The Anvil Room is housed in a former foundry and blacksmith shop behind the popular Jonah’s on Johnston pizza restaurant in Forsyth. It’s dark and small, but this gives it a cozy, adventurous feel, as do the black smithing tools that line the walls.
When you enter, Dave will heartily greet you from behind the bar and ask if you’ve visited before. If you answer no, he will come over and show you the bags on each table: a narrow one for hot dogs, a wider one for hamburgers, and an orange one for kid’s meals. At dinner they offer more, but for lunch these are your options.
Along with a regular hamburger, your burger choices include a double burger, sliders, Davey’s Seasoned Burger, a gravy burger with no bun and a veggie burger. We tried the sliders, which were three hand-pattied mini burgers. They tasted like they were ground fresh and thrown on a backyard grill -- fantastic.
You also pick your condiments on the bag, so we added jalepenos and provolone cheese. You could also choose bacon, sauerkraut, peanut butter, gravy, chili or guacamole. The buns are made at Jonah’s so they’re soft and fresh. For $4.80, the sliders are a great deal.
We also tried the veggie burger. While I couldn’t place all the ingredients in the veggie patty, it was moist and tasty and held my banana peppers and horseradish like a champ. The fries are hand cut, but ours were a little over-fried. The onion rings were better, more like shoestring onions -- crunchy and sweet.
The hot dogs also were good but it’s harder for a hot dog to stand out. We did try the deep fried version, which was a little juicier than the grilled one. The same toppings available for the hamburgers also are available for the hot dogs, but I can’t even imagine peanut butter on a wiener.
Being associated with Jonah’s on Johnston is a definite plus for this small venue, and having their desserts is a plus as well. We tried the peanut butter bar, the buttermilk brownie and a pecan bar. Each of us had a different favorite and you can’t go wrong with any of them.
While we didn’t have access to the dinner items during our lunch visit, there were several sandwiches that sounded worth coming back for, like the Jack Bleu with ham and bleu cheese, and the chicken Parmesan with red sauce, each for $7.85.
Forsyth continues to beckon out-of-towners to come try their growing number of dining establishments. The Anvil Room is definitely a fun experience that is worth the short drive.
The Anvil Room
Address: 50 N. Kimball St., Forsyth
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 91
Price range: $3.85-$7.85
Rating: 3 stars