Johnny's Half Shell
400 N. Capitol St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Cuisines: Seafood, Southern, Modern, American
Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Roasted-beet-and-cucumber salad with smoked sturgeon and a caviar parfait; charbroiled Chesapeake oysters; made-to-order oyster stew; gumbo; Maryland crabcakes; lobster with drawn butter and fresh shell beans; coconut cream pie.
Scene: Outdoor Seating
Happy Hour Details:
Monday through Friday, 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM; $5.50 drafts, $8 cocktails, discounts on select seafood items.
Happy Hour Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays
The Capitol looms in the distance, but the moment you step onto the tiled floors of Ann Cashion's restaurant, bipartisanship prevails: Bickering gives way to partying as politicos and their posses blow off steam. The feel-good food helps--time-honored dishes from the Gulf and Chesapeake, prepared without preciousness or ego.
In summer, don't miss the barbecue crabs served on the patio, accompanied by live jazz.
What to get: Grilled chicken wings with green-goddess dressing; oysters on the half shell; oyster stew; seafood gumbo; Dungeness crab Louis; sautéed soft-shells; a definitive crabcake; spicy grilled lobster; chocolate angel-food cake; coconut cream pie.
Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday for dinner. Expensive.