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Night on the town

Posted June 04, 2014 in Community Featured, Clear Lake

It’s hard to beat a good prime rib. A thick slab of Iowa beef on a plate is almost always the favorite when my dining companion and I hit the town for a night out.

A thick slab of prime rib is always a hit at The Anchor Inn. Photo by Lori Berglund.

A thick slab of prime rib is always a hit at The Anchor Inn. Photo by Lori Berglund.

It was an early night when we wandered in to The Anchor Inn, next to The Surf. I was actually in the mood for something a little different, but my dining companion was hoping for someone to split the prime rib with, there was a good special on it, and I always love prime rib, so it was a pretty easy choice after all.

We ordered it medium and found it perfectly delectable. Nice marbling, juicy and tender and way more than enough for any two people to share. My dining companion ordered a cup of soup to start things off. The bowl came piping hot with tasty cheese and bits of bacon and looked to be all together just right to warm the heart and the body.

Meanwhile, I went for the salad, delivered cool and crisp and both a plate and tummy pleaser.

The servers seemed to dote on our table, always checking in to make sure everything was delicious and just as we ordered. It was a friendly atmosphere where you were not going to go away without making a few new friends.

The rest of the menu looked equally delicious as our taste-quenching prime rib. Bourbon barbecue ribs are rapidly becoming a local favorite, and I simply have to return to try all the different chicken taste combinations.

For something really different, my dining companion plans to really change it up with the “Pasta of the Sea,” a delightful dish that features clams, jumbo shrimp and jumbo scallops, all served up together in a layer of fettuccini noodles and tossed in a robusto sauce — I get hungry again just thinking about that fresh seafood cooked together and plated in such a beautiful fashion.

To top off the night, my dining companion shared another sweet order in the form of a turtle cheesecake. The flavors here are almost too decadent to admit, but there was tons of chocolate, caramel, pecan and, did I mention, chocolate? A sweet and sensational way to end any might, at least in my book.

The Anchor Inn
468 North Shore Drive
(641) 357-8688
Mon. – Thur.: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. – Sat.: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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