Thursday, July 22, 2010

Review: Twin Anchors - Chicago


Restaurant: Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern

Twin Anchors was hardly empty when I visited on a Thursday evening in July. The bar stools were packed close together and people were pressed against them waiting for their name to be called on the intercom.

There's a nautical theme going on here - the decor etc... But you also feel like you're in the bowels of an ark... the restaurant is long and narrow and the drop roof is bowed. I sat at the bar (donated decades ago by Schlitz), there's a great selection of beer on tap - I had an Oberon.

The ribs were okay. Very tender, likely boiled and then doused in sauce and quickly grilled or more likely tossed in a salamander. The "zesty" sauce gets a lot of press... it's tangy with a citrus-y tone. I wasn't a fan. The pepper-jack creamed spinach was perfect: spicy and a great texture (not soaked in cream like you would find in Texas).

I loved the spirit of the place, unfortunately it was corrupted a bit by the clientele... there was nobody there really worth talking too; tourists, conventioneers, local old-town yuppies. Not a secret anymore.
Worth stopping by for a Bell's and the creamed Spinach during a slow time.

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