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Oct 2, 2009 05:18 PM

Opened 10/2 Anchor Fish and Chips - MSP

Doors opened at 4pm and they were already very busy, not so much in-house diners but mostly takeout.

The fish...flaky, tender, perfectly done with a wonderful crispy batter that never became soggy (1 large piece per order); chips were reminiscent of those at the original Anchor Bar in Belfast; crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside. But shockingly...they have no malt vinegar, only plain white. Don't get that one.

The table next to me sampled the Shepherd's Pie, and though they said it was good, the mashed spuds on top weren't browned a bit.

Brought a meat pastie home, and it is deep fried, not baked, and tasted and smelled as though it was cooked in the same fryer as the fish. Besides that, it was nothing very interesting, and incredibly salty.

Besides beer, they only have one red and one white wine by the glass, and though it isn't mentioned on the menu, it is a Cabernet from Argentina. The Server gave me a taste, and it was nothing special, though at $4, I suppose you can't complain.

All in all, I'll go back for fish and nothing else, as the menu is very small. Hopefully t he traditional Irish breakfast starting next weekend will be a nice breakfast choice.

The Anchor Fish and Chips
302 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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  1. thanks for the review SC. what is the pic on the right of? is it the meat pastie? it's hard for me to tell.

    i think it's profoundly weird that they wouldn't have malt vin & i bet they get so much grief that they'll have it within a week ;-)

    another poster on the other thread mentioned the meat pastie being super-duper salty. hopefully just a bum batch-- too bad they served it for their opening, but with any luck the problem will go away.

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    1. re: soupkitten

      Yes, the second picture is of the pastie....

    2. From a piece by Rick Nelson in the Star Tribune, way back in July:
      "And we're serving it with white vinegar, which is what we use at home, not malt vinegar. We'll educate people."

      The speaker is co-owner Kathryn Hayes, for whom "home" = Ireland.

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      1. re: KTFoley

        Interesting about the vinegar, I went knowing they wouldn't have malt vinegar but ended up wishing I had brought some. I asked for them not to salt the fish or the fries in my fish n chips order, and they complied...I like to decide how much salt goes on my food. I noticed a lot of people dousing the fish with ketchup. I did use the white vinegar , a bit of ketchup and some salt and pepper...the crust was incredibly crunchy, on both the fish and the fries. And the place notably didn't smell like grease....nor did the food taste at all greasy. I asked what they used to fry the food in and they said 'beef oil' . Although I enjoyed the meal, now I am wondering what beef oil is, tried going online and didn't find much except that maybe that's what McD's used to use before they went to vegetable oil. I wondered how it ended up leaving no obvious flavor on the food. Thinking too hard again... I did tell them that I think they need a good coleslaw on the menu....I am used to having fried fish with some coleslaw at places like Seasalt and Tin Fish. I offered my dressing to the owner and told her it involved cider vinegar and her eyes lit up and she seemed to approve of cider vinegar, said they probably will add some salads down the line a bit. So....maybe they could put some cider vinegar on the table and it wouldn't seem the malt vinegar.

        By the way, the place was super friendly and energized, the food did take kind of long to prepare, but it was fun people-watching while I waited.

        1. re: faith

          I have to stand corrected about the vinegar; white is used in Ireland, and malt in England...