Midwest Living Review
Hold the fish! Don't let the name fool you. The Anchor Fish and Chips makes a mean, delicious ecofriendly hamburger. Located in Minneapolis's northeast working-class-turned-trendy neighborhood, The Anchor Fish and Chips bustles with old ladies in polyester pants chatting easily with the young folks still out from the night before, and families coming in for a Saturday lunch. Anchor's warm yet open floor plan with the kitchen exposed adds to the fun. Opened in 2009 by a couple of Irish expats and a Minnesota native, The Anchors menu features Irish fare, such as shepherd's pie ($8.50) with a side of mushy peas ($3), but it's the burger and chips ($8.50) -- made from local grass-fed beef, fried to order and served sizzling hot -- that that made us want to sing. Our burgers arrived quickly in metal baskets and topped with oozy, rich Irish Cheddar ($9.75). Tomato, lettuce, onion, a disappointing jarred pickle on the side were dwarfed by a mound of perfectly crisp, hand-cut chips. The burger was hot and juicy high-quality beef fried to perfection. The Anchor also offers The Helicopter Burger and Chips ($11). It's a burger topped with cheddar, an egg and a whirl of bacon. They use quality ingredients: organic, local where possible, and note on their menu they compost to reduce waste. After lunch, we can't imagine what is left compost -- except maybe the mushy peas.