Anchor & Hope
Just finished lunch at Anchor and Hope, the newish restaurant opened by the Rosenthal brothers and Doug Washington. Being a true east coaster, I was a little leery when they delivered a lobster roll with something other than drawn butter. THANK GOD it wasn't mayo. It was a delicious blend of spices on a fantastic east coast style roll. And those kettle chips, light as air and perfectly salted.
We started with the gravlax salad which was fantastic, especially when you ate it with the yummy potato cake.
Though this is an east coast fish house, I'm not sure if my favorite part was all of the wines by the glass or the home made chocolate cake with salt and nuts on the frosting. I hope everyone gets to try out this little gem of a restaurant.
I was there two weeks ago and they had these incredible crab claws called Jonah Crabs that reminded me of Florida Stone Crabs from my youth. Super sweet with lots of meat.
Hmmm... A lobster roll, slaw & fries for a mere $33. A beer with that (price not listed), T & T, and we're talking $50 for a little East coast nostalgia.
I guess I'll stop bad-mouthing my neighborhood (North Beach) Lobster Shack's prices (about $32 for the same thing).
I admit... some of wines by glass were fun. The menu was great.... the fish and chips were some of the best I have ever had. As a fisherman, I have had many docked for lunch, and these were solid.
The chairs are dangerously light on that slick floor... we saw 3 seperate people go over while dining there.
But I walked away regretting the whole experience due to the final bill. Frankly. I would go back, but it is not nearly as casual a price as the atmosphere.