Hank’s, listed on the Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants, is known for its seafood. What looks like a little hole-in-the-wall in the 17th St. drag of Dupont Circle actually has amazing food and a pleasant ambiance. On Sunday, the weather was 80 degrees and fine, and Hank’s was packed—inside and out. Although we sat inside, they opened the doors allowing for a lovely breeze to filter in.
Our server was friendly, attentive, but non-invasive—I loathe overly attentive servers that don’t let you chat over brunch. Hank’s has a couple nice touches—they bring out Goldfish and a basket of delicious, soft, sourdough bread with fresh raspberry preserves and butter.
Of course, I had the Crabcake Eggs Benedict. Initially, I scoffed when the Benedict came muffin-less. The nerve! Although this took away from the dish, it was still delicious. The fresh crab cake was jumbo lump, the egg was perfectly poached, and the hollandaise was lovely.
My fellow brunch bitch had the ceviche—which was wonderful—delicious, flavorful, fresh. Our new friends at the table next to us raved about the oysters but said the clams were foul. (And they were from Maine, so they know seafood!).
We shared a side of fruit salad of berries and bananas—which were fresh and ripe. (Not like those terrible fruit salads you get in some restaurants that are all Honeydew and you can tell have been sitting around for days).
To top it off, Hank’s brings out complimentary bittersweet chocolate at the end of your meal. Way to go, Hank’s.
The Bitches say: A, for delicious seafood, good service, and a simple, yet bright and pleasant ambiance.
Hank’s Oyster Bar
1624 Q St. N.W.