The food is fine dining, but the atmosphere is casual. We pride ourselves on our unique dishes, rather than run of the mill fare. We use only the freshest ingredients, which is evident from your first bite. Our goal is to make you feel like you've been on vacation when you leave, and your time with us was the highlight.
Mid Atlantic Seafood's kitchen staff assembles creations from an eclectic menu of fish samplers, wings, sandwiches, breakfast items, and Chinese-inspired dishes. Patrons can choose from almost 20 types of fish, such as haddock ($9.99–$18.99) and catfish ($9.49–$18.49), and order they be baked, grilled, stuffed, or nestled between layers of bread in a sandwich.
Certified etiquette consultant Alexandra Kovach conducts a crash course in dining etiquette, with participants living out the tutorial during a delicious three-course dinner with pre-selected wine. Topics of the course include seating, eating styles, napkin etiquette, toasting, dinner-party hosting, and how to be a good guest. With an open forum style and a limit of 40 people per class, the course allows its participants the opportunity to ask Alexandra about where to put the fork after finishing a meal and how to properly react when someone accidentally pours soup on your unpublished manuscript.
To street toughs, seafood is often viewed as a delicacy since it's uncommon to stumble upon a sauntering salmon and challenge it to a back-alley knife fight. Dine like an underwater ruffian with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of sustainable seafood and drinks at Hook in Georgetown. This Groupon is not valid for redemption during Restaurant Week.
Hook, a member of PURE Hospitality Restaurant Group, baits bounty seekers with a dinner menu of fresh and sustainable seafood favorites, many flown in shortly after they are caught. Commence consumption with crudo ($8), a variation on sashimi, with Alaska halibut and North Carolina mahi mahi rawly rocking gullets, or split the shellfish combination appetizer ($42) with one or two fellow diners who also enjoy the tastes and personalities of lobster, prawns, mussels, and oysters. Main courses drawing from Davy Jones' sub-aquatic refrigerator depend on what fresh catches are available, but recent items have included crab cakes from Louisiana ($28), Arctic char from Iceland ($27), and yellowfin tuna from Florida ($28), the state also known as "America's pinky finger." Midday marine-meal marauders can opt for lunch, while brunch fans can enjoy freshly caught french toast ($9) or an omelette ($11), among other breakfast favorites.
As diners acquaint themselves with a glass from Hook's extensive wine list, their eyes can swish, smell, and swirl the surroundings—a luminous décor of bright lighting, soft colors, and spacious seating. Call up the Smee to your Tennille and hit Hook for seasonal and sustainable seafood.
Yelpers give Hook a 3.5-star average, the Washington Post recommends it, and it made Washingtonian.com's 100 Best Restaurants of 2010:
- Chef Jonathan Seningen turns out an ever-changing, all-over-the-map roster of seafood that encompasses the au courant (a crudo of mahi mahi with pickled jalapeño) and the enduring (fish and chips). Meat lovers might want to look elsewhere—there’s only one non-fish entrée on the menu—but seafood fanciers will smile. – Washingtonian.com's
- The wine list is a winner; desserts include such beauties as lingonberry Linzer torte with tellagio cheese ice cream (but also the occasional dry sprinkled doughnut); and the dining room, with its arched ceiling and creamy colors, is warm, welcoming and teeming with the beautiful people. – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
- Raw bar oysters- absolutely perfect. Fresh, red wine vinegar spot on, absolutely wonderful. Tartare- the fish was so fresh it didn't even taste like fish. Perfect texture. – Ari S., Yelp
Some of Jeff Heineman's earliest memories involved scouring sandy beaches for clams that he and his grandfather "Freddy" would then bake together. These formative culinary experiences instilled in Jeff a deep love for New England–style seafood, inspiring him to become a chef and eventually open his Mid-Atlantic take on a northeastern lobster shack, which he named Freddy's Lobster & Clams in honor of his grandfather.
The menu's Maine lobster rolls, fried clam strips, and ocean-fresh steamer clams exemplify this passion and help create a pleasantly anomalous eatery that Bethesda Patch described as "a seafood shack you’d typically find in Bar Harbor or Nantucket." However, the menu doesn't stop at the shoreline. The cooks also grill half-pound sirloin and short-rib burgers, and they load plates with crispy chicken paillard, grilled asparagus, and rosemary roasted potatoes with sage gravy.
The laid-back, casual inspiration behind the menu also influences the restaurant's décor, which features simple wooden booths and picnic tables amid walls lined with nets and fishing bobbers. This cozy setting creates a neighborhood vibe where visitors can feel comfortable lingering long enough to enjoy one more beer—and there are plenty to choose from, as Freddy's offers more than 100 ranging from hoppy IPAs to dense stouts made with malted black holes.