Baseball season is back in the District. The Washington Nationals kicked off their 2018 quest for the World Series last week and will return home to Nationals Park this Thursday, April 5. For many fans, the best part of the baseball game is the food. Eating at the ballpark is an experience all its own (there’s just something about a hot dog in summer), but it can also be pricey and less creative than other nearby options.
Fortunately, there’s been a lot of change around the Navy Yard neighborhood since last baseball season ended. If you’re looking for something beyond that half smoke or ice cream sundae, add these recent additions to your pre- or post-game food and drink to-do list. There’s everything from chef-inspired pizzas to fast-casual Indian food to keep fans fueled up and ready to cheer.
All-Purpose Capitol Riverfront
79 Potomac Ave. SE
This pizzeria opened on April 3 and is the sister location of the original All-Purpose in Shaw, which has drawn rave reviews for its pizzas and Italian-inspired small plates. The pies here have a nice crispy crust and are on the large size for one person. In honor of the waterfront location, this new location serves up the Rockaway pizza, topped with New Jersey clams and smoked bacon. The pizzas work well for sharing when ordered along with some appetizers like whipped ricotta with chili honey, almonds and rosemary or fried cauliflower with Sicilian hot sauce, mint, caper yogurt and croutons. The bar stocks plenty of beer, wine and cocktails, including two frozen varieties.
1331 4th St. SE
Fans looking for to settle in for an adventurous brunch, lunch or dinner should make a reservation for chef Haidar Karoum’s first solo restaurant. The highly anticipated Chloe opened this winter with a menu featuring both small plates and larger entrees. The food here takes cues from Karoum’s experience cooking American, Southeast Asian, and Mediterranean cuisines. You can’t go wrong with any of the seafood options, especially the cobia crudo. And both the Vietnamese spice roasted chicken and the crispy whole fish are meals on their own. Chloe hosts weekday happy hour at the bar from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., with $7 draft beers, $8 snacks, and selected glasses of wine for $10 and under.
1237 First St. SE
Declaration is the second Shaw pizza joint to open a location in Navy Yard this year. The grand opening is slated for April 5, just in time for the National’s home opener. Food options go beyond pizza to include appetizers, sandwiches and full-on entrees. Expect some familiar Declaration dishes like the Philly cheesesteak and the baked chicken wings along with new items like the Matthew Thornton pizza, topped with spinach, ricotta, garlic, nutmeg, and mozzarella. Beer, cocktails and wines will all be available.
1247 First St. SE
It’s hard to beat the combination of flavor and price value of Rasa, a fast-casual Indian concept that opened over the baseball off-season. Co-founders Rahul Vinod and Sahil Rahman have deep family roots in the restaurant business – their fathers are business partners at local Indian restaurants Indique and Bombay Bistro. Rasa delivers India’s diverse cuisine in the popular assembly-line model, inviting guests to create custom bowls or salads or to order off a menu of signature combinations. Choose from proteins like chicken tikka, lamb kebab or green jackfruit; sauces like tamarind chili or peanut seasame; vegetables such as charred eggplant or roasted Brussels sprouts; and a whole host of garnishes and toppings. You’ll be happy and stuffed for under $10. Rasa also serves a small selection of beer and wine along with a house Masala gin and tonic.