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Hank's Oyster Bar, Casual Seafood in Several Area Locations - Chef Jamie Leeds Comes From 15 RIA

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Chef Jamie Leeds had left 15 Ria a month ago. Her own, Hank's Oyster Bar, is slated to open on May 15th. It's a cute bistro-looking place in the corner of 17th and Q Streets. I'll be trying it real soon. Wishing her well"¦. smile.gifsmile.gifsmile.gif

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This joint has "On a Whim" written all over it. The first round of oyster shooters are on me!

Offer good one per person. Must be over 21 years of age to participate. Must also be under 22 years of age. Current or former employees of Al Dente Enterprises or any of his subsidiaries will not be considered. Not valid with any other offers. Bivalves, fish, and ventworm nuts prohibited. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after participating. May cause fatigue, dry mouth, night sweats, bed spins, dizziness, and changes in libido. No refunds. Store in a cool dark place.

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This joint has "On a Whim" written all over it. The first round of oyster shooters are on me!

Offer good one per person. Must be over 21 years of age to participate. Must also be under 22 years of age. Current or former employees of Al Dente Enterprises or any of his subsidiaries will not be considered. Not valid with any other offers. Bivalves, fish, and ventworm nuts prohibited. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after participating. May cause fatigue, dry mouth, night sweats, bed spins, dizziness, and changes in libido. No refunds. Store in a cool dark place.

You got that right. Since there is no $20 Tuesday event planned for next week, should we plan on invading one night after work?

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This joint has "On a Whim" written all over it. The first round of oyster shooters are on me!

Offer good one per person. Must be over 21 years of age to participate. Must also be under 22 years of age. Current or former employees of Al Dente Enterprises or any of his subsidiaries will not be considered. Not valid with any other offers. Bivalves, fish, and ventworm nuts prohibited. Do not drive or operate heavy machinery after participating. May cause fatigue, dry mouth, night sweats, bed spins, dizziness, and changes in libido. No refunds. Store in a cool dark place.

Yeah, but it doesn't open til Sunday. Next week HH?

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One thing I've learned: don't believe a restaurant is going to actually open, until it actually opens. Caveat Preemptor: have an alternate destination at hand else prime your tastebuds for a sidewalk-vendor hot dog.

And a Milky Way from 7-11!

Rocks.

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Living around the corner and walking by it almost daily it seems that the 15th might be accurate.

How do I know this? I watched "The Restaurant."

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Yes!  I passed by today and it looks as if everything's on schedule...

http://www.heatherfreeman.com/webpage/hanks/hanks.html

I guess the menu isn't up yet, but soon...

Actually, this is the real website:

http://www.hanksdc.com/

(also under construction)

I found it at the bottom of the page. It comes up as a .pdf. I'm in, especially since Al is buying. (Hey Al, a coworker was wearing your Fat Albert shirt today :lol: )

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I found it at the bottom of the page.  It comes up as a .pdf.  I'm in, especially since Al is buying.  (Hey Al, a coworker was wearing your Fat Albert shirt today :lol: )

You're right!

I see she'll be doing "A Meat and Two" like at 15 Ria, as well as all the wonders from the ice bar. Sweet.

Seems very reasonable in price.

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Amusing piece in Friday's City Paper about the hassles she is getting for trying to change the sign on the building. Some yahoos claim that the 20 year old neon sign for the old pizza shop is "historic"

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Did anyone go last night? I was thinking of going with my girlfriend, but we ended up making tacos instead...

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Went to the mock opening of Hank’s Oyster Bar. They will open to the public on Wednesday, May 18th. To start, they will be serving for dinner only from 5:30 to 11 PM. They will offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.

The restaurant looks like a neighborly, fun and casual place; the dining room has a feel of a “newer” Bistro Du Coin, not much of a bar area though for hanging out with a big group of people. Simple décor but loved the exposed bricks. They also have a small sitting area outside.

Colossal Shrimp Cocktail served in shooter glasses

Kumamoto Oysters on the half shell with Mignonette

Fried Ipswich Clams with Aioli

Squid with olive and capers (perfectly cooked, tender, moist, juicy) with minced olives and capers, great sopping the bread with.

Good ol’ battered Fish N’ Chips, crispy but tender in the center, chips were actually homemade fries in which Chef Jamie Leeds said she is still experimenting with the “right cut”

Grilled whole Sea Bass studded with thyme and lemon zest (moist and tender)

Crispy Onion Rings were also lightly battered

All fried items were not greasy, though some items you’ll need to salt to your taste. They readily have on the table salt in small glass bowls and malt vinegar.

They ran out of Crab Cake Fritters, Scallops and Lobster Rolls. They also did not have desserts available yet. Oh well, I know what to try next time.

I did not eat all of these by myself; I try and share with friends… :lol:

The wine list has some interesting selection. Whether it is sparkling wine from New Mexico, Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa or Torrontes or Malbec from Argentina, all pairs well with grilled or fried foods.

If you are looking for an alternate meal to Johnny’s Half Shell, this can be an option.

