Our first restaurant after High School

Jack La Brasca
Palatine, IL

After High school, we had jobs and our first real paychecks. Living just south of Twin Anchors, we finally were able to pay for a great rib meal. With one of our friends behind the bar, Gus Johns, we were always welcomed at the Twin Anchors. The TA was not popular beyond the Old Town area, but we knew the Ribs and Rye bread were something special.

Today, we drive from distant suburbs to dine at the place first served us (60 years ago)... Sinatra had good taste in music and Twin Anchor Ribs. Hope it stays open for generations to come. We miss St. Michael High School and the Plaza Theatre, so we appreciate that our child hood places remain. 


Dennis Dalton
St Louis, MO

I grew up close to Twin Anchors...attended St Michael's Grade and High Schools. I used to walk to TA for carry out ribs when they were $3-4 a slab. 

Back in the early 1980's I returned to Chicago for an annual Trade Convention and suggested to some friends, who were in attendance with me, that we try an old favorite of mine for dinner. Five of us walked into TA on a Friday night in February, waited 90 minutes for a table and a tradition was born. Over the years, the word spread. One year we marched in with 23 folks. Clients and friends didn't even to bother to invite me as the years passed. They just went in their own little groups.

In the late 90's I invited a new client to dinner and asked what he had a "taste" for. He said he had the best ribs he'd ever had last year at a place called Twin Anchors and asked if I had ever heard of it. I told him that I had.

Thanks for the memories and many years of fantastic tastes.

I remember...

Bob Zuley
Chicago, IL

Been coming to Twin Anchors with my family since the late 70s when i was a kid. I remember when i was old enough to eat a full slab. And the Grolsch beer they had back then (i got the empty bottle).

Looks the same today. Same great ribs, service and ambiance. I think of my parents who loved Twin Anchors when i go there. Not only great ribs but best chili in the city.

Village Manager of Oak Lawn, Illinois

Larry and Madeline Deetjen
Oak Lawn, IL

After a cold Sunday night exchanging holiday gifts for the "right size"with my wife Madeline on the Magnificent Mile of Michigan Avenue, we went to our favorite historic restaurant for ribs, Twin Anchors. Who was already sitting in a booth but the Oak Lawn Director of Public Works, Steve Barrett and family. Time to open a South Side version of your fine restaurant known for great food, warm atmosphere, great service and of course great Chicago ambiance! Thanks for another great evening! Our family and friends from Boston ; Irvine, California ; and Deerfield Beach, Florida are our frequent guests as well! We look forward to our next visit!

Many, many moons ago...

Tye Ston
Homewood, IL

My family and I used to go to LaSalle Elementary School back in the early to mid 70's. One of our special treats was to eat at TA (as the folks in the neighborhood called it). We even used to retrieve our gym teacher from time to time from the restaurant. The good thing about that was that he would often have left overs that he would share with us. Over time, whenever we would visit the Old Town Triangle area, we would stop in and have dinner. Nothing really has changed (THANK YOU!). Great food. Cold beer. Great Service. Some of the ex-St. Michaels students/basketball players still run up there from time to time. Stay true to the old fashioned way of doing things. Bigger does not mean better and more (restaurants) does not equal quality. See you soon TA!