Without even saying anything about the food, how can you say "no" to this view while you're enjoying a meal? This is the view you'll enjoy if you stop at one of my McCall "Must Eats," Anchor Restaurant beneath the Yacht Club.
After completely reinventing the way I ate to reset my body and drop 22 pounds a few months ago, I was looking forward to a little bit of a cheat meal at Anchor. It quickly became my favorite place to eat in McCall after I inhaled their scallop stuffed prawns last 4th of July and during Winter Carnival. When it comes to offering the best Idaho has to offer, it starts in Anchor's kitchen. Their head chef Sean grew up in Jerome and worked his way up the ranks at restaurants in Sun Valley, Boise and managed a seafood restaurant in Seattle. McCall should be proud Sean decided to come back to Idaho and Anchor.
We took the reservation route to enjoy a meal at Anchor. It's a must if you're visiting on 4th of July or during Winter Carnival because their seating offers one of the best views of the fireworks over Payette Lake and fills up quickly. We called on July 3rd and were able to secure a table for two on the patio for the 4th at 6 PM. My guy and I are on a bit of a sushi kick lately, so we decided to start with something close to sashimi, the Tuna Carpaccio. The thin sliced tuna, served with ginger pickled mango, cucumber salsa and sliced baguette was a perfect light way to start off a meal after we downed a few plates of their complimentary breaded garbanzo beans.
Much to my dismay, I noticed that the scallop stuffed prawns I was so excited about were no longer on the menu. Our server (who was awesome) told me Anchor changes their menu twice a year and even though my old favorite had made it through three menu rotations, they're no longer available. I was bummed, but I'm down for anything with scallops in it so I opted for the Seafood Sunsplash. The meal game in a large bowl loaded down with prawns, scallops, mussels and clams swimming in a lemon-coconut broth with mushrooms, peppers,mangoes and toasted almonds. It's also served with a butternut squash risotto. I've been to a lot of seafood restaurants in Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach and Boston...but this dish tops anything I've had at those restaurants! I kid you not when I say I ate every last bit that I could of this dish. Yes, that including eating what was left of the broth as a soup.
My boyfriend had the special, which was some sort of fish wrapped in bacon and enjoyed his meal as much as I did. Making sure we had a reservation to be there was well worth it. The meals are a bit on the pricey side (most "After 5" dishes range from $20-$28) but you won't mind once you try one of Sean's delicious dishes!
Check out Anchor's menu HERE. For reservations you can hit them up at 208-634-HOOK.