The Anchorage restaurant at 586 Perry Ave. in the Village of West Greenville has been named one of 18 best restaurants in the world that doesn’t require reservations by the inaugural World Restaurant Awards.
The newly formed World Restaurant Awards were created by IMG, a leading events, media, fashion, and sports company, operating in more than 30 countries to recognize the culinary world in the same way as film, art, and music.
The winner of the “No Reservations” award will be announced Feb. 18 in Paris at the awards ceremony. The Anchorage is one of four U.S. restaurants to make the longlist alongside 14 others from around the globe.
The judging panel of 100 experts represents 37 different nationalities. The list of chefs on the panel reads like a culinary hall of fame lineup and includes Alex Atala of Brazil, Daniel Humm of NYC, Elana Arzak of Spain, Esben Bang of Norway, David Chang of NYC, René Redzepi of Denmark, Dan Barber of New York, Andreas Caminada of Switzerland, and Massimo Bottura of Italy. Many of them hold three Michelin stars and some have become near-household names thanks to various TV series, including Netflix’s Chef’s Table.
Interestingly, The Anchorage executive chef and owner Greg McPhee and his wife, Beth, traveled to Italy and dined at Bottura’s three-star restaurant Osteria Francescana in the summer of 2017. Instagram has the enviable photographic proof.
Based on the information on the World Restaurant Awards website, it’s unclear whether or not those on the panel visited any of the restaurants before adding them to the list.
Since opening in January of 2017, The Anchorage has received numerous accolades from food journalists and travel publications, but the highest honor so far came in 2018 when it was nominated for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation.
The Anchorage was the only South Carolina restaurant to make the Best New Restaurant list for 2018.