Johnna’s Pick of the Week: Tackle Box (D.C.)

[ 2 ] January 28, 2009 |

Hmmm…this week wasn’t a hard one to pick. After rummaging through the five dollar bins of the various thrift stores of Georgetown, our appetites were in need of some filling comfort food. Lucky for us, Tackle Box, came to the rescue:-) Tackle Box is basically a summer afternoon in your backyard all year around. What are we talking about?? Here’s the low down:

>The seating is first come, first serve and the tables are the old fashioned picnic tables that your grandparents used to have in their backyard for the family cookout.

>Everything is super informal with paper plates and the menu is posted in chalk on a huge chalkboard.

>The menu selections are even more informal: 13 bucks gets you a fish of your choice (which includes a fried fish, fried calamari or fried shrimp, etc. etc. etc…) + 2 side items (which includes mac and cheese, french fries, green beans, etc. etc. etc…) + a sauce (which includes a cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, etc. etc. etc…)

We liked:
The fried calamari
The fried shrimp (they were soo good!)
The green beans (they have this fresh off the grill taste that we can’t seem to shake…)

Wouldn’t try again:
The mac and cheese (was a little watered down…don’t understand?? try them and you’ll see what we mean…)
The fries (nothing special about the ones here…)

Of course there are a plethora of items that we did not get to try but we have enough under our belt to want to visit this spot again. Our suggestion: 1 fish (fried shrimp) + 2 sides (green beans and the cornbread) + tartar sauce= happy eating.

*Side note: This could play the spot for a cool cheap date…;-)
**Side, side note: Also, check out their Lobster Pots To Go deal, it’s pretty cool, especially if you’re into lobster like we are.

Picture source:

Tackle Box on Urbanspoon

Category: Food.Fun.Stuff., Johnna's Pick of the Week, restaurant reviews, seafood, Various Cooking Styles, Washington D.C.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey Johnna,

    I checked out Tackle Box last Friday afternoon. The special that day was Fish Tacos which were delicious. They were made with Tilapia and dressed with a mildy spicy sauce–also they were made to order. The tortillas were fresh and grilled.

    I also tried the blueberry pie that all the other food editors seemed to like. It is definitely the best blueberry pie I have had. The berries pop in your mouth. The crust is substantial and does not overpower the berries–I would just use a tad more butter.

    I was in a rush so I did not try anything else, but will update you when I do.

    Your friend in food,


  2. Johnna Knows Good Food: Yum Yum, Gimme Some! says:

    Good stuff! I have to try that blueberry pie…

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