Now that spinach has been deemed a performance-enhancing vegetable, Popeye's future shortstop career hinges on his transition to shrimp. Get a sailor's worth of energizing seafood with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of delicious lobster, fresh catches, and summery savories at Tackle Box, an aquatic eatery that brings dockside diners to the heart of the city like the singing sirens that brought them dockside in the first place. This casual seafoodery was an editors' pick in The Washington Post in 2008.
Cast off the day with a delicious meal of sea-meats including lobster rolls sided with crispy house-cut fries ($19), appetizers such as crispy scallops ($6), or wood-grilled gill-centric entrees ($13, includes fish plus two sides and a sauce). On the side, diners can gnaw on corn on the cob, sweet-potato fries, or the table legs. All desserts, such as blueberry pie ($6), are house-made by on-site adorable grannies. Because of sustainability, market conditions, and lunar cycles, not all fish varieties are promised on a daily basis. Call ahead to make sure your desired finned fuel is on the menu.
Tackle Box prides itself on eco-friendly principles, serving only what fishermen catch and local farmers can offer instead of overexerting the ocean's mighty muscle. The casual seaside shack channels warm memories of summerizing in beachy communities, instantly transporting customers back to days of slathered sunscreen and breezy air soaked with more salt than a January sidewalk. Though there is a limit of one Groupon per table, there is no limit on the number purchased. Return for multiple meals to sample enough seafood varieties to rival the diary of any marine biologist.
The Washington City Paper, Washingtonian, Daily Candy, and DCsocialite all sing the praises of Tackle Box's superb sustenance. The Washington Post also lists the eatery as an editors' pick. More than 230 Yelpers give Tackle Box an average of 3.5 stars, and 86% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- Georgetown is better known for leather booths than for picnic tables, but the low-key vibe and gorgeous fry baskets at this New England–inspired fish shack have the makings of an insta-classic. – Washingtonian
- Wooden picnic tables mean that you’ll have plenty of room for tasty sides like grilled asparagus and mac and cheese. – Daily Candy
- The Fish tacos. All I can say as [sic] they are the best I have ever had. They use grilled tilapia and this great cabbage coleslaw. – Paul, DCsocialite
- Fish is cooked before tour [sic] eyes on a wood-fired grill. Although they give you tasty sauce, you don't need it to enjoy the perfectly cooked, moist, and lightly seasoned filets. – Mark, Urbanspoon
The charm and simplicity of the Maine lobster shack is heaved ashore at Georgetown's Tackle Box, which popped onto Bon Appétit's radar as one of the Best Seafood Restaurants of 2008. Just inside the door on a pocked brick wall, a weathered Old Glory greets diners as they stand before the counter's chalkboard menu to check on the day's fresh catch and wonder if sailors wear their ties in a figure-eight knot. Since Tackle Box shoulders a steadfast commitment to sustainability, each meal can vary, as cooks fry or grill the bounty of fishermen's nets that may swell with haddock or catfish.
Diners can choose smoked trout to pair with hand-cut fries or mac 'n' cheese, all of which they can enjoy at a fire-red picnic table. For an extra kick, fingers may dip fare or put out a burning dynamite fuse in a classic tartar or spicy marinara sauce.