My Favorite Restaurant in D.C.

What’s my very favorite restaurant in D.C., you ask?

That’s easy: Hook in Georgetown.


It’s a bit pricey, but totally worth it. Even so, you can imagine my excitement when I saw a Groupon for Hook a few weeks ago! I immediately emailed my college friend and fellow foodie, Sarah, saying that we should have a hot date there. Done and done. Last night was the big night!


(Look, a photo of me with my hair down and in normal, non-workout clothes!! Yay!) 

I’ll miss having foodie hot dates with Sarah! It’s funny, because we know each other from college, but we didn’t actually become good friends until after college, living here in D.C. :)

Anyway, dinner was divine.

I love Hook because their menu is very seasonal, fresh, and creative. They always have such interesting pairings in their dishes.


We both started with a “crudo,” which is a play on the Japanese style of sashimi (aka: it’s raw!). I had the scallop, which was paired with corn, tomato, and avocado.


And for my entree, I ordered the seared Ahi Tuna, which came with quinoa, tabouli, thinly sliced cucumber, and a lemon yogurt sauce. YUM!


So good :) I would never have thought to put these things together!


I ate half and had the rest packed up to take home, because I needed to save room for THIS:


AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I had this dessert here two years ago and I still dream about it. I don’t get dessert all that often, so when I do — you know it’s worth it. This was a tiny Lingonberry (fun fruit!) tart, paired with CHEESE ice cream and a port wine reduction sauce.


Sarah and I shared it and almost died of happiness. The tart is amazing, but the cheese ice cream is what makes this. It’s made with a really intense stinky cheese called Taleggio, and it sounds weird, but I promise it’s good. The first taste is sweet and creamy, and then as it melts in your mouth it turns into a sharp cheese flavor. Incredible.

Anyway, time to go dream of cheese ice cream finish studying for my BioChem final.


I normally don’t get super stressed about classes or final exams, but considering this exam is my ONLY grade for the class, that it was online so I don’t feel I know the material as well, and the fact that I HAVE to pass or I can’t start my masters program in 2.5 weeks… I’m kind of freaking out. Not to mention BioChem is really damn complicated! Please send me some major smart vibes tomorrow at 11 a.m.! :)



  1. 1

    I absolutely love seared ahi, and that looks so perfect! Great restaurant!

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    CHEESE ice cream sounds like heaven…’specially since it’s taleggio! yum!

  3. 3

    Good luck on your exam!! I had to learn those cycles in bio last term, and I spent days memorizing them until I could do them in my sleep because they were the whole focus of the course, and then they *were barely even on the exam*. True story :P

  4. 4

    OMG, that cheese ice cream sounds amazing! Good luck on your exam tomorrow!!!

  5. 5

    That seared tuna looks amazing – I need to check Hook out! Good luck on your exam – you’re going to do awesome!

  6. 6

    Ohmigod – cheese ice cream?! I want it. Now. Good luck on your exam!!

  7. 7

    Good luck on your exam, darling! That meal looks fannetastic :D

  8. 8

    Good luck on your exam! ROCK IT!

  9. 9

    When I went to DC in June, you recommended Hook to me. I went, fell in love, and can’t wait to go back! it is one of the finest foodie spots in the city.

    Best of luck on the exam. I am recalling AP tests of the past and sending my best test-taking vibes your way!

  10. 10

    Looks like a fun restaurant! Good vibes coming your way on your biochem class (I hated that class).. looks like you have nice notes for the TCA cycle though! :P

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    1.) that dessert looks and sounds completely unbelievable. I loooove lingonberries.
    2.) you will ROCK that test tomorrow, because you’re awesome. Period. Sending you good luck wishes!!

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    That restaraunt looks AMAZING. If I ever make it to DC, that’s where I’m dining! The tuna and quinoa is like my dream dish. I’ll be thinking about you and sending good testing vibes!! Almost done. :)

  13. 13

    Forget about the dinner, I want two of those desserts. That’s enough to get me to the restaurant. And, really, dessert is what makes a meal for me. Mmm!

  14. 14

    Oh, le sigh! Every time I start to make peace with being allergic to fish, I see something like your ahi tuna, and it’s like a fresh wound. :) Looks fab, and awesome plan to have a great dinner leading up to your exam: fish is brain food, right? (Or is that an old wives’ tale?) Hope you get a good night sleep tonight, and LUCK to you!

  15. 15

    Wow – what a wonderful restaurant indeed!!!

  16. 16

    I so need to check this place out when I am in Georgetown! Looks delicious! Good luck on your exam, you should do great!

  17. 17

    Thank you for recommending Hook when I last visited D.C. It was such a fantastic meal!

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    good luck on your final! Don’t forget to take a “chill” break right before class. It always helps me and I’m a stresser.

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    GOOD LUCK! You will totally rock this. Especially after an awesome brain-food meal like the one you had last night.

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    The pastry chef at Hook is going to be on Top Chef: Just Desserts!! Woo!!

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    LOVE Hook! Fabulous seafood. Looks like you had a great time with your friend!

    Good luck today – you are going to do great!

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    Good luck on your test! I’ve been MIA from the blog world due to Biochem this summer and I’m actually in a CLASS (per your recommendation that online is awful!). Biochem is HARD. I’m positive you’ll pass but I completely understand the stress – that’s too much pressure for one exam! Good luck times a million!

  23. 24

    Hook is one of my favorites, too! Sounds like a wonderful dinner. Good luck with the exam. You’ll do great, I’m confident!

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    Michelle Heikell says:

    Groupons rock. Can’t wait to try Hook. I’ll make sure to order some cheese ice cream for my hubby to try ;)

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