At the table with Anna: Anthony’s Chophouse

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Address: 201 W. Main St., Carmel

What to get: Jumbo Sea Scallops

Price: $38

Anna’s take: Anthony’s Chophouse has a variety of terrific dishes, and I tried several, but the Jumbo Sea Scallops were by far my favorite. The scallops are pan-seared, served on top of a creamy grit and topped with chorizo and black beans. It’s a lighter dish that doesn’t feel as heavy as steak or pork chops (which also were delicious), but the scallops are meaty and tender.

Jumbo Sea Scallops from Anthony’s Chophouse are served on top of a creamy grit and paired with chorizo and black beans. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Before my main course, I sampled the tuna tataki ($16), which is sushi-grade tuna with pickled asparagus and jalapenos on the side. A wasabi avocado crema adorned the plate and was a great way to add just a touch of spice without being overbearing. The tuna tataki is dusted with a wonton crumb and the tuna slices are thick and tender.

I also sampled the kale cherry salad — tossed kale, green apples, dried cherries and figs drizzled with a balsamic gastrique and lemon cherry vinaigrette on top. The salad combines  sweet and tangy flavors.

If you aren’t a scallops fan, try the Berkshire Chop ($31) as an entree. It is a center-cut, bone-in and slow-braised pork chop, served on top of puffed barley, which is the restaurant’s play on risotto. Topping the pork is a tangy balsamic gastrique and a thick, sweet strawberry chutney which makes  this dish taste like the holidays.

Anthony’s Chophouse serves its side dishes family style. A good option is creamy mac ($12), which is a delicious combo of gemelli pasta, serrano peppers, tomato skin, gouda cream and white corn crisp on top. If you’re looking for a healthier option, try the broccolini ($11). It’s served with shaved almonds, dried cherries and a white wine vinaigrette. 

Suggested pairings: Anthony’s Chophouse has excellent, unique cocktail selections and I would suggest going with one of those. My personal favorites are the Chophouse Old Fashioned and the Dirty Dancer – a spicy play on a vodka martini with sriracha.

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