Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Aug 20, 2007 05:19 AM

Hank's Oyster Bar coming to Old Town

Also read they won't serve fish and chips in deference to Eammon's down the street.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Yep I heard the same thing. But I must say, while Hank's is one of my favorite restaurants in DC, I had their fish and chips for brunch about a month ago and really didn't like it. I found the whole thing just waaaay to bready and served in a dish too small that you had to eat through the GIANT fish dish before getting to the chips.

    Probably best to stick to Eammon's for that dish.

    Exciting that Old Town hounders will get to share in the deliciousness of Hank's as a neighborhood spot as well.

    1. According to the Gazette it's going in the space Bohio was in.

      Also coming to Old Town: Bookbinder's, the Philadelphia restaurant, which is going in the old Portner's space. The sign went up this week.

      (I saw an article somewhere saying there would be a lot more "expense-account" type restaurants coming to Old Town, in anticipation of additional conventioneer traffic from the new National Harbour development across the river.)

      5 Replies
        1. re: Elyssa

          see here:

          Hank's Oyster Bar will NOT be doing fish and chips in deferrence to Eamonn's.

          Bookbinders in a Philadelphia institution which emphasizes seafood and steak. It's definitely an expense account type place. I'd liken it to Ruth's Chris and Mortons. It's Richmond location is very popular.

          1. re: monavano

            Bookbinder's in Philly may be well-known, but it's well past it's prime. Most Philly chowhounders regard it as a place for out of towners and tourists. I grew up in the Philly area, and my parents don't even go there anymore! I was hoping for something more original in the Portner's space. Psyched about Hanks though.

            1. re: baconjen

              Yes, definitely. I'm a Philly native and it's not looked upon kindly, to put it nicely. Exactly as you say. But in Richmond, everyone LOVED it. I'll give it a try, however.

              1. re: monavano

                I'm interested in the new Bookbinders in Old Town, particularly since it seems the parent company is really targeting Virginia for expansion. There's the Richmond location, as well as Bookbinders Grills in Midlothian and Christianburg, and now Old Town. Anyone have any experience with these Virginia locations?


      1. Went to Hank's in Old Town on Saturday. It's a nice clean space with dining rooms front and back. I got the lobster bisque and sablefish. DH got the "meat and two" Friday special which was a flat iron steak with Old Bay fries and roasted cauliflower. Food was very good and service was pleasant. Prices are quite reasonable and I really liked the mix of meat and seafood offerings. Overall a big thumbs up. I can see making this a regular neighborhood restaurant to visit. Full report here:

        2 Replies
        1. re: monavano

          You should certainly make this your new neighborhood spot! The one in Dupont is mine and I absolutly love it. I've only had one bad meal there (I didn't enjoy the fish and chips at all) but other then that I have always eaten high quality food, in a relaxed environment, and becoming a regular there is nice since the staff recognizes me and chat with me whenever I come in. I often dine at the Dupont location alone and have always felt more then comfortable.

          If your husband enjoyed the meat and two, try going on a night where they have the chicken schnitzel. It's delicious and a gigantic serving. I ate the 2nd piece for lunch the next day with a nice salad.

          1. re: Elyssa

            Will take that recommendation! The meat and two is an incredible value. I want to try the pulled pork sandwich too.

        2. My wife and I tried out the Hank's location in Old Town last week. We really liked it, though the back room is pretty tight on space and a little loud. We enjoyed a dozen oysters, a lobster roll, and Ipswitch clams. My only complaint about the food was that the clams were a bit too oily and heavy on the ol' stomach. We'll give 'em another try and hope they're a bit lighter on the grease.

          1. I've never been to the one in Old Town, but I've been to the one in Dupont. I had the worst service there that I've ever had at any DC restaurant. The servers and hostess were so rude, talking/making fun of people at my table loudly because we had a couple of special request (some people had some food allergies). The food was okay, but the portions were too small and the prices were too high for what you get.