Cuisine: Fish, Irish
Restaurant Features: Beer & Wine
Location: Northeast Minneapolis, MN
Address: 302 13th Ave Northeast Mpls, MN 55413 612-676-1300
Hours: Tues-Thurs 4pm – 12am Friday 4pm – 1am Sat 10am – 1am Sun 10am – 12am Closed Mondays.
Atmosphere: The inside of The Anchor is very similar to other neighborhood restaurants around Minneapolis, with wooden floors, and exposed ductwork. The walls are painted a rich red, the tables are all wooden and the chairs are all painted black and placed close together. There is also a small bar-like seating area running along the wall below the semi-open kitchen.
Menu: Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-12:30pm with items including Eggs, Rashers, Bangers, Black & White Pudding, Potato Bread, Grilled Tomatoes and Heinz Beans.
Meals include chips or each item can be ordered a la carte including Fish, Shepherd’s Pie, Meat Pastie, Veggie Pastie, Battered Sausage, Burger, Helicopter Burger (cheddar, ham and a fried egg), Veggie Burger, and Toasty (ham and cheddar).
Side items include Curry, Gravy, Mushy Peas, and Heinz Beans
Price guide: Breakfast $ 4-12 Meals $5-11
What we ordered: Having been my first visit to The Anchor, I knew I must order the Fish & Chips, along with sides of mushy peas and curry for the fries. The cod filet was served in one large piece, battered and crispy with a sprinkling of sea salt. The fish was light and flaky and the addition of the salt was a really nice touch. There was a generous amount of chips in the basket, thick-cut fries lightly fried. The curry sauce was a nice accompaniment to the fries and kicked up the flavor few notches. I also enjoyed the mushy peas, which were mushy and buttery.
My companion had the Veggie Pastie with Chips. The pastie was a mixture of potato, carrot, onions, then battered and fried. The crispy, crunchy outside was a a splendid contrast in texture to the softer veggies inside. The bite I had reminded me somewhat of a pierogie, it was tasty!
Service: We were able to get a small table after just a few minutes wait. Our server quickly appeared to take drink orders and was ready for us to order just a few minutes later. Food was prepared in less than ten minutes and brought to our table hot and fresh. My companion and I stayed much longer than our dinner took but we never felt like they were trying to rush us out the door.
Overall Impression: Limited menu but the prices are very reasonable; you can’t go wrong with the Fish & Chips.