A favorite spot for many of the Nationals players is Matchbox - famous for their 3.6.9 sliders and wood oven pizza, this restaurant is along the ever bustling Barracks Row. Other newer favorites with international flare along Barracks Row include: Greek specialties from Cava, Balkan food at Ambar, and Persian kebobs at Tash.
|Saffron Lemon Chicken at Tash|
Ben's Chili Bowl. But I prefer some of the more upscale options like the pulled pork sandwich from Blue Smoke, burgers and shakes from Shake Shack, or garlic-Parmesan fries from Box Frites. (For a full breakdown of concourse eats, check out this list from Eater DC.)
New this year inside the stadium is Shawafel - from nearby H St NE, serving Lebanese sandwiches and spreads, this may be a nice lighter option especially during the hot summer months.
Additionally, there are quite a few new places around the Navy Yard Metro. The largest draw will be at Gordon Biersch, which will be officially open at First and M streets SE at 10 a.m. today. The brewpub, which has room for more than 200 patrons indoors and a patio with seats for 85 more, will have six to eight house-made beers on tap, plus five rotating draft selections from such local breweries as DC Brau, Mad Fox and Loose Cannon.
Right down the street, Park Tavern is aiming for a Monday opening. Run by Xavier Cervera, the man behind Molly Malone’s, Lola’s, and Pacifico Cantina on Barracks Row, Park Tavern will offer outdoor seating at Canal Park.
The map below from the Washington Post highlights some other new dining spots that are planning to open later in the year.
|Image via Gene Thorp/The Washington Post|