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  • If they care at all about appealing to ALL neighbors, which judging by the renovation – they do, I’d suggest a new name.

  • Plenty of questionable establishment names that don’t appeal to all neighbors, some with sexual innuendos and connotation.

  • if you can’t handle a business name like this, I really don’t see how you can hack life in the city. must be rough…

    • That was an almost literal “WONT SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN” post. God bless the OP.

    • agreed. Of all the problem businesses on GA avenue, Fish in the Hood is NOT one of them. The owner is awesome and friendly and clearly wants to create an inviting space that welcomes everyone to his place. Old timers and gentrifiers.

  • How are they going to prevent late night loiterers? It seems that the entire back bar area is exposed to anyone who walks upon it. This doesn’t look very secure.

    • How is that any different than any outdoor patio space? They are all exposed in one way or another

      • Most places with outdoor space don’t have this amount of fixed infrastructure exposed to the sidewalk without protective gates. In fact, I can’t think of many spots – aside from Dacha – that has a full bar exposed at sidewalk level. At least with Dacha they have gates and large plants to dissuade local late night louts from messing with their space. Most places with outdoor space just have a simple patio with stackable chairs and tables – for good reason.
        I don’t really give that much of a crap, as I don’t live next door to this place. Maybe someone who lives nearby can comment. I actually really like Fish in the ‘Hood and have visited a few times.

    • The patio has been open for a while and it never seems to be a problem. I love Fish in the Hood!

    • The seat part of the stools are removed every night at closing. Loitering does not seem to be an issue, save one or two people here or there. There are many more loitering locations on Georgia Ave that are worse.

    • The stool seats are remove each night. They’ve actually been there for months and haven’t seen anyone hanging out at night yet.

  • Absolutely the best fried fish in town – product always fresh (no overwhelming fishy smell), place is clean, and Bill is a great guy running a great family business. Get the Whiting fried light with the mango sauce. They shouldn’t change the name because it will always be, and affectionately referred to as, Fish in the Hood.

    Maybe a tougher competition but, crab cake is definitely top 5 in DC.

  • That first post seriously makes me sad… what is wrong with people?!

    • I don’t know, but that person seemed so self-righteous that I’m certain they’ll never actually acknowledge there’s anything wrong with them.

  • awesome crab cakes with mango sauce. Love the patio but does this place serve alcohol? if not they need to! A beer license would be gang busters for this patio space.

    • I think that’s what Dan is hinting at with “phase three” – look again at the last photo. It looks like a walk-up bar to me…. Although I couldn’t find any hint of a liquor license application.

  • Lol gentrifiers this place is plenty busy without your patronage! May I suggest Hank’s on 14th? Hank’s has excellent visibility and you will surely feel safe given it’s proximity to other thriving restaurants.

    • Gentrifiers already have much love for Fish in the Hood. Please don’t be mistaken in thinking that the initial commenter is representative.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    I love the name. Sanitizing it for “the newcomers” would be absurd. Offensive, even.

  • Did they ever establish regular hours? I’ve only been there twice (and LOVED it), but have tried to go there numerous times only to find it closed.

  • Although I don’t agree with the very first poster’s suggestion that Fish in the Hood ought to change its name, I have to agree that to the uninitiated, it’s a little off-putting.
    When I moved to Park View, I didn’t initially check it out because its exterior didn’t really grab my attention and because quite honestly, I wasn’t sure whether a place named “Fish in the Hood” was a place where I would feel welcome.
    It wasn’t until I read rave reviews on PoPville that I went to check it out. As others have mentioned, the food is good, and the owner Bill is friendly. The first time I went there (with an outgoing friend who engaged Bill in conversation), I learned that “Fish in the Hood” wasn’t a name he’d chosen for the place, but rather a name that Howard students gave to it back when Park View WAS the “hood.”
    I think the quasi-change to “Fish in the neighborHood” was a welcoming gesture. I hope the first poster checks the place out, if he/she hasn’t already.

  • First commenter is essentially telling us that ‘All Neighbours Matter” 😉

    I myself am a newcomer-gentrifier, and I always assumed that this was just another fastfood joint on Georgia, and no lover of junkfood, I never went in. After reading the first commenter’s somewhat sad post, and all others’ responses, count me in and I’m looking forward to visiting Fish in the Hood very soon for a dinner.

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