Cheap Eats: Tackle Box
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Tackle Box
Address: 3245 M St., NW, Washington, DC 20007
Phone: 202-337-8269
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Cuisines: Seafood, American
Opening Hours: Open daily 7 to 10 PM.
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Fried bay scallops with lemon; fried clams with tartar sauce; fried shrimp on a potato roll; lobster roll; wood-grilled calamari with basil-walnut pesto; wood-grilled asparagus; braised greens; potato salad; coleslaw; blueberry pie.
Price Details: Starters $6 to $12, Main dishes $9-$12

Why go: With its picnic benches, peeling walls, and salt-streaked buoys, this Georgetown fish shack and carryout, owned by the team behind the more upscale Hook, looks as if it’s been slinging fried clams forever. And though it’s been open only a month, it’s already turning out winning shore fare.

What to get
: Fried bay scallops—smaller and sweeter than their cousins from the sea—with lemon; fried clams with tartar sauce; fried shrimp on a potato roll; a budget-busting lobster roll bound with house-made mayo; wood-grilled whole calamari with basil-walnut pesto, a signature Hook appetizer; wood-grilled asparagus; spicy braised greens; vinegary potato salad and classic coleslaw; cinnamony blueberry pie.

Best for
: Quick pickup dinners; a meal when you’re nostalgic for the beach.

Insider tip
: The strong, smoky flavor the wood grill imparts is alluring—in doses. So if you order grilled fish, it’s best not to pair it with grilled sides.

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