Cheap Eats 2010: Tackle Box
100 places that offer great food at low prices.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 9, 2010
Cheap Eats (2010)
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: Is this Georgetown? This shore-food snack bar sure doesn’t feel like it, with its beams of driftwood, beat-up American flags, and plastic fry baskets. The blackboard menu offers angel/devil choices of seafood—grilled or fried—plus an array of picnic-friendly sides.

What to get: Grilled calamari with basil-walnut pesto—a menu staple at higher-priced sister restaurant Hook; lightly battered fried shrimp or clams served with lemon-aïoli, tartar, or cocktail sauce or stuffed into a sandwich roll; thin filets of trout and bluefish, smoky from the wood grill; coleslaw; grilled vegetables such as carrots or asparagus; some of the best fish tacos around.

Best for: A low-key lunch or dinner; a break from shopping; satisfying a craving for fried food.

Insider tip: Spin-offs are planned in Bethesda and DC’s Cleveland Park. The $19 lobster roll remains an underfilled disappointment.

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