I couldn't wait to visit Hank's, as some advisors and chowhounds had commented about the "lobster roll". Since moving from Boston, we missed this treat and looked forward to sampling it in D.C.
The restaurant itself was great. It was a breezy Saturday afternoon so we sat outside at one of the tables and enjoyed the tree-lined street located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Folks next to us were enjoying the oysters and you could hear their delight as they slurped them down.
We opted to try the popcorn shrimp & calamari appetizer and then we split the $23 lobster roll. The apps were good, the shrimp small but flavorful and the squid rings were the tiniest I have ever seen, but they were tender and perfectly fried.
Most of our lobster roll experiences in MA or ME always had the wow factor. The appropriately buttered and grilled hot dog bun was just a vehicle to deliver the huge mound of sweet, lightly seasoned lobster meat. It was usually served open face, since there was so much lobster that you couldn't flip the bun together.
Well not so at Hank's. For $23, you expected an explosion of lobster, but what you got was a dainty portion. It was good but not great, and most purists do not add any veggies. Luckily the celery they stirred in, was just tiny specks. If you are a die hard lobster roll fan, you may want to skip it and dig into the fresh oysters instead.
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