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Anchor Bar

413 Tower Ave., Superior, WI - (715) 394-9747
Posted By Michael Stern on October 16, 2007 10:52 PM
The Anchor Bar is one of several foreboding taverns in an industrial non-neighborhood near the Duluth shipyards. None looks like a promising culinary destination, and a quick look inside this one does nothing to alleviate that first impression. It's nearly pitch-dark, cigarette smoke hangs in the air, and as your eyes adjust you see walls packed with dusty nautical memorabilia. Customers at the bar and big round tables include a lot of rugged-looking seamen having rugged-sounding conversations.

But what's that smell? Mmmmm. It's beef grilling and potatoes frying. And pretty soon you see beautiful hamburger plates emerging from the galley kitchen at the far end of the bar. In fact, not all patrons of this unlikely eatery are old salts. All kinds of citizens of Duluth and environs can tell you that the Anchor Bar serves the best hamburgers in the northland, accompanied by handsome hand-cut French fries. Each burger is a thick, hand-formed patty made of meat fat enough that is fairly weeps juice into the bun even before you apply finger pressure to lift it. It is not high-end prime beef, that's for sure, but its stout, blue-collar satisfaction is undeniable. And its proletarian price is unbelievable. A single burger, served in over a dozen guises including topped with cheeses, hot sauces, even cashews, costs three dollars. A heap of those golden fries – big square, spuddy logs laced with lots of crisp squiggles and burnt bits – adds exactly one dollar to the price. An amazing, under-five-dollar meal!

Big eaters, take note. The Anchorburger is a sandwich of two 1/3-pound patties. The Gallyburger is three of them, with a layer of cheese on top of each. "That's what we call meat loaf on a bun," the waitress jokes when she sets down my mammoth Gallyburger. It is served with a plastic fork and knife, but I found that, with care, it was eatable by hand with only minimal spillage.

Other than a cheese sandwich and ham sandwich, burgers and fries are the only items on the Anchor Bar menu … not including countless ales, stouts, and porters, and plenty of non-yuppie hard liquors, too.
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Posted By Julie Cason on June 9, 2012 9:20 AM
Overcooked, flavorless beef topped with ice-cold gobs of sour cream isn't my idea of a great burger. Now, the atmosphere of the place (including the charming menu) and the prices (dirt cheap--a pitcher of good local beer for $7.50!) go a long way toward washing down the bland burgers, but there are so many other places (The Nook in St. Paul comes to mind) with truly great burgers.
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Posted By Kurt on May 19, 2011 8:01 AM
I loved the Galleyburger and fries. Anchor was packed after being featured on DDD. I say it's worth driving from any distance but I love to eat.

Four of us ate there. Roger and I had Galleyburgers and the ladies had an olive burger and a cashew burger. We all had fries, and the wife and I had a diet Pepsis, and the total was $27.00.
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