|Clam cakes with malt vinegar dipping sauce|
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Hope & Anchor in Red Hook, Brooklyn
While out on the East Coast last week visiting friends and family, I stubbled along an excellent diner in the middle of industrial, Red Hook Brooklyn. The diner was recommended to me by my brother who insisted I would enjoy this, "burger joint." Those of you who know me best will know that I am not a huge burger fan, I prefer the black bean type if you get the gist ;) Anyhow, we ended up having a wonderfully filling meal I will certainly remember. The diner was made to look retro with funky black and white photographs taken of the neighborhood hung on brick walls. A small bar featured red glitter roll stools and a full stock of spirits proudly displayed. The diner is full when we arrive about twelve thirty. The menu is quite large with a handful of enticing apps, burgers, sandwiches and salads. I am immediately drawn to the clam cake fritter app with a malt vinegar dipping sauce. Naturally, I order it having been sold on the vinegar addition. Too few restaurants understand the beauty of vinegar. As an aside, if you have never tried malt vinegar on your fries, you are in for a treat. For the main event I decide on a "specialty" tofu burger featuring miso paste, edamame puree, and green onion. The clam cakes arrive and I am shocked by the size of them. They look like the best of the state fair fried fare. I dig in to find the fitters soft and gooey inside like a funnel cake. The edges are crisp and the center is moist and fluffy with a subtle hint of salty clam flaked inside. I dip the fritter into the vinegar sauce and immediately want to demand the recipe from the chef. The sauce is fairly light and creamy. I am guessing it's made with garlic, condescended milk and malt vinegar. The tart vinegar is perfectly paired against the sweet and salty clam cakes. My tofu burger arrives just as I have almost filled up on the clam cakes. The burger looks nothing like tofu, the patty is green and has the consistency of play dough! I know that sounds gross, but it was sooo delicious. I hastily bite into the patty forgetting to take a picture for my dear blog (please forgive me!). The waiter explained the patty is made by grinding miso paste, parsley, cilantro, tofu and spices together and then crisping the edges on the griddle. The burger was accompanied by a generous portion of salty fries and a side salad. Needless to say we all left stuffed and happy. I would undoubtably make a trip back to the Hope & Anchor for the clam cakes and tofu burger any day! Click here to check out their website. Stayed tuned for my remake of the malt vinegar dipping sauce!