I genuinely love breakfast in all its forms. I enjoy eating it. I enjoy talking about it. I enjoy thinking about it.
So when I happen to have a breakfast meal that isn't as satisfying as I was hoping, it's disappointing on many different levels.
Add to that the fact that said meal comes from a place that you were so excited to go to because you were expecting a good thing and it makes for a difficult post to write.
The Anchor is a relatively new place in Fairview. It brings a much needed jolt of energy into that part of town. Beyond just offering an alternative to Freeman's and KFC (and Mexico Lindo if you can ever figure out their hours...) they have live music fairly often. Which, in a city where live music venues are dropping left and right, is worth mentioning.
I've been hearing nothing but good things about The Anchor since it opened, so I was stoked to finally have the change to go try it out.
We rolled in just after opening expecting a line, but instead we had the place to ourselves. Our server was lovely—she was super friendly and welcoming from the moment we walked in until we left. The menu is small but has all the hits and some different stuff as well. It is fairly meat-centric which is worth noting if you're not into that type of thing. Extra special bonus points for every meal coming with a slice of cantaloupe.
I opted to go for the eggs benny, but with tomato instead of the pork belly it normally comes with.
So while we got off to a great start, things got a little rocky after. Two of my dining companions ordered coffee which arrived cold. When we were served our meals we had to ask for cutlery. Which, not a big deal but a different server was going around and setting all of the tables around us with cutlery roll-ups but we still managed to not have any.
And so the meal itself. Let me start off by saying I know I got a substitution which can be annoying. However, we were the only table there and the substitution wasn't complicated. Full marks for presentation, but execution left a little lacking. The tomato slices were ice cold. Combined with the un-toasted sour dough bread the benny was served on, it made for a pretty lukewarm experience. I will say the eggs we cooked to perfection—perfectly soft poached—and the hollandaise was pretty good too (although a bit more of it would have been a-ok). The smashed potatoes on the side were tasty and a nice change from the standard hashbrown.
My dining companions had equally meh experiences. The man friend got the Ricotta Pancakes which looked (and tasted, according to him) really awesome. Another dining companion got some kind of crepe with fried chicken (which doesn't seem to be on their menu online) and the final dining companion had the Eggs Benny too, but with the pork belly which, for what it's worth, he said was more like back bacon than pork belly. And I tend to trust his opinion. He's a professional chef.
Meal aside, doing brunch in a place that is also a bar is tough—a lot of the time you just end up feeling like you're eating brunch in a bar. It's not that the faint smell of booze and bleach isn't appealing, it's just worth noting.
Overall, I think I need to go back here before I can really pass opinion. Everybody I've talked to who's eaten here—not to mention countless reviews online—have had nothing but good things to say about The Anchor. I really wanted to love it. Or at the very least like the food. Unfortunately I think it was just an off day. I so want them to do good things and thrive, so here's hoping it was just a little blip that we'll chalk up to bad timing.