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The wine list has some interesting selection.  Whether it is sparkling wine from New Mexico,

Is Gruet now as ubiquitous as the miniburger?

Do I have to put this on my "death to hipster foods" list?

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Is Gruet now as ubiquitous as the miniburger?

Do I have to put this on my "death to hipster foods" list?

I'm usually cautious to try when I see wines from New Mexico, or Texas or Mexico, for example. But I do get curious. The Gruet wasn't great but not too bad either.

However, for the mock opening, they only had 1 sparkling wine available and about 4 each of whites and reds.

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How were the prices?

Prices are on the menu available at the site posted by Meaghan above. Anyone want to drop in on Wednesday after work and check things out?

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We had a nice dinner at Hank's tonight and the consensus was that this will be a great addition to the neighborhood. As you'd expect on opening night, there were some kinks -- they don't get their liquor license until tomorrow which was very disappointing because they had a very nice, and nicely priced, wine list. They weren't serving dessert yet either. I was ready to continue my crustacean crawl and try the lobster roll but they were out of it (until something suspiciously lobster-roll-like was carried by us). I had the smothered pork chops. They weren't smothered but were thick, juicy, and nicely seasoned. The sauteed spinach and garlic had almost no hint of garlic or salt but cooked the doneness I like (wilted but still leafy not mush). The buttermilk onion rings were crispy, light, and not at all greasy. I'd get those again in a heartbeat. I ordered iced tea which originally came to the table opaque. A passing waiter quietly and quickly swapped it for something more tea-like. A later refill was also opaque. This place has real potential and will quickly be packed.

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We had a fun group of 6 that worked its way through the menu and everyone was pleased with what they got. The space is not large and I see it being a packed space in the months to come. In keeping with the fish theme they have small bowls of goldfish crackers on the tables, which was a good touch.

I started with the popcorn shrimp and calamari ($7). The tiny shrimp and calamari were served in a small pail crispy and not the least bit greasy. The seasoning had a little kick and I did not eat much of the dipping sauce that came with it.

For dinner I had the grilled whole rockfish ($17), which was just slightly undercooked, but it was delicious and seasoned with thyme and lemon. Dining is ala carte and when you order an entree the sides, which are good portions, are $2 each. I had the Big Mac and Cheesy and the spinach. The Mac & Cheese had a crispy top and was made with smoked gouda.

Since there was no booze we invaded Firefly for some wonderful vino and cheese for dessert.

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Aside from the extremely pleasant dr.com company, the lack of wine was a real disappointment (NO! Not for THIS crowd :lol: ). Had Mr. Gastreau not already arrived and ordered some oysters at the bar, we might have just adjourned to another place.

I also had the pork chop. This is one of the "Meat plus Two" items, which changes daily. It was a very nice double-cut chop, just cooked to remain juicy. I had coleslaw and french fries with, both competent. And, at $16, a good buy. Others ordered the 'mac and cheese" which most seemed to like. Jacques Gastreau nailed the cheese as being smoked Gouda. In checking with the staff, yup, it was--along with some cheddar. On Thursdays, they list a mapled-glazed short rib, which sounds yummy to me.

I had the "bucket" of mussels. I would have preferred more garlic in the broth; the biggest problem, however, was that too many of them were delivered unopened (possibly from not being cooked long enough) and some had broken shells. A little more care in dishing this up should take care of that.

mdt ordered the popcorn shrimp which came in a metal basket (?) lined with a paper liner which, he pointed out, remained grease free. Always a good sign with fried food.

All in all, this could shape up to be nice neighborhood place when you are in the mood for seafood, without busting your budget.

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I'm planning on going there tonight. Anyone think it will be hard to get a table a few minutes before 8pm? Oh, and this is my first submission, been lurking for god knows how long, but for oysters I'm willing to risk most anything. :lol:

Thanks

Cathy

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I'm planning on going there tonight.  Anyone think it will be hard to get a table a few minutes before 8pm?  Oh, and this is my first submission, been lurking for god knows how long, but for oysters I'm willing to risk most anything. :lol:

Thanks

Cathy

Welcome! Now that you have gone that far come on out with us one of these days.

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I'll second the good review. The menu and wine list are interesting and reasonably priced, and with time I am sure it will be packed every night. I had the griddled calamari with olives and capers. The squid was perfectly fresh and creamy textured but the olives and capers (chopped as a sauce) slightly overwhelmed the delicate taste of the squid. My main was the fish and chips. The fish was very good but could have been a smaller portion, or at least cut into smaller pieces before frying. It was accompanied by good fries and very good cole slaw with a sweet & sour poppy seed dressing. Looking forward to returning once they have booze and desserts.

The highlights at Firefly were the excellent Roquefort and Pont l'Eveque, and a delicious bourbon cocktail.

Edited by Heather

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Thank you, sounds like fun. I've pretty much made food my life (outside work that is) and not everyone wants to talk about it as much as I do! It would be nice to meet some folks with this obsession...

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  It would be nice to meet some folks with this obsession...

Obsessed? Bah!

45 minutes 'til lunchtime. :lol:

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