THE 21 MOST UNDERRATED RESTAURANTS IN LA
Published July 2015, by Jeff Miller
What you're getting: Truffle-topped lobster roll
We've told you about this year-old place before, and we're gonna keep telling you about it, 'cause it's that good, and apparently no one else will: the lobster roll's among the best in the city, and The Anchor's unusual take on chicken & waffles (the chicken is FRIED IN WAFFLE BATTER AND TOPPED WITH MAPLE SYRUP) are just two of the can't-go-wrong choices on its menu.
The Hottest Brunch Spots in Los Angeles, August 2015
Published August 2015
This Venice eatery has all the makings of an ideal neighborhood restaurant, right down to the weekend brunch. Running 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the menu boasts a black truffle laden lobster roll, a frittata, french toast, and croque monsieur. Wash down the meal with bottomless micheladas or mimosas for $14.
The Anchor, Where Urban Grit Meets Seaside Charm
Published Tuesday, September 2, 2014, by Matthew Kang - la.eater.com
Taking over the former Vardo on Main Street, please welcome The Anchor, an industrial chic wine bar right on that murky line between Venice and Santa Monica. Soft opening September 3, this gritty production by Kristin Ciccolella and Sandy Ames hopes to be a happening community hub once it debuts. Offering everything from fresh oysters, biodynamic wines, waffle-crusted chicken wings, lobster pot pie, and a slate of addictive desserts, Venice has found its ideal week day (and weekend) haunt... Read More.
Gadarene Swine by Phillip Lee open soon,
Bacari PDR, the Anchor Venice now open
Published September 05, 2014 - Eat- LA Times
The Gadarene Swine, chef Phillip Lee's (Scratch Bar) second Los Angeles restaurant will open Tuesday in Studio City. The menu is strictly vegan and includes kale and maitake chips, crispy yucca, roasted mushrooms with burnt sweet potato, shaved vegetable salad and more. You can also...... Read More.
VENICE WELCOMES ANCHOR RESTAURANT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Published November 6, 2014 - BY: ERIN KUSCHNER - TimeOut.com/los-angeles
When The Anchor first opened in early September this year, the phrase that kept popping up was "NY-meets-Venice." Dreamed up by owners Kristin Ciccolella and Sandy Ames, the restaurant was born out of their need for a little slice of home after moving from Harlem. I can see it, kind of. The space is tiny, and though it's decked out with nautical accents that remind me more of Maine than Manhattan, it's also a place where you can sit down at the bar solo, order a glass of wine and a lobster roll, and feel completely at ease—something that is arguably more NY than LA. Our city thrives on group brunches and lunch meetings, not solitary dining. Yet The Anchor is also very, very Venice. Chef Dustin Taylor (Michael's,Comme Ca) mans the kitchen here, taking full advantage of farmers' market produce with dishes like a kale and quinoa salad and fresh sea fare. And what is a Venice restaurant without kale?
VENICE WELCOMES ANCHOR RESTAURANT TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Published September 21, 2014 - by Michelle A Slieff - localemagazine.com
Your Friendly Neighborhood Hangout
Venice welcomes this oceanic charm with its industrial air to the neighborhood. This chic wine bar design gives a touch of New York City to this beachy relaxed scene, while still offering menu items that are familiar and approachable with its fresh California casual vibe. The menu is just like the space of the restaurant, intimate. So don’t worry about having to make too many decisions, just know that when you pop into the neighborhood and you’re looking for a flip flop feel while still demanding the quality of Michelin starred restaurants, you’ve met your match here at The Anchor. Read More.
THE ANCHOR STAYS TRUE TO ITS LOW-KEY VENICE ROOTS
Published October 20, 2014 - by YO VENICE STAFF - YoVenice
Venice’s celebrated Main Street and Rose Avenue hub has a new hot-spot – The Anchor – a sexy, gritty wine bar vibe that stays true to its low-key Venice roots.
Owners Kristin Ciccolella and Sandy Ames have brought their vision of a casual, creative menu of bio-dynamic wines, craft beer, and seasonal, seafood-inspired share plate dishes including oysters, charcuterie, and their signature Lobster Roll – all injected with energy and “no B.S.” attitude.
A Tiny Seaside Oyster-and-Beer Bar
Published September 02, 2014 - urbandaddy.com
There’s only one way to cure this post-holiday-weekend malaise.
And we’re assuming that, for you, it’s buried somewhere inside this little burst of word nonsense: lobster Venice oyster ale grüner patio chicken waffles.
(Hopefully you have that Saved by the Bell movie in your DVR, too.)
Drift into The Anchor, a tiny beachside oyster refuge with a vast patio, now soft-open for dinner on Main Street in Venice.
6 Design Ideas to Steal From an Edgy Nautical Kitchen
Published February 10, 2015 -
Nautically inspired interior design tends to be traditional, so when we set our eyes on the modern and edgy maritime aesthetic of hot new L.A. restaurant The Anchor Venice, it had the wheels in our heads turning in a whole new direction. There wasn’t a blue-and-white stripe or a coral motif to be found. Instead? A custom rope light fixture, a one-of-a-kind wall mural by an acclaimed street artist, and subtle, thoughtfully placed anchor details.
We reached out to the restaurant’s interior designer Sally Breer, an uber-talented, young, and rising design star, to steal some ideas for how to get the look at home.
THE 9 BEST SPOTS FOR EAST COAST EATS IN LOS ANGELES
Published March 3, 2015
What you're getting: Lobster roll
The only dish listed under The Anchor's "A Must" menu section, this lobster roll is... um... a must. The thing is, it's both a classic lobster roll (perfectly buttered roll and rich, pleasantly juicy lobster) and not (ultra-thin truffle shavings), but the whole thing is far larger (and ultimately more satisfying) than its closest competitors (we're looking at you, Son of a Gun).
The 24 Hottest Brunch Spots in Los Angeles, February 2015
Published February 20, 2014
This dog-friendly spot on the border between Santa Monica and Venice has some comforting dishes that would really cure a hangover; that is, until you start drinking again on that lovely patio. Start a weekend meal with a bread pudding or biscuits and gravy. Then move onto the excellent lobster roll or a pulled pork cuban sandwich. Wash it down with a soju bloody mary (don't worry, it won't be as strong as one made with vodka).
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Join Your Mates For Oysters & Wine At The Anchor Venice
Published September 05, 2014
Brilliantly timed with the end of summer comes The Anchor, a petite small-plates-and-wine bar on Main Street with the majority of its seating on a lengthy front patio under the soft glow of string globes. So as autumn rolls in, you can arrogantly slurp oysters and sip craft beer seaside in 70 degree-plus temps as Mother Nature turns a cold shoulder everywhere else.