The Georgetown Waterfront's less about food, and more about atmosphere, which, by the way, is mainly created from the CO2 produced by Georgetown co-eds as they talk about things you don't care about. Well, now there's an actual, gastronomical draw too, thanks to the new Nick's Riverside Grill, reborn after flooding caused its closure 18 months ago
The ole beer 'n leer standby's gone all island-y, bringing in a St. Michaels chef to spice up their menu, and taking over space next door to make room for a huge, concrete center bar, running accordion-style windows, and a raised waterfront sunroom that looks out on all the action. Said menu's jerked with chicken dressed in authentic Scotch Bonnet pepper marinade, and then there's seafood like spiced ahi steak dusted w/ ginger soy beurre blanc & wasabi cream, and a full pound of steamed Alaskan king crab legs with "drawn butter", or how a cherubic Louie Anderson used to spend his time in art class. The new 'tails nod to the old, including the Kentucky Reds with apple cinnamon-infused bourbon & ginger beer, and -- served with a dark rum float -- a spiced rum/berry puree/bitters Planter's Punch, which, when improperly executed, will leave you with a broken green thumb
And while it still may not be a true foodie destination, the re-opening of next door's Tony and Joe's (also with a new menu) means the Gtown Waterfront has got, at the very least, some low-pressure options.