Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Anthem Kitchen + Bar

Lunch at Faneuil Hall's Anthem Kitchen + Bar was nothing short of enjoyable; from the quality of the food, to the efficient service, to the tasteful atmosphere, everything about my experience at Anthem was pleasantly surprising. Since experiences are often based on expectations, what I had expected at Anthem was run of the mill pub food and bar staples. While the menu is based on such American classics, it was also unexpectedly inventive. Adam and I were out running errands when he announced his craving for buffalo chicken. I suggested Anthem on a whim, we checked the menu posted outside for said craving, and before you knew it, we were seated at a cozy table in the large windowed greenhouse placing our order for Buffalo Chicken Drumettes ($11). Eleven dollars for a typical buffalo chicken app is slightly over par, but for seven of these delectable drummettes in a mildly spicy buffalo glaze with crumbles of blue cheese lining the plate, they are well worth the price point. And lets not forget plentiful slices of celery and carrots for dipping. I couldn't get enough of the fancy drumette style, with the tender chicken and lightly crispy skin at one end, leaving the bone exposed at the opposite. I could appreciate a much cleaner eating experience compared to that of your typical bone-in buffalo drumstick or wing.To drink I ordered a Mai-Tai ($12) goslings dark + gold rums, orgeat almond syrup, lime, pineapple + grenadine. I don't usually go for Mai Tais but today it called to me. I knew I ordered it for a reason....!I'm a sucker for presentation, and therefore was easily infatuated with the mean faced tribal masked tumbler, with fun garnishes to boot. The drink itself was strong and sweet, the addition of orgeat syrup with a sweet nutty almond flavor adds complexity. Ideally I would have enjoyed a little less crushed ice, but overall I was happy with the balance of rum to fruit flavors in the drink.My Pulled Pork Flatbread Pizza ($14) was a generous portion size, woodgrilled and oozing with melted fontina draped over honey chipotle BBQ pulled pork, with beer braised onions and tomatoes. This is a sweet pizza, comparably so (complimented quite nicely by my fruity mai tai) but all that melty fontina cheese and fresh tomato lend contrast to the onions and pork. Served on a rustic wood board - once again the presentation served to impress. I had leftovers for two days. (Late night New Year Eve snack!)Unfortunately, Adam was not impressed with his All American Burger ($14) Velveeta, onion strings, shaved bacon. He didn't enjoy the Velveeta (in retrospect, was not thinking about the true consistency of the cheese when he placed his order) and noted the shaved bacon had a strange taste and texture. The patty itself was fine, the downfall was in the odd combination of toppings. I would be weary a burger served with Velveeta cheese in any establishment. It seems strange!It wasn't super crowded as we seemed to miss the lunch rush, but a few tables were sat scattered about the light flooded greenhouse and a slew of patrons popped a bottle of champagne at the wraparound bar. We were seated at a comfy high table next to the expansive window in one of the booths backed by red and orange fabric. The warm colors pop in a room of modern black tables and dark wood accents. An iron balcony sprawls above and a striking light fixture with exposed bulbs hangs overhead. I wouldn't deem it a Boston must visit, but if you live or work nearby, or find yourself out and about in Faneuil Hall craving buffalo chicken (looking for some upscale American Bar food) or hoping to enjoy an after work cocktail in a comfortable environment, definitely give Anthem Kitchen + Bar, located at 101 South Market Building, a shot.
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22 comments:

Christina said...

those wings look so crispy and mmmm that pizza! i want!

this free bird said...

i have to stop reading your blog before bed. where on earth can i get a chicken wing at this hour?? help!

xo,
c

MelissaNibbles said...

Velveeta? No thanks. I'll take the Mai Tai though.

Bridget said...

That pizza looks SO SO good!! I didnt realize Anthem went to that location! I think it used to be near the Garden right? Went there a few years ago! yeah I see the idea behind the velveeta, but no.

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I went with Alicia to Anthem for lunch once and I must confess...we ordered the same burger as Adam...and LOVED it!

Corinne said...

please tell me you were able to keep the mai tai glass!! that pizza looks like comfort food defined.

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

How have I never heard of this place?! Looks yummy!

Lizzy said...

I love Anthem! I've reviewed it on my blog before- not sure if they still have it but the Prosciutto Fig Tomato Flatbread and the Lobster cob were both fabulous!!! As well as the Lobster/Hanger Steak Tacos. I'm a huge fan of this place!!! But yes Velveeta cheese scares me!

Melissa said...

I would not expect Anthem to have velveeta anything on their menu! I went there for the opening party last year and the food seemed very classy and velveeta, well it's just not exactly. I love a good melty cheese but velveeta doesn't do it for me! Pizza looks good!

Amber Blue Bird said...

not a home run but the drink looks tasty

Meesh said...

great review! i had never heard of this place. that cup is amazing!!!!

Di said...

Those buffalo wings look so good! Maybe I can talk some friends into going there on Saturday before our night on the town. :)

shari @ little blue deer said...

You look really cute with the Mai Tai! Love that, someone should do a revival of Trader Vic's, all Hawaiian theme, how cool would that be? I wish I had known you last time we were in Boston, I know our meals would have been totally different! XX!

Megan said...

Those drumettes are impressive. And that drink is definitely very eye-catching. Too bad Adam didn't like his burger, but I doubt I would have gone for the Velveeta myself.

Jammer said...

Ok, I think I need a Mai Tai. Either now or to get me through work tmrw.

5 Star Foodie said...

The Buffalo Chicken Drumettes look yummy here for sure!

We Are Not Martha said...

I really need to try Anthem!! That flatbread looks and sounds amazing. Plus, I really want a mai tai :)

Sues

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

that pizza sounds/looks delicious! I went there when it used to be a steakhouse. will have to go back!

Ameena said...

I'm confused as to why any restaurant would advertise Velveeta on their menu? I mean, I'm sure places use it but to actually write it? Pretty gutsy if you ask me. :)

Have a wonderful weekend Daisy!

Elizabeth said...

Haha. that mai tai glass is awesome. Looks like such a fun atmosphere.

Alicia said...

I ate there a LOT when I was in Boston because it was so close to the office. Michelle and I destroyed the velveeta burger! All their flatbreads area great - as are the soft taco appetizers, and shrimp corndogs.

Oh, My Darling said...

Oh wow, totally digging that tumbler! How wonderfully festive and quirky. Extra points to this restaurant!