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Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern

Twin Anchors Restaurant & Tavern

BBQ Joint$$$$
Old Town Triangle, Chicago
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    The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    Brad K.
    "Frank Sinatra's old hangout...check."(4 Tips)
    Allison K.
    "Must get the slab of ribs with the prohibition sauce"(63 Tips)
    Kate S.
    "Ribs and baked beans for the win!"(4 Tips)
    Ashley R.
    "Half slab and creamed spinach - what else is there?!"(4 Tips)
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  • Lewis
    LewisAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Frequented by Sinatra, this tavern is rich in nostalgic history & was part of the latest Batman film. If you like spicy, go for the ribs soaked in Prohibition sauce & you can buy it by the bottle!
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Their ribs are drip-off-the-bone amazing and the meals are solidly old fashioned and will leave you waddling out the door with a greasy smile plastered across your puss. Read more
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    While the food is just as good as it ever was, the owners have expanded the beer selection over the past few years to include some of our favorite American Craft brews. Read more
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin M. McNally, CMPAugust 21, 2018
    This is where RETURN TO ME was filmed along with so many other movies. Iconic restaurant to enjoy beverages and belly filling meals. Fun staff. So much to absorb-(dare I say, I dare) you will return.
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    Meghan PreussSeptember 17, 2018
    Historic bbq spot in Old Town! Get the ribs with Zesty sauce but get some Prohibition sauce (spicier) on the side! There will probably always be a wait to be seated but it’s worth it!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MankowskiApril 13, 2013
    The best rib joint in Chicago. Get the full slab and prohibition sauce with one of the classic cocktails; manhattan, apricot stone sour or a martini
  • Pulga R.heart icon on user image
    Pulga RodriguezApril 27, 2019
    Love this place! Excellent food and service. Everything in the menu is good, you can’t make any wrong choose
  • Angela
    AngelaMarch 17, 2015
    Hands down the best ribs I've had. The prohibition sauce is so money. Onion rings and fresh slaw makes this one perfect meal. Really crowded on the weekends.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoAugust 3, 2014
    This barbecue restaurant's epic reign of ribs—it opened in Old Town in 1932 in a building that was reportedly once a speakeasy—has earned it status as an institution. Read more
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KOctober 1, 2014
    Amazing ribs! All of the sides are great too, plus some unique beer taps. Come early - this place has a long wait.
  • Madeleine D.
    Madeleine DonovanMarch 2, 2019
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent ribs with prohibition sauce. Amazing burger. Order it with the garlic butter for the bun.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GriffinApril 28, 2012
    Trent highly recommends the steak. Best for the price in Chicago. The ribs with the new Prohibition blend BBQ sauce is still the reason to come.
  • ᴡ T.heart icon on user image
    ᴡ T.December 31, 2018
    Everything - from atmosphere to ribs to old fashioned. Amazing place!
  • Miguel H.heart icon on user image
    Miguel HernandezJuly 31, 2016
    Ribs, Ribs & Ribs (Zesty Sauce)
  • Lina G.heart icon on user image
    Lina GonzoSeptember 9, 2012
    Get the full slab! Say hi to Arnie. He has been giving us welcoming smile for many many years.
  • Max W.heart icon on user image
    Max WennekerJuly 10, 2016
    Great ribs. Get onion rings as the side and Prohibition sauce as the sauce.
  • Suzanne P.
    Suzanne PerryJuly 6, 2013
    Hidden gem. The best ribs in Chicago! Plus they must have the largest selection of craft beers I've ever seen.
  • Chris A.heart icon on user image
    Chris AndrewDecember 10, 2014
    Onion rings and Soy Sandwich for vegetarians. Kevin Brewer on a Tuesday night is the best bar tender!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 8, 2014
    The baked ribs aren't for everyone, but it's hard to argue with the old school charm.
  • Dana J.heart icon on user image
    Dana JensenMay 30, 2015
    Fall-off-the-bone ribs (hallelujah), strangely good bread, okay sides, nice sauces (all relatively mild, but flavorful)
  • Gabe J.
