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Mar 17, 2010 01:02 PM

Hank's or Tacklebox?

For brunch, which would you choose?

n.b. I would very much desire a lobster roll, though that is not the only consideration.

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  1. Never been to Hanks, but I've been to Tacklebox and had their lobster roll. Loved it, but must confess I'd never had one before, so nothing to compare it to. That said, I wouldn't pick Tacklebox as a brunch spot if you're looking for a relaxing, sitdown, lingering experience. Tacklebox is more of a to-go spot (although they do have tables, it's jut that they're communal and sometimes really crowded). Hook, their "sister" restaurant, is right next door and better for a relaxing brunch. Just my take on it,

    1. Have not been for brunch, but was at Hank's on Sunday evening for dinner. Tablemate had the lobster roll. It was good, but more of a lobster salad style than classic tail-butter-roll. Very tasty, though I had the oyster po-boy and we both thought I got the better of the two dishes.

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      1. re: weezycom

        I guess it depends where you are from for what you consider a classic lobster roll. For me (being from Boston) the roll at Hank's is very classic. They don't use as much mayo as would be in a lobster salad.

        While a lobster roll served warm with just drizzled butter is delicious, for a lot of people (at least in the Northshore of Boston) wouldn't consider this a "classic" lobster roll.

      2. I really like Hank's for brunch. Their hash is very good. So is the chowder. I haven't really had anything there I didn't like.

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        1. Is a reservation needed for either? This would be for a weekend lunch/brunch.

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          1. re: ulterior epicure

            Tacklebox doesn't take reservations- it is order at the counter- communal seating. I don't know if Hank's takes brunch reservations... you could call.

            1. re: ktmoomau

              @ ktmoomau: In case anyone is curious, Hanks says they take a 20-minute call ahead, but otherwise, no reservations.

          2. Tacklebox happens to be the deal of the day today on livingsocial. Get 50% off -- $15 for a $30 gift certificate.

            Ends in about 12 hours.


            Set down that fishing gear and listen up: Today's deal gets you 50% off Tackle Box, our favorite in-and-out seafood joint in Georgetown, or DC for that matter. Where else can you sidle up to a buoy-bedecked bar, order a lobstah (with a side of fried clam strips), and eat it all with your fingers (or a fork) at a picnic table? Maine, duh, but not 90-feet away from the Coach store or across the street from J. Crew. After your exhausting day of reading mark-down tags, there's nothing better than plowing into a fisherman's feast of sustainable seafood...and a gooey slice of blueberry pie. Only thing missing? Those lolling Winslow waves.

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