Grub Ho! Great Bar Food Finds a Berth at Anchor Bar + Kitchen

The Anchor Bar + Kitchen
   This newcomer to West Asheville's bustling Haywood Street business corridor. It comes with good lineage: It's owners are the names behind longtime downtown Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria and popular food, drink and music venue Salvage Station.
   In The Anchor, guests find a comfortable and relaxing downtown dining room and upstairs a sports bar that on big game weekends is a raucous, fan-filled vortex.
   As appealing as the freshly decked out interior is, a menu that tops out at $10 is a welcome sight -- especially for Haywood Street lunch seekers. Sandwiches come with hand-cut fries -- and there are pizzas, wings and salads. Craft beer prices hover around $5 a pint -- slightly more for high gravity labels.
   On my recent lunch visit, I had a blackened burger topped with a load of bleu cheese chunks and freshly sliced tomato and onion. My very talented server, Charles, asked if I wanted the fries crisp or more traditionally soft. I opted for soft and was pretty impressed by the plate full of food for under 10 bucks. Attention was spot on -- Charles remembered to bring additional ice to top off my tea refill. Well done!
   The burger was spot on -- great flavors, perfectly prepared medium-well. I'm looking forward to going back for the chicken sandwich -- which has come highly recommended.
The Anchor Bar + Kitchen, 747 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, 828.412.5956. 11:30 a.m.-midnight

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