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Restaurants: What Does Alejandra Order at Hank’s?

by Borderstan.com December 6, 2010 at 6:00 am 1,656 4 Comments

Hank's Oyster Bar 17th Street NW Alejandra Owens

Hanks Oyster Bar  at 1624 Q St. NW, just off 17th St. (Alejandra Owens)

From Alejandra Owens at One Bite At A Time

Oh, we know Hank’s Oyster Bar. We know alllll about Hank’s Oyster Bar. So do you.

But today we’re not talking about ABRA, ANC 2B, V.A.’s, ABC or anything derived from swirling around a can of Alphabet Soup. Today, we are here to talk about… the food. Because that’s what Hank’s is really about.

Hank’s opened the same year I moved to Washington (2005) and it has been a neighborhood favorite ever since. From melt-in-your-mouth braised short ribs to oyster shooters to po’ boys, owner and Chef Jaime Leeds has got you set.

Eat at the bar for a neighborhood feel, or dine in the restaurant with your date or visiting parents. It’s the perfect atmosphere (with really fun music if I do say so myself) for any occasion or mood.

Tell me: What’s your favorite dish at Hank’s?

  • Where Am I Going: 1624 Q St. NW (just east of 17th on Q St.)
  • When Am I Going: Dinner is served Sunday through Tuesday, 5:30 to 10 pm; Wednesday-Thursday, 5:30 to 11pm; and Friday-Saturday, 5:30 pm to midnight. Brunch is served Saturday-Sunday, 11:30 am to 3 pm. There are special later Happy Hours on Friday and Saturdays from 11 pm to midnight.
  • Paycheck Pain: Depends on what you want and your appetite. Oyster shooters cost $3 per, while peel ‘n-eat-shrimp (good for two) are $12. Small  plates are $7 to $15 and large plates are $15 to $23 (scallops). Want meat? The afore-mentioned melt-in-your-mouth short ribs come with two sides and clocks in at $19 (a steal, if you ask me), while steak and pork dishes are up to $23.
  • Say What?: This is a comfortable conversation spot… not so quiet you feel like you have to whisper but loud enough that the illusion of anonymous back and forth is present. Fun music plays faintly in the background and will have your chair dancing on occasion. (Or maybe that was just me, and the really lovely New Zealnd Sauvignon Blanc.)
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Classic New England favorites and, of course, braised short ribs.

  • My faves: the Lobster Roll (of course), the Market Plate with the latest in season fresh veggies PLUS mac n cheese & onion rings… and the adorable little (FREE) chocolate they leave you with. Such a great hood joint.

  • You forgot to mention the FREE goldfish crackers they give you before the meal! It’s the little things…

    Assuming the DC and Alexandria locations have the same menu I will point out that the raw oysters and clams are always excellent. The lobster roll is worth the $23 price tag. But the daily specials (the ones you find on the chalkboard, not the menu) are the best. Most recently I had the shrimp risotto and it was excellent.

    The wines, while good, are way overpriced. But I suppose that’s the case with all restaurants.

  • I love Hank’s! My favorite entree is the fantastic lobster roll, too, and it isn’t just because it comes with a heap of Old Bay fries. The peel-n-eat steamed shrimp, also w/my beloved Old Bay, is my favorite appetizer: The portion is so generous, you could make a meal of it if you add a side dish.

  • Their oysters Hog-Island style are AMAZING – cheese and butter and deliciousness! I am also a huge fan of their Friday night steak – my fiance and I sometimes do our own surf and turf and get the steak and a small fish dish (often the popcorn shrimp/calamari or peel-and-eat shrimp) and share! You also can’t go wrong with their fried oyster po boy! Hank’s is definitely my favorite casual neighborhood joint! (if you can’t tell from all the exclamation points).


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