Hope & Anchor
347 Van Brunt Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Blognut walks down Van Brunt Street through the remote industrial landscapes of Red Hook, Brooklyn. We stop to take a photo of the American Stevedoring Company after which we argue about the exact meaning of stevedoring – was Marlon Brando a stevedore in On the Waterfront?
We make our way down Van Brunt and step into the Hope & Anchor diner for quick breakfast. The retro tables are filled with meticulously unkempt diners, so we grab a swivel stool at the bar. We comment on the large glass jar of pickles behind the bar, which after talking with the waitress, we find out are actually slices of ginger – we never found out what they were planning on doing with the root.
Blognut orders the chorizo hash with scrambled eggs and the banana pancake special. The hash was amazing – perfectly spicy sausage with crispy potato pieces and cilantro – more a chunky concoction than a hash. The banana cakes were equally impressive with their piping hot banana centers and fresh slices resting on top.
Although Blognut could not find a single Nut on the menu, we would highly recommend Hope & Anchor for a delicious, all-American breakfast.
Food score – 9.5
(Hope & Anchor photo courtesy of Forgotten NY)