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Feb 14, 2006


Marc Johnson

This commentary seemed less than flattering of Hank's. My experience there was fantastic. From the calamari, to the crab cakes, to the fried shrimp...everything was fantastic. Yes...the crowds are overwhelming and the parking stinks to be damned, but as far as I am concerned, the food was fantastic. But...that's the great thing about life...we all have opinions. Happy Eating!!!


Man, I actually thought I was being pretty flattering myself...

Suburban Tasteland

Speaking of Old Bay, I recall seeing a black T-Shirt about ten years ago with the image of an Old Bay spice tin emblazoned across the front. I've always regretted not throwing down the shekels for it, but then again I probably couldn't wear it out without feeling like a tool. Still, one of the coolest T-shirts ever.


Went to Hank's on Sat. Dinner was pretty good, although my girlfriend yakked (seriously) when we got home, my sister-in-law got hammered and acted like an idiot (but I'm used to that), a small plate of good fried clams was $14, and a 6 ounce piece of well-prepared fish with no sides was $18. All in all, $120 for a decent meal (although my girlfriend might disagree with that assessment). Come to your own conclusions.


As long as her yakking had nothing to do with the food she ate...


I went there for brunch this morning and it was great! I called ahead, but they told me, strangely enough, that there is never a wait for brunch. I walked right in with a friend. I had the smoked salmon platter, with one of the best bagels since I've been in DC. My companion had crabcake-eggs benedict that we just beautiful. We got some oysters, and some dark chocolate as well. It was a great place and I can't wait to go back!


We ate there last night for dinner. It was good, and we look forward to returning. Highlights:

- The Oysters! We sampled all 6 types they had. All were wonderful - the Effingham Bay were the best. $2 each. No discounts for large orders (i.e. by the dozen)

- Good cheap beer on tap. Only $4-6 a pint. Yuengling, Hoegarten, Sierra Nevada, and Brooklyn Lager

- Wine list. Nice selection of good priced wines. Most bottles were about $30. Individual orders (glass) is a very generous pour running between $8-11

- Service. The entire staff was VERY friendly, professional, and knowledgable. Will gladly offer advice on wine pairings and ordering.

What we ordered:
- Oysters on the half-shell: simply amazing
- Fried Calamari: good but typical. the remoulade dipping sauce was fantastic. I'd like to see them offer a grilled calamari special.
- Mahi-Mahi: the dinner special. Was grilled to perfection, nice smoky flavor, and fantastic sauces. The $18 pricetag was surprising since it are served alone
- Old Bay Fries: Very Disappointing. They were dry and flavorless and slightly over cooked.

What Looked Good on Other People's Tables and We'll Order Next Time:
- Mac & Cheese
- Tuna Appetizer: 2 seared generous slices looked wonderful
- Mussels appetizer
- Scallops


I can testify that this is a great neighborhood restaurant, but the greatest find there is the onion rings.


Went there tonight. The oysters were terrific, and the wine list is impressive. I got the seared scallops, which were excellent--the black truffle addition was a terrific earthy contrast. But the "mac and cheesy" needed a lot of salt, and the lobster risotto--which only took about 10 minutes to appear--was alternatively crunchy and mushy. For $24. I'll go back for the simple stuff--definitely the oysters, maybe some simply prepared fish--but I think the fancier stuff is beyond the kitchen's ability to do well.


Last night I ate at Hank's, where I encountered the rudest host I have ever experienced. Here's the story.

I joined a friend for dinner at about 8. My girlfriend came to join us at about 8:45. I warned them that she was coming. When she did arrive, the host stepped in and refused to a) add a chair b) move us to another table or c) offer any apology. He suggested she leave, and that we were asking too much.

I've eaten around DC, and lived in NYC for years. Never has a host been so unaccommodating or so unapologetic.

I liked the atmosphere, but fear we won't be returning, if only because of him. After all, dinner is not only about food, but also a pleasant evening. Hank's would do well to reconsider the host that lacks a sense of hospitality.

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