Georgetown is home to some pretty fancy establishments: Cafe Bonaparte, Clyde’s, The Apple Store…
Tackle Box goes against the grain when it comes to the elite area.
Picnic benches, buoys and nets decorate the two floor seafood restaurant. The meals come in plastic baskets just like a mom and pop lobster shack you’d find in Maine.
I ate upstairs on a Monday night around 8 and the top floor was completely empty. Better service, I say! Tackle Box has a good selection of drinks and happy hours throughout the week. They post some of their deals via Twitter. They are known for their Potomac Tea which was named the Best Martini of 2011. By who, I don’t know. Also, it’s only April so I don’t know why we’re jumping the gun here and assuming they will have the best martini for the next eight months. Let’s just assume that it’s that good!
Some of the food selections at Tackle Box include lobster rolls, fish tacos, fried scallops, tilapia, macaroni and cheese and oysters. Some of the meals come with fries or you can order a side separately. I munched on the hush puppies that were far from impressive. They were mealy and dry. Don’t recommend.
The sweet potato fries are a different story.
They take actual sweet potatoes and fry them so each bite is like you’re taking a chomp out of the potato itself.
The lobster roll, for $19, doesn’t skimp on the lobster but I can’t say the same for the mayonnaise.
The fish tacos (2 for $8, 3 for $11) come with tilapia, but per request they may be able to switch up the fish. I was happy with the tilapia that had chipotle sauce, pico de gallo, cabbage and sour cream.
If you’re planning on going to Tackle Box, I’d recommend the fish tacos. The chipotle sauce is not too spicy, but it adds enough of a kick to the tilapia. You may find some hits and misses along the way, but Tackle Box manages to get a few things right. What’s more, you can feel better about going there when you read their mission statement:
“We use our purchasing power as a restaurant to support suppliers who are using habitat-friendly fishing gear, supporting their local fishing communities and are consistently looking to improve their practices.”