1655 N. Sedgwick St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Twin Anchors makes ribs. I'm sure there's other stuff on the menu, maybe even good stuff, but I'd never even bother. The sides are really good too but I don't even usually make it to them. It's like saying "hey, I can see that you're driving that really nice Ferrari there but care to take this Corvette for a spin?" Maybe even a Ferrari covered in bbq sauce. I can only dream.
I've tried to make ribs on my own but they're capable of some kind of magic there that I can't replicate. It's possible that they've had some time to work out the kinks since opening in 1932.
Aside from the ribs being cooked to perfection, the variety of available sauces really tops it off.
Here's a breakdown of each:
Original - A fantastic base-line mild, tomato based sauce. This one was good enough to hold up on its own for the first nearly 50 years of the TA being around.
Zesty - Introduced 30 years ago, it's a tangy twist on the original.
Prohibition - The newest edition, a fiery variant with a lingering burn. I buy a bottle of this stuff to take home every time I visit.
The bottom line is that this place does ribs right. If it was good enough for Sinatra, it's good enough for you. Next time you're in the windy city make the effort. But show up early. The line stretches down the street on most nights.