse

Tools/hardware store


Samson True Value Hardware

Home Depot

Snowmachine/motorcycle/ATV/UTV dealer

Northern Power Sports

The Outpost


New car company

Kendall Auto

Seekins Ford Lincoln

Chevrolet Buick GMC of Fairbanks

Used car company

Affordable Used Cars

Kendall Auto

Seekins Ford Lincoln

Law offices

Downes & Tallerico Law Firm

Merges Law Office

Gazewood & Weiner


Amy Tallerico

Bill Satterberg

Ward Merdes

Automotive service and repairs

Chaz Limited Collision Express

Seekins Ford Lincoln

(tie) Kendall Service Department/Collision Masters

Bank/credit union

Alaska USA Federal Credit Union

Mt. McKinley Bank

MAC Federal Credit Union

Car wash

Splash N Dash East

Splash N Dash West

University Laser Car Wash

Cleaning service - commercial

Service Master/Merry Maids

SparkClean Janitorial


Cleaning service - residential

OCD Cleaning Services

Service Master/Merry Maids

Maid Marvelous

Financial planner

Bobby Weaver, Keyes & Associates

Jose Luis Martinez II, Edward Jones

Christopher Knott, Edward Jones

Heating fuel delivery

Sourdough Fuel

Alaska Petroleum

Alaska Fuels Distributors

Home builder

Big Street Construction

Straight Ahead Construction

TS Construction

Insurance company

State Farm Insurance

Allstate Insurance


Insurance agent

Chris Marok

Dick Randolph, State Farm Insurance

Dave Mongold, Allstate Insurance

Interior designer

Joan Stepovich, White Palms

Tamara Spaulding, Spaulding Interiors

Rebekah Gray, Studio 3Twelve

Landscaping company

Great Northwest

Labrenz Landscaping

Down to Earth Landscaping

Mobile service provider




 Mortgage broker/company

Alaska USA Mortgage

Mt. McKinley Bank

Denali State Bank

Bank customer service

(tie) Denali State Bank/Mt. McKinley Bank

Alaska USA FCU

Nonprofit organization

Fairbanks Community Food Bank

Fairbanks Animal Shelter Fund

Love INC

Nursery/garden center

Holm Town Nursery

Risse’s Nursery

Plant Kingdom

Real estate company

Somers & Associates

Madden Real Estate

Re/Max Associates of Fairbanks


Wes Madden

Kelli Powers

Zeb Marie


Spruce Tree Montessori

West Valley High

Fairhill Christian


Michael Angaiak, Anne Wien Elementary


Amy Gallaway, West Valley High

Taxi company

Arctic Taxi

King Cab

Eagle Taxi/Yellow Cab

Gym/workout center

Planet Fitness

F&H Fitness Studio

The Alaska Club, South


Dirk Menard

Andrew Wappett

W. Lee Payne


Jeff Banks

Corrine Leistikow

Charles Steiner


Ginger Day

Stacy Wright

Connie Williams

 Eyeglasses, contacts

West Valley Vision Clinic

Eye Clinic of Fairbanks

Mountain View Medical Center

Eye care professional

Brannon Mills

Damien Delzer

Mike Mavencamp


Fred Meyer


Professional Pharmacy

Physical therapy office

Equinox Physical Therapy

Adient Physical Therapy/ATI

Fairbanks Physical Therapy

Veterinary office

Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital

Aurora Animal Clinic

North Pole Animal Hospital


Dee Thornton

Ben Kuhn

(tie) Scott Flamme/Barb Cole


Heather Gappert

Jonathan Victorino

Warren Moore

Hearing aid professional

Fairbanks Hearing & Balance Center

Northland Hearing

Massage therapist

Kelsey Enochs

Stephanie Ehlenfeldt

Amy Clowers

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