    Gabe JohnsonDecember 5, 2013
    Sinatra would have bought a Twin Anchor's t-shirt if he could have.. he really would have. Read more
  • Mikey D.heart icon on user image
    Mikey DiazJanuary 6, 2017
    The ribs are so delicious and fall off the bone.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithNovember 10, 2012
    The pulled pork sandwich is decent; get it with the zesty sauce and the true standout at this joint: the onion rings.
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    MEREDITH POLLOCKOctober 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Has Some Of The Best Ribs Ever, and It's a Block or Two Away From One Of My Sister's Houses.
  • Mary V.heart icon on user image
    Mary VruwinkAugust 26, 2019
    Fantastic food, great service, reasonable prices, this place is a gem.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The zesty baked beans actually are zesty! Who minds waiting on a Friday night with all the great drafts they have at the bar. - Inspector
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtDecember 1, 2017
    Ribs are on point and the Prohibition sauce is 🔥
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael G.April 4, 2019
    Ribs with Prohibition sauce. So good it shouldn’t be allowed. Meanwhile, the onion rings were terrible m.
  • Trail B.heart icon on user image
    Trail BlazerMay 14, 2015
    Best ribs in chicago. Get prohibition sauce. Decent bar area
  • Marcelo U.heart icon on user image
    Marcelo UemuraSeptember 22, 2015
    Fantastic ribs! Loved the prohibition sauce.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiDecember 16, 2015
    Must get the slab of ribs with the prohibition sauce
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    michael manriqueAugust 19, 2016
    Ribs, chicken, beer, atmosphere
  • Jeff C.heart icon on user image
    Jeff CarterJuly 23, 2015
    Been here a number of times and they are coasting on reputation. Food just isn't very good. Atmosphere great.
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BrouchAugust 7, 2014
    Best ribs in Chicago. Frank Sinatra used to chill here.
  • Gretchen Y.
    Gretchen YlerNovember 19, 2009
    YUMMMMMMMMM-Y! Quite possibly some of the best BBQ ribs and pulled pork in the city. Be prepared to wait on a weekend night, but dont worry - you'll find the coldest pints around!
  • John F.
    John FriesAugust 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try a Full Slab of Ribs w Prohibition Sauce, Fries....and a Dirty Martini!
  • Sandra F.heart icon on user image
    Sandra FrazierJanuary 14, 2016
    Awesome food and great, friendly environment.
  • Grace L.
    Grace LaveryJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the ribs with zesty sauce! It's the best item on the menu.
  • Robert H.heart icon on user image
    Robert HessJanuary 25, 2012
    Best Ribs! Worth the wait - sit it out up the street at Marge's Still!
  • Kate
    KateApril 1, 2012
    Some of the best ribs in the world. No wonder Sinatra loved it here
  • Laura M.
    Laura MillerNovember 27, 2009
    Go here and be sure to order the ribs. This restaurant was also featured in the most recent Batman movie, and used to be a popular hangout for Frank Sinatra.
  • Jeff M.heart icon on user image
    Jeff MartinezApril 8, 2013
    Best Ribs anywhere...try prohibition sauce!!!
  • Vickie
    VickieJanuary 21, 2011
    Love the rib and chicken combo + the zesty sauce. Great any night of the week!
  • Kate S.heart icon on user image
    Kate SloanApril 16, 2017
    Ribs and baked beans for the win!
  • DKH Creative
    DKH CreativeApril 5, 2011
    Get as much of the brown bread (maybe it's Pumpernickel?) as you can - it's amazing!
  • Marty A.
    Marty AJune 6, 2010
    Great atmosphere. I do NOT understand the raving over the overcooked, overprepared, uninteresting ribs et al! Disappointing is all I can say. Especially since I live so close.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseMarch 17, 2015
    Half slab and creamed spinach - what else is there?!
  • Max L.
    Max LoegtersJune 4, 2012
    never even thinking about what I am ordering: always full rack of ribs with zesty sauce and a baked Idaho potato.
  • Shawn C.heart icon on user image
    Shawn CristJanuary 10, 2013
    Zesty sauce is excellent. Great staff....
  • Kathleen O.heart icon on user image
    Kathleen ODonnellMarch 7, 2017
    Ribs are great.
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