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Superior's Anchor Bar scheduled for 'Diners' spot on TV

Superior's Anchor Bar and Grill lands a starring role this month in a segment of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." Anchor co-owner Adam Anderson confirmed the show airs Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Just to be sure, he noted, those interested in viewing the sho...

Anchor Bar and Grill
Patrons enter the Anchor Bar and Grill in Superior's North End on the day the Food Network was filming at the establishment. (Jed Carlson/jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Superior's Anchor Bar and Grill lands a starring role this month in a segment of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives."

Anchor co-owner Adam Anderson confirmed the show airs Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. Just to be sure, he noted, those interested in viewing the show should check on the Food Network Web site, www.foodnetwork.com , closer to the air date.

The network was alerted to the tasty local fare in Superior by letters from fans and comments from people who stopped to watch the "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" crew film at the Duluth Grill.

"I think it's just neat," Anderson said of the local support. "It shows we have a unique place."

Anderson's father, Tom, bought the Anchor Bar in 1977. A few years later, he added food to the menu. Today, the establishment is more restaurant than bar, with 60 percent of sales coming from its homemade burgers and fries.

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"My dad established a really unique business," Anderson said. "People like it."

Cooks at the Anchor go through more than 120 pounds of beef a day, freshly ground by Superior Meats. They get approximately 200 fresh buns a day from the Twig Bakery, and top meals off with fries cut fresh to order.

A camera crew descended on the Tower Avenue eatery on July 1 for a 12-hour shoot.

"They went through the whole menu," Anderson said, from the cashew burger and olive burger to the signature Anchor Burger.

Many patrons were surprised with free burgers so the on-air grill work didn't go to waste.

"This is the best hamburger and French fry deal in the entire United States that I'm aware of," said Alan Gonia as he bit into a mushroom and Swiss burger.

A meal for two - burgers, fries and drinks - costs less than $10 at the Anchor.

"I come here all the time because I love the burgers," said Cindy Parsons of Duluth. "It's a great deal."

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Guy Fieri didn't attend the July 1 shoot. Anderson was told by network representatives the show on the Anchor will be a viewer's choice segment, so Fieri wasn't part of the filming.

For more information on the Anchor Bar and Grill, visit http://anchorbar.freeservers.com/index.html . Or stop by 413 Tower Ave., and sample the cuisine.

"Try it," said Tom Trolson, who works at the business. "That's all I can say."

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