Anchor Bar and La Bamba
Alright then now that we are off and running I am starting to get the hang of the blog thing. I have come to the grim conclusion that these blog entries have been pretty dry so far. I am going to attempt to insert some of my witty humor where available. One thing I would like to mention is that there will probably be no pictures of the actual food we eat on this blog. I’m a self diagnosed foodie, but even I must draw the line somewhere. To me, taking pictures of the food you are about to eat gives me this dirty feeling inside. And then to turn around and post it on this fine blog that I think perhaps 4 people may read is just too much for me to handle. So, if it is food porn you are seeking you might want to check out some other place. Enough of this diatribe and onto the reviews…
For obvious reasons we will skip over our recent visit to Red Robin with the extended fam a few Sundays ago. Let me just say this: Any place that employs someone to parade around as a costumed red bird in addition to a balloon animal making Dead Head hippie clown is just too weird for me.
We had the great pleasure of getting to eat at two unique places in the ICT this week. First up was the Anchor.
I admit, we have frequented the Anchor before but thought it was worth a blog because not many people go here to eat. The place is located in a great old storefront complete with old school ornate ceiling. We have always gone either around lunchtime or about 6 in the evening. It can be crowded, especially if there is a Justin Bieber concert going on at Wichita’s premier arena. The place is a bar so they serve beer and lots of it. Those wankers over there at Old Chicago have nothing on this place, besides the Anchor specializes in regional craft brews. They have a large selection of beers on tap and an ungodly amount of bottle beers. My only beef is that they do not carry PBR on tap (you have to head over to the Lizard Lounge for that sweet nectar). I had myself some of the delicious Ad Astra from the Free State Brewery in Lawrence.
Now to the food. First off, it is a requirement that you order their sweet potato fries. These are hands down the top reason we love the Anchor. They are sweet, crunchy, and well seasoned. This past time I ordered the Haystack burger. It is an open face burger that is piled high with fries and smothered in queso naturally. It is big, greasy, messy, and perfectly delicious. I have tried it before with the sweet potato fries-this would be the one time I would suggest not ordering them as queso and sweet potatoes are a bit odd together. I have also tried Artichoke burger which was great as well. I, Phil, had the ribeye sandwich, which as I recall was delicious. It was tender, thin sliced ribeye with cheese served on a toasted wheat bun. I have tried many sandwiches at the Anchor and have never been disappointed. The next time I am there I will go after the double piggy sandwich which comes with bacon and pork loin. Mmmmm Pork.
The Anchor can sometimes be crowded, but most of the time we haven’t had problems getting a table unless we had a large group. If anything just stop by for some beer and those sweet potato fries!
I know, the first thing that pops into your mind is that terrible song made popular by Ritchie Valens. Well purge those depraved thoughts from your mind, because this is a badass eatery my friend. We only had about an hour before I had to be at work, but luckily this newly opened place is inside the Petroleum Building off of Broadway and Williams (near my place of employment). It was extremely quick service and the staff certainly brought their A game. I was a bit surprised by their menu when we first looked at it. They serve traditional American breakfast and lunch fare but also have a Mexican food menu. Phil and I both were craving Mexican (we are both huge fans of Mexican food) and ordered two of their specials for the day. We started off with chips and salsa. The chips were standard, something out of a bag. However, the salsa is homemade and had a strong taste of cilantro. Which pleased me too no end, because being the salsa nazi that I am, I insist in cilantro being used in salsa. It was wonderful! I ordered the enchilada plate. It had two enchiladas (I ordered beef, but chicken is an option), beans, and rice. The enchilada red sauce was very tasty and was the best part of the meal. The sauce makes the enchilada in my opinion. I would have liked to have seen more cheese with my enchiladas but the sauce made up for most of that. The beans and rice were also tasty. I like to compare all Mexican restaurants to Felipes because it is my absolute favorite (DISCLAIMER: I do not share my wife’s opinion on this matter) . La Bamba definitely won the salsa battle (to be honest salsa from a jar is better than Felipes salsa), however Felipes has the better enchiladas.
I, Phil, took the waitress’ advice and tried the steak bombazo. It was a toasted flour tortilla that was filled with steak, melted cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guac. Good Lord it was good! I normally try not to get too stimulated before work, but this dish was crazy good. Almost as good as the piratas at the recently closed Frida’s. Yes that’s right I said Frida’s has closed, but hopefully only temporarily. I think if we all light a candle and pray to the patron saint of delicious mexican food they will reopen. Anyway back to the Bombazo. What makes this dish is the way that they take the steak and cheese and melt it on the grill before placing it in the flour tortilla.
I would say this is a great place if you are in the downtown area and need something very quick. We were in and out within 30 minutes no thanks to the awful parking debacle that besieges downtown Wichita. We ended up parking at Century II, but it turned out to be well worth the wait.
Until next time.
Peace, Love, Pork