Paul Lundgren, writing in Lake Superior Magazine, provided the inspiration for searching out some of Superior's less publicized burger joints and hangouts.
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Over the summer we sampled Gronk's Grill & Bar, The Anchor Bar & Grill, and The Shamrock Bar & Pizza Parlour. Each of these fine dining establishments is profiled below along with a few of other favorite Superior spots.
While we were searching out hidden gems, we decided to track down ARCO coffee, a Superior coffee roaster who regularly operates a very popular coffee wagon at the Bayfield Apple Festival. Unfortunately when we finally sleuthed them out, we found only a very industrial looking warehouse with no facilities for fans of their coffee.
We returned in later visits to expand our search for best burgers and best pizzas in Superior, Wisconsin. Added to our list of recommended places and profiled on a companion page are the Red Mug Cafe & Coffee House, Thirsty Pagan Brewery, the Choo-Choo Bar & Grill, and The Shack Smokehouse.
Gronk's Grill & Bar
< < < There's a separate dining area away from the smoke and chatter in the bar. Gronk's scored immediate brownie points by having my favorite beer, Leinies, on tap. While famous for their big and juicy burgers, Jo and I decided to try their pizza. Our choice was the veggie with the works. Thin, dry crust, and fresh, crispy vegetables. Not overly heavy on the cheese. Excellent. Fast, friendly service. Next time we try the burgers.
Anchor Bar & Grill
< < < The Anchor Bar earns more brownie points earned by having two kinds of "Leiney" on tap, plus their menu board listed about 60 other beers available . . . plus a large assortment of wines. The Anchor only serves burgers and fries - but the burgers come in about 10 different varieties. Big, juicy, and served steaming hot from one of the busiest grills you'll ever see. The price of the burgers and the brews were very reasonable - which explains the standing room only crowd that soon developed. Have an Anchor Burger and a Big Mac will never again measure up.
Shamrock Bar & Pizza
In sharp contrast, it was pretty quiet on a week night in the Pizza Parlour. Several comfortable booths plus a number of larger tables will accommodate at least 50 pizza lovers - perhaps as many as a 100. While there were plenty of seats, the Pizza Carry Out window served a steady stream of customers.
We ordered a half veggie and half sausage deluxe pizza. An interesting contrast to Gronk's Pizza. This one had a thicker and chewy crust, quite moist and cheesy, and spicy. My heart-healthy diet regimen likes Gronk's style better, but occasionally it is a real treat to dive into an oil-soaked, finger-liken good grand pizza pie like Shamrock serves. It is evident why there was a steady stream of carryout business (one guy had a stack of 5 pizzas!). Due to the separation from the bar and the spacious seating, the Shamrock is an excellent place to take the family out to eat or to get a Pizza and Beer without worrying about smoke.
See our Reviews of Best Burgers in Duluth. We crossed the bridge into Duluth and began our search for great burger places and found two good ones. There are a few more we've heard about so our work is not done!
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