Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

August 17, 2012 11:50 AM

Restaurant: Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

After we left Palmetto Bluff (See Issue #110) we spent three nights in Charleston. The following are the three restaurants at which we had dinner.

[Note: For those of you whose primary interest in my restaurant reviews has to do with the men’s room descriptions, I must report that, with the exception of one of the restaurants in this group, while I took my usual photographs of each restroom, I failed to label them, and now as I write, I cannot remember which is which.]

Hank’s Seafood Restaurant

10 Hayne Street
Corner of Church & Hayne St.
We went to Hank’s at the suggestion of Debbie’s friends, Norm and Barbara, who joined us for dinner.

It is quite a large restaurant. There is a large bar to the left as you enter with the usual array of high stools. The main dinner seating area is filled with a combination of tables from 2s through 8s and a number of booths running along one wall. We were seated at one of the booths. The booth was quite comfortable even for one with a large waist.

We all had spinach salads with Goat Cheese, Grape Tomatoes, Bacon and Croutons tossed in the House Vinaigrette.

For entrees, Barbara chose Buttermilk Fried Chicken with double boneless breasts, collard greens and mashed potatoes.

Norm selected the Shrimp and Grits, tender local shrimp sautéed with Smoked Andouille Sausage simmered in Tomato Jus with Garlic and served over Cream Stone Ground Grits.

Debbie went for the Soft Shell Crab special which she does just about every time it shows up on a menu.

I picked the Low Country Bouillabaisse, Selection of Fresh Fish, Clams, Oysters, Mussels, Shrimp and Scallops simmered in a light tomato, leek and garlic broth. It was accompanied by toasted garlic croutons

The restaurant is open for dinner 7 days a week, beginning at 5 p.m. Reservations are suggested, although this is likely more important on the weekend than mid-week.

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