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Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern is one of the oldest eating establishments in Chicago. Founded in 1932, it offers a variety of appetizers, side dishes, salads and sandwiches. The restaurant provides New York strip steak, grilled shrimp, Caesar salad and filet mignon. Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern also offers baked beans, onion rings and french fries. It provides a children s menu that includes grilled cheese and chicken nuggets. The restaurant offers juices in various flavors, such as apple, cranberry, grapefruit, orange and tomato. Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern additionally provides a selection of beverages, including lemonade, ice tea and coffee. It operates a merchandise store that offers T-shirts and gift cards.

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Primary Phone: (312) 943-3528

Fax: (312) 943-3528

TollFree: (888) 266-1616

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all major credit cards
Price Range
Old Town Triangle, Central Chicago, Near North Side
American Restaurants, Bars, Take Out Restaurants, Barbecue Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Taverns, Family Style Restaurants, Steak Houses, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Barbecue, Family Style, American, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Steakhouse

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes


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Still one of the best rib joints on the

Still one of the best rib joints on the city. Who's not going to like the neighborhood atmosphere of this local haunt. Crowded always.



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Delicious Ribs!

Twin Anchors a place to go for ribs because they have the best ribs in town. They have delicious food and good service. The place is small and cozy. But overall it was great.
Dine in, enjoy the outdoor cafe in the summer and just make sure you take time to enjoy a cold beer, a zesty slab, and Old Blue Eyes on the jukebox.

Kev C


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Hands down the best ribs

All you need to decide is spicy or mild. Incredible ribs that just fall off the bone.



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Chicago staple

Before I moved to Chicago I would always come here. Since I live here I have only been once but I will definitely be back. If you are entertaining guests from out of town or just want a really good dinner - Twin Anchors is never a bad choice.



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Not sure what the fuss is about

So many people told me these were the best ribs in Chicago. I didnt find them to be that great. Maybe just a bad night? The ribs were inconsistant, very dry meat in sections. Inexcusable for the price and the hype.



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Sinatra didn't know his ribs

Historic...yes. Total dive (in a good way)...yes. Worth experiencing...yes. Best ribs let alone good way. I never understand why people who rave about this place always start by raving about the food. I totally agree that it's an institution steeped in history, but every time I come hear the food totally lets me down. The food should not be the reason you come here.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The ribs are fall off the bone good.

Now that being said if you are into southern BBQ this is not. The food is good and the help is very nice. But this place really is more than just the food. I really liked the feel of the place. We sat in the front corner of the bar and a cold Saturday morning. It just felt right. I felt like I was from the neighborhood and this is the place we hang out. There are better ribs out there but these where still very good. I have to recommend trying it. I may try to go when it is busy to see how the atmosphere is then.



Provided by Citysearch - 
i love this ""old man's bar"" and the ribs and friday fish fry are superb

I go here often because the charming ""seafaring"" old tavern decor/atmosphere and fine food keep me coming back. I have spent many happy New Year's Eves here. A very cozy place when the snow is piling up outside. It is great for kids and for dates too--it is romantic if you can get a booth or sit at the end of the bar.



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Ribs always perfect!

Twin Anchors is my favorite place to go for ribs. The ribs are always made perfect and the tender meat falls right off the bone. I prefer the zesty sauce already on my ribs with extra sauce on the side. However, you can request your ribs dry with the sauce served on the side. I also recommend the chili on the menu.

The place is small and cozy. You may have to wait awhile for a table but it is well worth the wait!



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Great Ribs!

Great Ribs. Service was quick and friendly. I loved their sauce, nice and zesty!! The place was very cozy and warm. I plan to go there again real soon!!



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Too much build up....

I have just recently moved to chicago, and everyone has been raving about the ribs at Twin Anchors, and I was sadly disappointed, the ribs were dry and lacked the tenderness and flavor one would expect from one of the city's best rib place, although in spite of the failure in the ribs, they redeemed themselves with some of their sides such as the onion rings and creamed spinach, although not enough to pull through for me. The atmosphere of the restaurant itself is quite fun, busy, and an assortment of all ages of people.



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What a place

What can I say that has not been said already, this place is great. Loved it, great food, cant remember having eaten so much. Loved it.



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You call that Ribs?

I guess I am just used to my down south slow-smoked ribs and sugary sauce, but I didn't care for the ribs at all. Still, the place is great and the people (and there are plenty of them) are friendly. Well-worth a trip, but don't go expecting great BBQ.



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twin anchors is a twin treat

Don't know what the previous rater was talking about with the sauce. I found it delicious and the baby backs were great, also a fantastic hamburger. Ambience was lacking but the service was OK. Go there and pig out.



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Overachieving corner pub

I'm a local in the Twin Anchors area, and I've never felt it justified the hype. My ribs were slightly dry and the sauce doesn't hit me as a world-class sauce.



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Nothing Special

I recently brought my family to dine at Twin Anchors after hearing much buzz about the establishment. I have to say that I normally don't complain poor food or poor service or both, and I haven't with Twin Anchors, until now. There ribs are mediocre, their barbeque sauce is nothing to rant and rave about, there ranch dressing is the worst I've ever tasted and I felt as though I was sitting on the patron's lap behind me. Don't waste your time with this restaurant, treat yourself to the fireplace or another rib joint in the same vicinity.



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Consistently good ribs

this is the famous bar for ribs. they are actually very good. seating is minimal so waits can be long. side dishes are fine-nothing outstanding. the pulled pork sandwich is quite good too. nice old chicago feel. being a bar, drinks are plentiful.



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You can guess what GFC stands for [have the chicken].Great locals reataurant! If your ever near by you have to check this one out. Be perpared for a wait and enjoy the atmosphere. It's well worth the wait!



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It's Not Just About the Ribs

This place is about the experience. It's going there on Sat night at 6:30 expecting to have a couple of cocktails and a smoke and watching the end of the late afternoon college football games while you wait for your table. The ribs are great but probably wouldn't be rated the best in Chitown by those who are tru Texas-style ribs fans,b/c they boil rather that slo-smoke them. Whatever- they're great and the onion rings are perfect. Go with a bunch of good people who want to eat, drink and have a good time- and go during Christmas time when they put lights up around the windows and it's snowing and you can sit in the corner booth- amazing.

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