Artic Roadrunner was started by Richard Sanchis in the mid-1960’s. He recently passed away and one of his last wishes was to have the location on Arctic Blvd. to close. However the location on Old Seward Hwy. would continue, so even if you can’t go to the location where we did you can still get the food. It was a funky place with a drive-through window and indoor eating area. It was a ‘line up and order’ and then they call your number when your food is ready for you to pick up, system. There was a condiment bar where you could dress up what you get as you wish and I bet the system is similar at the other location. They offer a variety of burgers, specialty sandwiches, fried foods and ice cream drinks. No checks or credit cards were accepted.
We tried the Halibut burger which was a grilled halibut patty with American cheese, tartar sauce, lettuce and an onion ring. It was thin patty and very mild that was made of ground fish rather than chunked. It was okay but not spectacular.
The Bacon Cheeseburger was served with mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion, American cheese and bacon. The patty here was thicker than the fish but not drippy at all. Eaten alone, the beef patty had good flavor but it didn’t come through in the mix. It was loaded with bacon and cheese but not particularly taste intensive.
In the condiment bar they offered spicy pickles which another patron strongly recommended. They were quite spicy with overtones of mustard and I could see how they could become a favorite.
The best thing we tried was a side order of homemade onion pieces. Fries and rings were sold separately and I inquired what was the difference in their rings and pieces. Rings were a standard frozen product but the pieces were large rectangular pieces on onion that they batter and fry in house. The coating was light but it was crispy and tasty. The juicy onions stuck to the coating and were thick enough to add flavor. A really fun and unique product. It’s worth a trip to eat an order of onion pieces.