Anchor Fish & Chips is the kind of place you just want to keep coming back to. What makes it so special?

It’s small and cozy, with an open kitchen and the best fish and chips I’ve ever had. You know that’s a serious statement when it is coming from someone who grew up in Wisconsin. (A fish fry is almost mandatory on Friday nights.)

The prices are good, the portions huge and the staff friendly. Sometimes they even have accents! :) The rest of their (limited) menu sounds great but I just can’t stray from the fish and chips!

It’s always busy – on our most recent trip we were able to sneak in a seat at the bar, but we’ve also been there and waited an 1.5 hours. But trust me, it’s worth it. (The glasses of wine are $4, which make any wait much better!)

They are unapoligetically meat/fish-centric and a clear statement letting all patrons know that everything comes in contact with meat/fish. I find this incredibly endearing. They aren’t trying to cater to everyone – and I really like that they aren’t trying to be something they aren’t. They know what they do well. There are a few veggies options on the menu: locally made Veggie Burger and Veggie Pastie which I’m sure are very good, but if you are a strict veg, I would recommend visiting a different place.

I know we’ll go back as often as our wastlines can handle the entirely fried meal (!) – but after two visits, next time we know just how to order:

  • 1 order fish & chips
  • 1 order fish
  • 1 coleslaw
  • 1 mushy peas

This probably sounds like a ton of food, and it is, but we’ll still have plenty of leftovers to take home with us. (They are easily re-bakedĀ  at home)

Anchor Fish & Chips:

302 13th Avenue NE

Minneapolis, MN 55413

612-676-1300

19 Comments (Reply )

  1. Mellissa
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I miss a good Friday night fish fry!

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    • Emily
      Jan 28, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      You have to go to Anchor then!!

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  2. Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 12:34 pm

    I remember eating Fish and Chips while we lived in England. I refused to even touch the Fish (I was like 6-7 yrs old), but I adored the Chips. :)

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  3. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 12:48 pm

    I have despised fish all my life, which made the ritual Friday night fish fry something to avoid . . . :) but Dan’s brother says Anchor’s veggie pasties are amazing! Fried pot pie? Sounds good to me!!!!

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    • Emily
      Jan 28, 2011 @ 1:40 pm

      That does sound good! I guess I didn’t realize that is what pasties were!

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  4. Tiffany @ Simply Shaka
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I only tried fish and chips for the first time a couple of years ago. I loooooove it! I only allow myself to have it a few times a year since it could easily become an addiction for me.

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    • Emily
      Jan 28, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

      Um, yes, welcome to my addiction.

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  5. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

    I love fish & chips – especially with malt vinegar, Jersey shore style! :)

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  6. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Hmmm.. we definitely don’t have “mushy peas”, but I would LOVE to see you at the Tin Fish this summer!!

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    • Emily
      Jan 29, 2011 @ 11:47 am

      I will be there! I love Tin Fish!

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  7. Erika @ Dr.TriRunner
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Hmmm.. we definitely don’t have “mushy peas”, but I would LOVE to see you at the Tin Fish this summer!!

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  8. Michelle (The Runner's Plate)
    Jan 28, 2011 @ 3:38 pm

    Just discovered your blog, and I love it! I was born and raised in MN, and I definitely remember the fish fries on Friday nights!

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  9. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 8:54 am

    mmmm I could go for some of that food.

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  10. sarah (sarah learns)
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    is it sad that i’m EXCITED for lent because that means friday night fish fry’s are mandatory?!

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    • Emily
      Jan 29, 2011 @ 5:25 pm

      Not at all! :)

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  11. Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run
    Jan 29, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    Looks delicious! $4 glasses of wine – that is my kind of place. And I love places that are about 1 or 2 main things and don’t apologize for that. At least they know what they’re good at!

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  12. Sara @ Nourish and Flourish
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    Fish n’ chips is pure comfort food! Looks awesome! What are mushy peas? I’m intrigued! :-)

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    • Emily
      Jan 30, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

      They are basically just peas mushed up with a little melted butter. (To my knowledge at least, I’m sure they vary.) It sounds and looks terrible but they are pretty good! And I don’t even really like peas that much!

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  13. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Jan 30, 2011 @ 3:41 pm

    I love the Anchor! What a cute little place. I, too, considered going Veg for my meal there… and then quickly reconsidered. You can’t go there and not order those fish and chips. :)

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