Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Where to Eat: Tacklebox


Source: Tacklebox website 
As a native Mainer, I was raised to appreciate good seafood. In addition to lobster, I grew up eating lots of different types of seafood. Mussels, clams, scallops, haddock, shrimp, steamers. The list goes on and on.

So, when I heard about Tacklebox in Georgetown I added it to my list of places to check out. Sadly, despite living and working only a few blocks away, it took me until two weeks ago to actually try it out for the first time when I went with a friend for lunch.

When I first walked into Tacklebox I immediately picked up on the concept the restaurant is trying to portray. The design is supposed to mirror a lobster shack. Personally, I thought it seemed a little cheesy. But remember I'm a tough critic because I grew up going to the real deal. I know what real lobster shacks feel like, smell like, look like. So it was strange to have this fake lobster shack on M Street in Georgetown.

But by the time I left, I had a different opinion. I actually think the designers did a good job trying imitate a lobster shack. Long, wooden community picnic tables. Boeys hanging from the ceiling. Netting tacked to the walls. They pulled off off a pretty good imitation.

My dining companion hits up Tacklebox on the regular, so he explained the concept to me when we arrived. Patrons order food at the counter, pay, and then a number is called when the food is ready. While there is the option to order full entrees, my friend prefers to order a la carte, so I decided to follow his lead. He recommended that I order a fish, two sides, and a sauce. 

I decided to go with the grilled tilapia-- a white fish-- with the lemon garlic aioli sauce. For my sides I ordered the steamed broccoli and the fried green tomatoes. Seriously, who can resist fried green tomatoes?

Grilled tilapia, steamed broccoli, fried green tomatoes 
Our food was ready fast, which is always a huge plus during the work week. And it was good. The fish tasted fresh, the broccoli was cooked perfectly, and the fried green tomatoes were a little bit of heaven.

My only disappointment? I wished I'd gone for dinner so that I could enjoy a cold beer with my meal. That would have been perfect. I told this to my friend and he told me that Tacklebox has a great happy hour. Store that idea away for a hot, summer night.

Would I recommend this place for a date? Nope. Too casual. And I have a feeling that it gets pretty loud when it's busy. Also, there is only community seating, so it would be hard to have an intimate conversation.

But would it be a great place to meet up with some friends after work? Or on a lazy Saturday afternoon? Absolutely.

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