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Brightwood Steps Up Its Seafood Game This Month With Catch 22

Chef Sammy Davis, winner of Food Network’s “Chopped,” has lots of Southern-style fish dishes in the works

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Deep fried whole red snapper with Thai basil chile sauce at Catch 22.
Catch 22/official photo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Catch 22 is just a few weeks away from bringing Brightwood an upscale seafood spot that encourages communal-style eating, serving boatloads of whole fish flown in daily.

Along with family-style teriyaki baked salmon and Big Easy-style blackened catfish, the opening menu includes grilled pineapple and shrimp, lobster potstickers, and lots of Southern-style brunch picks like Mississippi fried crab legs and waffles. Drinks also have a seafaring bent, like a bright blue Shark Bite cocktail with a candy fish bobbing inside.

The neighborhood newcomer (5832 Georgia Avenue NW), from the owners behind Maryland’s popular breakfast chain Milk & Honey Café, is scheduled to arrive in late October (pending liquor license approval).

The space, transformed from its former life as now-shuttered Imm Thai, got a complete interior makeover via velvet chairs, gold accents, and plush lounge seating. The expansive space can fit 65 guests in the dining room and another 20 in the bar area.

The chef behind the wheel is Sammy Davis, who learned the art of cooking fresh catches of the day during his time at Nobu New York. Co-owner and managing partner Monique Rose Simms also hails from Milk & Honey Café in College Park and Bowie, Md. and Milk & Cheese in Beltsville, Md.

Here’s a first look at the opening menu (prices TBA), followed by some upcoming dishes planned for Catch 22:

Scallop and shrimp martinis at Catch 22.
Catch 22/official photo
Oreo-stuffed ice cream baked Alaska.
Catch 22/official photo
Catch 22 is filled with lots of nautically-themed accents and reclaimed wooden walls.
Catch 22/official photo
Jerk lamb lollipops with mango balsamic glaze at Catch 22.
Catch 22/official photo