Towards the end of November I was contacted by Anchor Bar on Twitter and asked to visit the restaurant, try the food and write an honest review of my experience. One of our dishes was comped and we were sent an appetizer on the house as well.
The original Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY claims to be the home of the ORIGINAL and BEST Buffalo Wings since 1964 and I recently paid a visit to the Hamilton location in Jackson Square to try out their other offerings.
The service at this place was really great, before our server Danielle knew we’d been invited to review the place she was friendly and attentive, accommodating us by cutting fresh lime slices when we asked to have the smaller decorative slices in our Vodka/Soda/Lime replaced with ones we could squeeze and taste in our drinks.
After our drinks arrived she took our order and then brought us a plate of their newest appetizer, Deep Fried Pickles. This dish has always fascinated me, I love pickles and I love deep fried things but in my experience they’ve been disappointing. I was surprised by how crisp this version was (not a soggy crumb to be found), they were the perfect temperature (hot enough to enjoy without burning the skin off the roof of my mouth) and had a great dill flavour.
For our mains hubby ordered the Anchor Burger and I settled on the Meatball Sandwich. When they arrived we were surprised on both counts:
- The burger came with two patties!
- The meatball sandwich did not come with meatballs served in a skillet so I could build my own (as described on the menu)
When I asked Danielle about the meatball discrepancy she gracefully explained that the menu was being reprinted after some testing. Not a big deal
I don’t usually order burgers, mainly because I’ve had so many bad experiences, but when hubby let me taste his I was pleasantly surprised. Though the patties looked preformed/frozen they were actually tasty and unexpectedly juicy.
The meatball sandwich bun was perfectly toasted. I am not ashamed to admit that I am a picky bitch when it comes to toast…I closely supervise the toasting of my Tim Hortons bagels and have been known to send toast back (sometimes multiple times) at diners…I have very specific feelings on the subject. This hoagie bun was crispy and on the darker side of golden on the outside but still fluffy and slightly moist on the inside.
The meatballs were tender and sizeable if not exactly as flavourful as I would like and the plentiful cheese that topped the sandwich could have been melted more (ideally to a hot bubbling golden brown).
We both enjoyed the side of house salad that we chose to replace the french fries! The Anchor Bar house salad was made up of fresh mixed greens, diced red and yellow peppers, cucumber, cherry tomatoes and rings of red onion splashed with an ample amount of a delicious and sweet dressing. I ate the whole thing and some of my husbands as well
We decided against any sweet treats and after we were finished, the manager Kadi came out to talk with us about our experience. He was friendly and chatted with us about the background of the food and suppliers and when I provided him with my feedback on the meatball sandwich he was grateful and promised to take care of that going forward.
All in all, I had a pleasant experience at the Anchor Bar and would definitely go back for the deep fried pickles and salad but I’d probably try a different main and I’d definitely plan to hit up Yuk Yuks afterward.
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Wishing you Yumminess,