On Thursday, Kriner’s Diner, the small box of a family restaurant perched on the hill on C Street before Fireweed, is opening its doors to any and all looking for a Thanksgiving meal. It’s free, and it’s in keeping with the spirit of the business.
The building that houses Kriner’s has seen all sorts of restaurants come and go since I’ve lived here. I have eaten at all of them and while some were worthy of success, they all felt transitory. But there’s something about Kriner’s which feels like it’s going to stick. It feels right, like it belongs, like the spirit of this family-run restaurant has been wandering around Anchorage for years, just looking for a home.
Sure, the food’s good, and that’s part of the charm. Although I haven’t had one, I’ve been told that the burgers are the best around. I can say with confidence that the corned beef hash is the best I’ve had. And in keeping with its stated political leanings, the owners definitely are thumbing their noses at the government’s urging for restaurants to cut back on serving sizes.
“As you can see I am a Conservative at heart but welcome all political views at Kriner’s Diner. Remember God loves us all,” the family patriarch, Andy Kriner, writes on the broadsheet menu, along with a story about how his family all pitches in to run the business.
“In God We Trust And Merry Christmas,” the menu tells the diners.
Famous quotes are littered throughout:
“My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.” Abraham Lincoln.
“Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.” Mark Twain.
Dishes give diners entry into the lives of the Kriner family. “Sam Burger,” is named after Brother Sam. Another brother doesn’t eat meat. The short stack is named after daughter Lucy. “My 3 Kids Breakfast Special,” speaks for itself. And there’s the aforementioned “Uncle Park’s Politically Incorrect Corned Beef Hash & Eggs.”
The Supreme Court recently announced that it will hear arguments on whether companies should be treated like people. Those arguing that some should, should look no further than Kriner’s.
On Thursday, as always, the mashed potatoes will be served with gravy and a heartbeat.
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