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Fans Old and New Fall for Updated Addie’s

“An actual proper, grown up restaurant compared to many of the new ‘fast casuals’ popping up everywhere”

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The oyster bar at the new Addie’s.
Photo by Rey Lopez for Eater DC
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

A new and improved Addie’s debuted in Potomac last month, complete with customizable seafood towers, and bright and airy decor.

Addie’s, named after restaurateur Jeff Black’s grandmother, was the spot that launched his culinary empire 22 years ago. After outgrowing the original space in 2013, the restaurant went dark as it built out new digs at 12435 Park Potomac Avenue in Maryland.

Seafood is the star of the show, and multi-tiered towers can be topped with a long list of ingredients like raw oysters, tuna poke, and scallop crudo. The expansive space includes two dining areas — one that peeks into the kitchen through antique-paned glass — as well as two bars.

Read on to hear what the public is saying, just a few weeks in:

The Tower News: Facebooker Leena Baran says, “Tuna tartare and blue crab salad were the best items on our seafood tower. Highly recommend.” Facebooker Muri Dueppen says, “It is frustrating that there seems to be a long list of yumminess that can only be accessed by getting a tower.” And Yelper Joy B. says, “The fun is choosing from the various cold and hot selections to create your tower.” [Facebook, Yelp]

The Comeback News: Yelper Norman G. is impressed by this latest effort. “The feel is very different than it was at the original Addie's, more like other members of the Black Restaurant Group. The ambitions are lofty,” he wrote. Facebook user Jerri Hatch says the “new and improved Addies ... is quite the step up and feels and looks like an actual proper, grown up restaurant compared to many of the new ‘fast casuals’ popping up everywhere.” [Yelp, Facebook]

The Instagram-Worthy News: Instagrammer @breevinston had a “successful anniversary dinner,” indulging in “figs and goat cheese, fresh seafood, and a bottle of my favorite wine!!” Instagrammer @sarametzger had “fresh watermelon juice and warm buttery bread for girls night!” [Instagram]

The Pretty Pricey News: Yelper Judy J. says, “While the food was very good and we enjoyed our experience, we felt the food was over priced for the size of the portions. I ordered the shrimp cocktail that had three medium sized shrimp for $10.50.” Yelper Taylor F. says, “Ordered the crab cake and salad appetizer. Was a little disappointed with the portion for $22. Two little crab cakes with a tiny salad. Was delicious though.” [Yelp]

The Slow-Moving News: Facebook user Milt Roney says, “The food was very good but slow. I felt sorry for the waiter, who forgot to order one of the entrees, forgot to order one of two wines, and snatched my wife's tiny wine carafe away before she had emptied it.” [Facebook]


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