Top 20 restaurant of the week: Anchor Grille in Sesser
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Top 20 restaurant of the week: Anchor Grille in Sesser

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Since opening in 2017, Anchor Grille in Sesser has enjoyed a steady following of satisfied diners, and with just a glimpse at the menu and service, it is easy to understand why.

Owners Joshua and Ashley Qualls proudly keep busy serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner six days a week to hungry customers looking for the very tastiest in home-style cooking. Ashley, who began the venture with her husband after an unexpected change in her previous career, is passionate about offering the very best homemade menu items while also providing some very unique dishes to adventurous eaters.

While perusing the menu, visitors to Anchor Grille delight at finding comforting recipes they adore, such as fried chicken, hand-rolled dumplings, catfish dinners, homemade seasonal cobblers, and made-from-scratch pies and soups. Equally enticing are the more daring and rare eats, including swordfish, blackened red snapper, alligator bites and mussels. Obviously, seafood is a specialty at Anchor Grille, and is a favorite among regulars and new customers alike.

Appetizers such as onion rings, shark strips and chicken wings are excellent starters to fun meals like the alligator burger, which is a fresh-made hamburger topped with alligator sausage. Homemade soups like creamy chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, chili, and corn chowder can all be served in a bread bowl, and are enjoyed year-round for the flavor combinations and care that go into their preparation. An extensive fresh salad bar is available daily, and the breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings is not to be beat. The same goes for the scrumptious desserts, including favorites such as coconut cream, chocolate silk or chocolate peanut butter pies.

The restaurant also features these daily specials:

  • Tuesdays: steak special;
  • Wednesdays: all-you-can-eat boneless wings;
  • Thursdays: build-your-own all-you-can-eat pasta bar;
  • Fridays: all-you-can-eat fish, hushpuppies, slaw, fries;
  • Saturday (first of each month): seafood buffet;
  • Saturdays: crab legs and steak specials;
  • Saturday & Sunday mornings: breakfast buffet; and
  • Sundays: buffet with homemade fried chicken, chicken and dumplings.

Ashley has also introduced a catering side to Anchor Grille, with dishes offered that are similar to the restaurant’s. Clients can build a menu for eight to 200 guests and enjoy the same homemade goodness and top-notch customer care as visitors to the restaurant do. A call to Anchor Grille can start the process of bringing the goodness of Anchor Grille to any special event.

With consistently reliable and courteous service, ample portions, and gleaming reviews from visitors hailing from Murphysboro, Marion, Champaign, Missouri, and everywhere in between, Anchor Grille is the perfect spot for diners searching for satisfying, delicious food.


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