With football season under way, don't overlook Sundays as a chance to score some real deals at area bars.
Eddie's Sports Bar, 6300 Old Seward Highway, serves a huge buffet with all the brunch staples for just $9.95 from 9 a.m. to noon each Sunday. Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse, 610 W. Sixth Ave., dishes up divine morning grub. Better yet, the bar boasts the town's best Bloody Mary bar from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Last weekend, a friend and I hit up Crossroads Lounge, 1402 Gambell St. At 10:30 a.m., the parking lot was packed and so was the bar. In one corner, the staff set up a makeshift kitchen and grilled early-day grub for hungry, beer-guzzling sports fanatics.
For $15 on Sundays, Crossroads serves a thick slab of steak accompanied by two slices of buttered toast, eggs prepared to your request and a pile of chunky home fries. Add a Bloody Mary for just $4. Other breakfast combos featuring bacon or ham are available for lesser prices.
Warning: These meals will be enjoyable primarily to people who can stomach breakfast with a side of secondhand smoke and serious sensory overload. Crossroads packs in the rabid fans on game day, drawing a jersey-clad crowd with its many high-definition, flat-screen televisions that, during our visit, were showing eight different games.
You'll typically find a mellower atmosphere at this roomy neighborhood watering hole on weeknights. Drinks are strong and cheap. And the bar always offers free hot dogs and, usually, complimentary soup too. The actual menu boasts a bevy of deep-fried options that run fairly cheap -- few items cost more than $5. Budweiser products sell for $3.25 a bottle or $8 a pitcher.
And here's a fun historical fact: The long, wooden building that houses Crossroads today was once a church on Fourth Avenue. After the 1964 earthquake, it was purchased and moved to its current location. Makes it an appropriate place to worship your favorite football team come Sunday, doesn't it?
-- by Katie Pesznecker