Midwest Living Review
Despite its movie star cachet, Twin Anchors, located on a quiet corner in Old Town, hasn't gotten too big for its bootlegger history and loyal neighborhood clientele. One of Chicago's oldest restaurants, the nautical-theme tavern opened in 1932. During his heyday, Frank Sinatra entertained cronies in the red leather booths (Blue Eyes memorabilia hangs on the knotty pine walls). Just like when Frank swung into town, Conan O'Brien, Robert DeNiro, Goldie Hawn, Tim McGraw and Charles Barkley nosh on tender barbecue ribs. Batman thriller "The Dark Knight" and romantic comedy "Return to Me," starring Minnie Driver and David Duchovny filmed scenes here. Records show that Schlitz Brewing Company donated the bar during World War I. Owned by the Tuzi family for more than 30 years, the legendary tavern housed in an 1881 brick features 30 beers, start at $4. The large menu loaded with Sinatra snippets features zesty barbeque specialties (ask for extra napkins): rib and chicken combo ($17.95), baby back ribs slab ($20.95), fish fry, burgers, and kids' rack ($8.50). House dessert cheesecake (two flavors nightly) disappoints: It was cold and hard like a cement brick. But wait service is warm, friendly, seasoned and spiffy. No reservations, so expect to wait at peak dining hours (open nightly for dinner; lunch on weekends). Along with a juke box, there's an ATM tucked in the corner just like all good bars. Valet parking $8. Turn over your ride cause street parking is mostly for neighborhood permit starting around 7 p.m., just when things get hopping.