Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Anvil's Cheesesteaks as Solid as the Name

Yesterday I had lunch with an associate at Anvil's Cheesesteaks, a small, hidden-gem eatery situated in Raleigh's Swift Creek Shopping Center just off Jones Franklin Road. If you haven't visited Anvil's yet, it's well worth seeking out.

Here's the skinny: Erstwhile rock-'n'-roll drummer and Philadelphia-area native Bob “Anvil” Thompson and his wife, Barbara, use fresh top round beef they cut fresh daily. They also serve Boar’s Head brand cheese and source bread from the esteemed Neomonde Baking Company. Bottom line: It's all about quality and authenticity.

Among the standout menu options are the classic cheesesteak with American or provolone cheese served “wit’or wit’out” onions and the pepper steak (my favorite), which containss sweet or hot onions (I ask for a mix), cheese and onions. Be sure to try the killer horseradish sauce available in a squeeze bottle near the Pepsi fountain.

For something different, try the vegetarian-friendly Portobello mushroom, which features sliced Portobello with roasted red peppers, cheese, onions and balsamic vinegar, or the house-specialty pepperoni-infused pizza steak.

Just so you know the drill: You place your order at the counter, then sit down and wait for your piping hot sandwich to be delivered, usually within five to seven minutes after ordering.

Anvil's is open six days a week (closed Sundays) for lunch and dinner. Be sure to tell them Lunchboy sent you!

Bonus tip: Next week is Anvil’s first anniversary as a business, and I have it on good authority that complimentary mini cannolis will be served to each person who shows up and buys a sandwich!

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