Anchor Bar gets national exposureSuperior’s Anchor Bar and Grill will be one of the featured restaurants on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” set to air at 8 p.m. Monday on the Food Network.
By: By Maria Lockwood, email@example.com, Superior Telegram
Superior’s Anchor Bar and Grill will be one of the featured restaurants on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” set to air at 8 p.m. Monday on the Food Network. The description of the episode, titled “A Little Twisted,” is as follows: Stops include an Italian eatery in Merrick, N.Y.; a Sacramento diner that serves European classics; and a burger joint in Superior, Wis.
One Ashland man is hoping to be featured on the show. Jeff Munson and his sister stopped by the Anchor Bar for a burger July 1.
“We had no clue the Food Network was filming at the bar that day,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Telegram. “We decided to eat dinner at the Anchor bar because we love their burgers.”
Munson said he’s been a fan of the restaurant for nearly 20 years. And he loves the eclectic décor of the place, which reminds him of an antique store.
“I’m an explorer at heart and there are plenty of things to see and discover at the Anchor,” he said.
Munson ordered his favorite that day — the one pound cream cheese green olive galley buster burger — and then ate a second one for the cameras, plus a few fries.
“I asked the camera guy if he wanted me to eat a third burger, and he just laughed in disbelief,” Munson said. “I’m the only one who ate the one pound galley buster burger during filming, so they might have to show us.”
The crew may have been less surprised if they knew that Munson was the winner of the Beef-A-Rama cook-off in Minocqua, Wis. last year. Whoever eats two triple Culvers butterburgers the fastest wins, and Munson knocked both down in a little over two minutes. Culvers in Minocqua presented Munson with a crown, scepter, $50 and a year’s supply of Culvers ice cream.
“I gave the ice cream coupons to the local Minocqua library,” Munson said. “The coupons were used as reading rewards for kids.”
He urged the Anchor Bar to develop their own burger eating contest.
Munson said he wasn’t surprised that the Food Network picked the Anchor Bar for their popular eatery segment.
“The Anchor offers a unique dining atmosphere, a wide variety of burger combinations and affordable prices,” he said. “Where else can you get a handmade burger with chips for a bit over three bucks?”
It ranks number four in his selection of area burger joints behind Patsy’s Bar in Washburn, the Deep Water Grill in Ashland and Karibalis Restaurant in Hayward. Rounding out his top seven are the Second Street Bistro in Ashland, the Pickwick in Duluth and the Platter Restaurant in Ashland.
Like many in the Northland, Munson will tune in to the Food Network on Monday night to see the Superior eatery get some national attention.
He might even catch a glimpse of himself.