Together, fathers and sons can accomplish anything, like when Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. led the Mariners to 6th place in the AL West, but #2 in our hearts -- right behind the Angels, because hey, Jim Abbot only had one hand. Starting a fresh family tradition with a Deep Ellum beer hall, the men behind Anvil Pub.
Long dreamed of by a local father & son, Anvil began its countdown to reality when both men were let go by their respective employers last year; now they've decked the ex-Mehdi's with lacquered floor-to-ceiling wood paneling, brick space dividers, a crimson dining room-length bench seat, and, embedded in the concrete fronting the bright red front door, an artist-chiseled slate anvil, suggesting this is a place to get hammered. Headed by the gent behind Double Wide precursor Billy's Pub, the bar serves up no-nonsense cocktails, 20 drafts (Rahr Ugly to Stone IPA to Maredsous 8) from a state-of-the-art tap array, plus 40 bottles including Chimay Red/Blue, Full Sail, and Trout Slayer, also a fish preparation so foul, you too will curse god. Meanwhile, the hyper-efficient, grease-free green kitchen turns out pub grub like Gorgonzola-abetted "Deep Ellum Wings", thin-crust 12in pizzas, 1/3lb all-natural char-broiled burgers, c-f steak, and Cajun-spiced "Bronzed Tilapia", far tastier than the stuff from the equally tan Captain Paulie D's.
Soon to come's a 10am-2pm Sunday brunch featuring Raisin Bran-crusted French toast, create-your-own 4-egg omelets (16 toppings), and $10 endless mimosas -- after #1 you'll turn your hat around backwards, and after #6 you'll feel like you can accomplish anything.