ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Uncle Joe's Pizzeria
3401 E. Tudor Rd.
$8-$18 per plate
Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday through Saturday
Ideally when you stop for lunch, you’ve got time to sit back and savor your meal. Sometimes, however, you’re in a hurry and you’re looking for something fast -- precisely because you don’t.
I was in just such a situation Friday, after attempting a second visit to a South Anchorage establishment (which shall remain unnamed) that wasn’t open during its posted hours. With most of my allocated time to eat already gone, I was looking for something local, tasty and quick.
Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria is a local chain with four locations across Anchorage; I pulled into the Tudor Road restaurant hungry and in a hurry, half-expecting to find little more than a cash register and cooler out front in the manner of many a pizza kitchen. The look of the place evoked an old-school pizzeria, however, with dark booths and checkered tablecloths accented by a few arcade-game machines and even a popcorn stand. Posters on the walls leaned toward beer ads, with a few local brands mixed in for flavor.