The Anchor to open in Over-the-Rhine

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Race Street is getting a second restaurant, just in time for the opening of Washington Park. The Anchor, an “urban seafood restaurant”, will open at 14th and Race. The owner, Derek dos Anjos, grew up in Cincinnati and recently moved back after 15 years in Brooklyn, where he operated a similar restaurant, “The Brooklyn Fish Camp,” which received “Best New Restaurant” from Time Out New York. The menu will feature casual seafood disdhes: fried clams, softshell crabs, lobster rolls and other beach-inspired dishes.

It will open at the same time as Washington Park, which inspired the concept.   dos Anjos believes that Washington Park can become the “anchor” of the Over-the-Rhine community– thus the restaurant name.


  1. David says:

    What was the first restaurant on race street?

  2. Dave says:

    What ever happened to the new “Mullane”s?”

  3. 3horseshoes says:

    I wonder if he will try and make it a little more affordable than its brethren.

    • Julie says:

      Not sure, but “affordable” is pretty subjective. Of the new restaurants in the area, Bakersfield is probably the most affordable- I’ve walked out with a check of less than $10 before.

  4. Ajbell2 says:

    I was a bit leery at first, I had heard seafood before, and I thought “McCormick & Schmick’s.” This should be interesting though, it certainly seems to fit more with the trendy stuff that’s going on in OTR. However, I am a Cincy transplant, and ordering seafood in Ohio always strikes me as, well, just plain wrong. Maybe if they served fish out of the OH River it would seem better. On second thought, maybe not. . . .

    • Julie says:

      Yeah, I think I’d skip Ohio river fish.  🙂  Suppliers here are getting better and better seafood, due to better logistics.  I don’t think it’s as bad an idea as it used to be (I’ve had amazing mussels here, for example) as long as the supplier is good.  

  5. Jenna says:

    Is the post supposed to read “softshell crab”? I have never heard of softshell clams.  Either way, I’d be game.  There aren’t enough places that offer good seafood in Cincinnati.

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