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My fiancé and I love to treat ourselves. We treat ourselves after a long day at work. We treat ourselves after a long run. We treat ourselves if it’s been too long since we’ve treated ourselves. We love to celebrate, and for us, that means a nice meal out on the town. On weeknights, since we both usually get home late, options are limited to nearby eats. Thankfully, our place is in Eastern Market, home of Barracks Row and the countless restaurants on Pennsylvania Ave SE. One of our favorite places is Hank’s Oyster Bar for the lobster roll (which we get every time we go) and the cocktail program, known as The Eddy Bar.

The Eddy Bar has been running an amazing, innovative program that hosts weekly themes. This week’s theme is “So what do you want to do with all of this extra liquor.”We kicked off dinner with some libations. I played it safe and ordered a 2012 Gruner Veltliner by Gobelsburger from Kamptal Austria. But my fiancé, a lover of all things brown–chocolate, whiskey etc.–ordered “An Italian Gentleman meeting his future wife’s parents for the first time in Kentucky.” This cocktail was made with Old Overholt rye whiskey, Aperol, cranberry, orange and Berlinerweisse. It was delicious–not too sweet with just the right amount of whiskey singing through. Win!

Before each meal, Hank’s tosses the table a bowl of Goldfish. I absolutely adore this tradition since it makes it socially acceptable to gobble down childhood treats in public. (We devoured two bowls before our entrée even arrived.)

For the main course, we split our mainstay lobster roll with Old Bay fries and one of the specials, a mixed seafood grille that included head-on shrimp, octopus and calamari. The lobster roll is as we always remembered it–crunchy, creamy and completely satisfying–coupled with the Old Bay fries, the meal is so indulgent and perfect for a “treat yo’ self” kind of night. The mixed grille was lemony, buttery and had the right amount of garlic–definitely would order it again.

Our favorite part about Hank’s, aside from the very sophisticated yet local atmosphere, is the fact that they try to keep everything fresh and special–so key for a seafood place. Of course, we also love the dark chocolate that come as a post-meal treat (we devoured every bit as soon as it hit the table).

I would make it a point to check out this DC mainstay. There are multiple locations and you’ll always be surprised by the special dishes, cocktail themes and seafood favorites.

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