- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 19, 2007

Hook

3241 M St. NW

202/625-4488

American seafood

Hook serves superb fresh fish almost exclusively. One evening, the only meat entree was a grass-fed steak. Bluefish, served on a spiced zucchini-potato pancake, was wonderful. A square of white halibut was equally fresh and well cooked; so was the Alaska king salmon.

So much attention seems to be paid to the quality and preparation of the fish that the kitchen appears to overlook interesting side dishes. Watermelon gazpacho was terrific, brilliant red in color, with a lovely depth of flavor. Country ham — excellent — with tiny buttermilk biscuits — cold and mealy — is a fine non-fish starter.

Desserts include lemon pound cake and almond cake, both served with sorbets.

The downstairs is super noisy; upstairs is suitable for conversation.

Corinna Lothar

Jackie’s Restaurant

8081 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

301/565-9700

American

Jackie’s Restaurant in Silver Spring serves up innovative, modern American food — much of it organic and locally grown — with an eye toward nostalgic home cooking in a groovy, renovated old warehouse. The decor is mod-inspired and colorful and nicely complements the exposed bricks and beams.

What’s not to love?

Story Continues →