I have a standing "let's try a new restaurant" weekly appointment with a former co-worker. I had read so much about Hank's on Chowhound, so I figured it would be great. We previously had gone to Les Halles and had a great steak and fries there.
The verdict on Hank's? It was great.
It's @ 1624 Q Street NW, and if you get out of the Dupont Metro, take the North Exit.
It puts you right out @ Q. (the walking directions from Metro's site is a little confusing)
After a quick 4 block walks East, I got to Hank's. Incidentally that little stretch of Q street is very nice.
I arrived @ 6:55. My friend was waiting at the bar. We were seated almost immediately, and there were 2-3 tables open. 10 minutes later there was a 45 minute wait.
Neither of us are drinkers, so i can't tell you much about the wine list, other than it exists.
They serve Pepperidge Farm gold fish in a small ingredient bowl to nibble on while you order a refreshment and read the menu.
The menu changes daily, according to the menu.
My friend isn't nearly as adventurous as I was, so i'll have to try the escargot there another time.
She got the fried oysters and a side of old Bay seasoned fries. (18?)
I got the special, which was 2 crab cakes, coleslaw, and old bay fries. ($26)
The crab cakes were perfectly circular and lightly browned. Cracking the crust revealed a mostly crab cake. There wasn't a lot of big chunky filler. Very adequate for my purposes.
But the fried oysters....I'm from Texas, spent time in Louisiana, and these oysters were on that level of goodness. Not overly battered, and the oyster was very "oyster-y". I don't think i've actually had better oysters.
And the fries were great. I may have to invest in a deep fryer and some old bay. (hopefully they both come packed with the defribilator and treadmill)
Service - ok
Dress - a good mix of business casual and business, with the casual folks enjoying a day in the outside seating area.
To end the meal, there were 4 pieces of dark chocolate in a finger bowl. Nice.
total bill - ~47 for the meal
Chowhound knocked it out of the park on this one.