Cheap Eats 2009: Tackle Box
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 22, 2009
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: Georgetown is better known for leather booths than for picnic tables, but the low-key vibe and gorgeous fry baskets at this New England–inspired fish shack have the makings of an insta-classic.

What to get: Fried bay scallops with grilled lemon; grilled calamari with basil-walnut pesto (a constant on the menu at Hook, the place’s upscale sibling); grilled bluefish; spicy fish tacos; fried clams with tartar sauce; fried shrimp with spicy marinara; blueberry pie.

Best for: A quick shopping break; a laid-back lunch or late dinner.

Insider tip: The Maine Meal—a fish, sauce, and two sides for $13—is the way to go. Choosing between the wood-grilled fish and the fry baskets can be tough, but if you’re getting a meal to go, stick with the grill (the smoke-infused bluefish and trout travel well). The lobster roll—at $19, the most expensive item on the menu—was a recent disappointment, under-filled and served on a dry sub roll.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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