Has anyone been to Barton Seaver's new restaurant Tackle Box yet??
It's right next to Hook in Georgetown. Being a New England girl I'm really excited to have another spot in town to chow down when I get home sick (right now Hank's is my go to place.)
I have a reservation for Proof in 2 weeks when my bf comes in to town, but am thinking if the reviews sounds good maybe we'll check out Tackle Box.
Their website is: http://tacklebox-dc.com/
Also from Daily Candy:
Fishing for your dinner would be great if there weren’t the matter of bait, Potomac pollution, and endless waiting for something to bite.
Make things easier by getting your fresh fish at Tackle Box, the newly opened New England-themed eatery in Georgetown.
The casual, self-proclaimed shore shack offers a rotating selection of fresh fish available wood grilled or crispy fried. Wooden picnic tables mean that you’ll have plenty of room for tasty sides like grilled asparagus and mac and cheese.
You can also take the good stuff home with the Box’s signature lobster boil pots. Available for takeout or delivery, the boil includes Maine lobster, mussels, clams, chorizo sausage, grilled onions, potatoes, and the chef’s blend of spices.
Looks like you’ve finally found the reel thing.
I went to the Tackle Box last weekend for a late lunch/early dinner. It was very good and VERY reasonably priced! For $13, you can get a "Maine Meal" with your choice of fish, two sides, and one sauce. I got fried clams, grilled asparagus, and mac 'n cheese. Boyfriend got fried oysters, braised collard greens, and fries. The mac 'n cheese was just average, but everything else was top notch. They also had a great homemade lemonade.
TB is VERY different from Hook and Proof--it's definitely a super casual environment, and it's not particularly date-friendly (it's mostly big communal picnic tables). So, if you have a free lunch with your bf, I'd definitely suggest it, but don't cancel your reservation at Proof. They are both awesome in unique ways!
Was there for lunch yesterday. Has the potential to be a great, and much needed, spot, so long as Barton Seaver closely superintends the quality and consistency, which I imagine he will, since it's right next door to Hook. (Great frying, for example, is a matter of perfect timing and lots of changes of oil, either or both of which could slip very quickly without constant vigilance.)
The belly clams were terrific, if not quite as plump and fresh (understandably) as what one gets at the best clam shacks in New England. Even better was the grilled calamari, which had a wonderful smoky flavor. Very good, if not life-changing, collards, too. Mac & cheese was ok -- nothing to write home about. I also heard others raving about the steamers and the lobster roll, which certainly *looked* good.
My only complaint was that in the "Maine Meals," the portion size of the seafood is a bit skimpy for the price -- certainly far less than one would get in those aforementioned crab shacks (which do not, of course, have to deal with Georgetown rents).
The "sides" of seafood, on the other hand (labeled as "appetizers," I think, although I might be misremembering), appear to be at least as large as the portions on the MMs, and are considerably less expensive. So, for now anyway, I think I'd advise ordering one or two seafood dishes, standing alone (and depending on your hunger quotient!), and a side of, say, greens, if you are so inclined.
I went there for lunch today. I got the Maine Meal ($13) with grilled tilapia, sweet potato fries, green beans, and the garlic aioli sauce. It was all really yummy! The tilapia was really good - it must have been marinated in something because it had great flavor that was more than just the flavor from the grill. I didn't even need the dipping sauce! The sweet potato fries were not super hot when I got them, but were nice. The green beans (I think a "special" side because they were written in on the menu) were sweet and salty and grilled.
My only complaint is that the portion sizes are pretty small. I understand that fish is expensive, but they could at least give you a lot of the (inexpensive) sides to make up for it.
We stopped by as well. I got the Maine meal with grilled calamari, greens, and mac and cheese. SO got the lobster roll.
The Maine Meal was a great deal at $13. The grilled calamari was a substantial portion (5-6 whole small squid). Fantastic taste. Nice flavor as noted by Martykl. Really exceeded my expectations. With some hot sauce, greens were better than I usually get at local establisments. Mac and cheese was fine, but not superlative. Certainly not a waste of a side dish though. I also really liked the simple dressed greens that accompanied the plate. Not sure what they were dressed with, but they provided a fantastic bite to the grilled goodness of the calamari.
The Lobster roll and fries were good, but a bit small for $19. Yes, I know it's lobster, but for $13 you get a whole plate of food. $19 gets you a tasty, but small lobster roll and some french fries. They should really accompany that with either a choice of 2 sides or some coleslaw (anything, really!) with the fries. SO's plate looked sad and small compared to mine. But the lobster roll was good.
The only other request is for some beer. Even if they did the bottled beer in the refrigerated cases behind the counter a la Chipotle. I liked the sweet tea, but the food really calls out for beer.
Would love to hear if others try the bluefish. I'm not familiar with bluefish and looking forward to giving it a go on a future trip. It's nice to have Tacklebox as an easy option in Georgetown and I'm sure we'll be back sooner rather than later.
I understand that Tackle Box has applied for a liquor license, so look for beer and wine in the future!
Also, we had the bluefish when we were there earlier this week -- yum! Bluefish is an oily, fishy-tasting fish, which is nicely moderated by grilling with herbs (their basic prep) so that you could almost eat it without the sauce on the side.
Also between the three of us, we had fried, hush puppies, potato salad, collard greens, coleslaw and grilled asparagus. I didn't get to try the asparagus, but the potato salad, hush puppies and greens were terrific. The fries were fries, and the coleslaw could use a little punch -- I added some of the malt vinegar on the table, which helped.
OH! And I had fried oysters, which were perfectly done. Nice flavor, very meaty specimens. We were wondering if they'd ever do a raw bar. I hate Georgetown and avoid it at all costs, but Tackle Box might just draw me!
Thanks for the info on Bluefish. To be honest, oily, fishy-tasting fish doesn't completely draw me in, but you're probably right that that the prep suits it, so I'll give it a go next time.
Re. Georgetown: I was surprised and pleased that the place wasn't mobbed since it was reviewed in the paper this past week. I think since it's not a set-up that encourages people to linger, the crowd moves through rather steadily.
A completely preferrable experience to Eammon's where people stare daggers at you while they wait for you move so they can pounce on your spot - though I'm guilty of the same activity.
Elyssa, if you haven't been to Proof yet you should keep your reservation. It's really great for the wine, food, service AND the high backed booths mean the noise from the bar doesn't intrude on the dining room. i really like Proof and think you would too.
i haven't tried Tackle Box yet though.