If you follow this blog you’re probably familiar with a lot of the restaurants around town. One of those is The Anchor. They are a neighborhood bar & grill located in the Douglas Design District. Then it dawned on me I’ve never had a full review on them. So what do I do? Contact a friend and head that way for lunch.
1109 E Douglas Ave
Wichita, Kansas 67211
Sunday – Wednesday: 11am – 11pm
Thursday: 11am – 12am
Friday: 11am – 2pm
Saturday: 5pm – 2pm
A buddy and I dropped by and he went with the reuben and I had the sriracha pork burger.
It’s been a long time since I’ve had lunch there and the biggest improvement I noticed was service. The time it took to get my food from the moment I ordered was dramatically better. Probably a decade ago, I’d stop by every now and then for lunch and it took a good chunk of time to get my food. This most recent visit was swift and just how any work lunch should be.
Let’s start off with the fries. Good heavens they were amazing! My friend and I went to town on them and cleared them off in minutes. They had a a nice golden texture to them that weren’t too crispy but also had a decent amount of sogginess which made it really easy to scoop up and eat in bulk. There was also a nice coating of salt for added flavor. We loved them and it showed in how fast they disappeared from our basket.
For the reuben, it was VERY meaty. It was a thick sandwich. For those people who hate a thin reuben, you’ll love this. Corned beef brisket, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese were not to be missed. My buddy enjoyed his sandwich but noted it still was short of his favorite, Merle’s Place. Meanwhile my sriracha pork burger was fantastic. It brought the heat with the jalapenos and sriracha drizzle. The pork was well seasoned with the Yum Yum Mix offering a vibrant refreshing spark to the savory meal. Pork burgers are not something I order often but this one made me rethink why I don’t. It was great.
And if you didn’t know, there’s an attached meat market accessible from inside the Anchor. They carry Black Angus Beef from Creekstone Farms, Red Wattle Pork from Wendland Farms, Heritage Breed Poultry from RC Farms – all local Kansas producers. And on Sundays and Tuesdays, they have 10% off select meats.
Even better if you buy your meat there, they’ll even cook it at the Anchor at no charge.
Overall it was a great little lunch stop for us and one we’ll definitely consider adding into our rotation of lunch stops downtown.
Here’s their menu:
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