The Anchor Fish & Chips in Northeast is a cult classic. The food is always delicious and it’s always insansely busy, which means that there’s an art to getting seated at Anchor.
Because there are only a couple tables set up to accommodate more than two people if you go to dinner with more than that you’re looking at a minimum 45 minute wait. Seating is first-come-first-serve, so if you are trying to go with a party, either send someone to put your name in ahead of time or simply don’t go at supper time!
While it may seem sacriligious to order something other than “Fish & Chips” at a restaurant named, literally, after the dish, they do have some equally delectable options. I’ve heard amazing things about the Shepard’s Pie, and my friend who was my date for the night, Kathleen, ordered the burger and loved the Irish Cheddar on it.
As for the side dishes, I’ve had the Mushy Peas and the Heinz Beans, both of which I recommend. I can’t recommend the coleslaw, solely because I’m not a cabbage person, but Kathleen ordered it and was in love with it.
I’m not joking when I say she was in love with it. She literally ordered a second helping as dessert haha…
Fish & Chips:
Just delicious. The tartar sauce is 25¢ upcharge and worth every penny. The fish is crispy and fresh and the “chips” a.k.a fries, are extremely crispy. The only downside to this dish is that the grease and oils from the fried fish tend to soak the fries directly underneath and they can get a little soggy. However, they are still absolutely delicious.
They have a pretty decent selection. I ordered the Magner’s Cider, which I’ve never had before. It was really good. Instead of the crisp apple taste that is normally associated with ciders, it was pretty smooth.
There are pros and cons to the service.
Pros being that the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, and it’s really cool to see them cook in the open.
The only real con is that, because of how busy they are, the server’s aren’t able to be very attentive. We were seated for probably about 10 minutes before our waitress was able to come over and get our order, and in that time we saw the tables on both sides of us get served. After our initial order we saw our waitress two other times, one of which was to drop off the check.
Ironically, a restaurant called “Anchor” has embraced mobility in the form of a food truck that frequents the Northeast Breweries.You can get their schedule HERE and follow it’s antics through their “tracker” webpage. The mobile Anchor tastes just as good as the stationary one with the added bonus of being able to gorge while on a patio enjoying a craft brew!
If you haven’t experienced The Anchor Fish & Chips yet, I implore you to do so. Four Stars.
The Anchor Fish & Chips
302 13th Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Tuesday – Wednesday: 4PM – 10PM
Thursday – Friday: 4PM – 11PM
Saturday: 10AM – 11PM
Sunday: 10AM – 10PM