Anchor & Hope pre-translation
By: Darrah de jour
What do you get when you combine a turn of the century auto repair shop, a successful team of restaurant owners, cutting-edge architecture and awesome seafood? San Francisco’s latest “seafood is king” resty, Anchor & Hope.
This East Coast-style, 80-seater with trestle ceiling and exposed brick interior, designed by its owners, Doug Washington and the Brothers Rosenthal (of Salt House and Town Hall), is a lively and vibrant fish shack that pairs urbanity with warmth. Washington’s wife takes credit for the Darwinian mural above the 35-foot zinc bar, of voracious fish surviving by eating each other’s tails.
Chef and Boston-native, Sarah Schaffer (formerly of Frisson and trained by BRAVO channel’s Top Chef, Tom Colicchio) puts her fanciful spin on dishes such as, scallop ceviche, monkfish and chorizo stew, Guinness-battered fish and spicy mussel stew with saffron. “Angels on Horseback” is enough to make any homesick Long Island native feel temporarily sated. Blue Points wrapped in bacon and embellished with shaved arugula, lemon vinaigrette, and spicy rémoulade, the mollusks are then deep-fried until they mirror angels’ wings.
Desserts include pistachio and chocolate truffle brownies and a Meyer lemon tart. An extensive list of coastal wines and eight beers on tap are available too.
Dress upscale-casual, make sure to set a reservation, stick around and enjoy yourself.
Anchor & Hope
83 Minna St. (between 1st and 2nd Street), San Francisco
(415) 501-9100 or anchorandhopesf.com
Mon-Thu, 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-10pm; Fri, 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-11pm; Sat, 5:30pm-11pm; Sun, 5:30pm-10pm