Great Takeout: Tackle Box
Comments () | Published December 3, 2008
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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
This fishhouse is mobbed come dinnertime by popped-collar Georgetown preps and neighborhood families. If you don’t feel like muscling your way onto one of the picnic benches, grab a Maine Meal—a $13 plate of fish, two sides, and a sauce—for the road.

The wood-grilled filets of bluefish and rainbow trout hold up better than the New England–style fried shrimp and clams. Same goes for veggies—the woodsy-scented asparagus and the coleslaw emerge from the container in much nicer shape than the limp sweet-potato fries.

Lobster pots, which hold a beachy mix of red-skinned potatoes, corn on the cob, chorizo, mussels, and Quahog clams, are expensive ($40 a person) but bountiful. Lobster rolls ($19), peel-and-eat shrimp ($12), and grilled calamari with basil-walnut pesto ($6) are good to go, too, as is the winning blueberry pie ($6 a slice) made by Heather Chittum, the talented pastry chef at sister restaurant Hook.

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