About The Anchor


My name is Bean and I manage the Anchor Bar. When I started here I thought it would be a short term job. Little did I expect to still be here 33 years later. Together, Tom Anderson ( the owner) and I worked to keep this business “afloat.” To our great sorrow we lost Tom at a much to young age on June 23, 2008 due to cancer. We are keeping his memory alive through his sons Adam and Arron in this business.


We are a small but a very unique and popular establishment. We serve burgers and fries (that’s it folks-no chicken or fish) and according to many people we have the best in the, well I have heard city, twin ports, state and world so take your pick. Many times we get very busy and crowded. We have very limited seating and staff so keep in mind we are not a fast food place. For the most part people say it is worth the wait. We have only one deep fryer and a small grill but put out lots of food on it. Our prices are downright cheap compared to other places so if you are in the mood for good inexpensive burger stop by.

Along with a extensive number of micro brews and we have still managed to keep a small neighborhood type atmosphere. We have a nautical motif but along the way other stuff has been introduced and found a nitch in the building. We are always adding more stuff for people to look at. (I hate to go to a bar and stare at beer signs-don’t you?)

Our crowd is very mixed ranging from doctors, college, sailors, longshoremen, politicians, truckers, bartenders, families and people from almost all walks of life imaginable. You can recognize us by the large ship’s anchor we have moored next to the building.


  • Won several categories 14 years in a row in the Northland Reader best of contest
  • 1st place in the Salvation Army Hamburger Hunt
  • Won 2 years in a row Duluth Tribune Best Hamburger Hunt
  • 1st place Chamber of Commerce Best Burger Contest
  • Won 2 years KZIO radio Hamburger Hunt contest
  • Won in several categories in Ripsaw contest
  • Won first place in Duluth City award for hamburgers
  • Listed in book “500 Things to Eat Before It’s to Late”
  • Article in Gourmet Magazine June 2009 mentions us in the top 20
  • Article in Duluth-Superior Magazine 2010
  • Had featured drink listed in Food Show Network Magazine
  • Featured on Diners, Dives and Drive-ins on Food Show Network
  • Talked about on Savvy PBS radio station
  • Mentioned in several travel books on where to eat
  • Featured in book Hamburger America as one of 150 great burger joints in USA
  • Placed in Living North contest as one of the best restaurants in Superior-Duluth


  • featured ch 6 TV “Touring Northland”
  • featured ch 10 TV “Touring North”
  • feature article in Ripsaw paper
  • written up in many, many newspapers from Duluth, Superior, The Twin CItes all the way to California.
  • Talked about on “National Savvy Traveler” Public Radio
  • Scene for movie “Two Harbors” shot in bar
  • I was voted 2nd best bartender in Twinports in Northland Reader contest
  • B-105 Radio one of the 5 cheapest eats in the Twin Ports
  • several articles in Duluth tribune and Superior Telegram newspaper


  • Named #8 in Best Taverns in Wisconsin book
  • Mentioned in books “Burn Baby Burn” “Something in the Water” and “Lord of the Rinks” by Mike Savage
  • Article in BMW Magazine, November 2000
  • Listed as #1 cheap good burger in Wisconsin in Wisconsin Trails Magazine
  • Won first place in Best Of the Northland Hamburger Contest 2012-Duluth Tribune