The Dish: Bases Loaded

by Catherine Trifiletti

Eat and drink your way through Navy Yard with plates that knock it out of the park.

WHALEY’S301 Water St. SE

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Enjoy the classic match of warm weather and seafood towers at Whaley’s where the one- tiered displays come in three sizes and feed two to six people. The seafood-leaning eatery nails the combination of oysters, grilled calamari, poached mussels, little neck clams, uni, shrimp, lobster, crudo and catfish rillette. DON’T MISS: Impress a group with the Instagram- friendly large seafood tower ($145)

CHLOE1331 Fourth St. SE

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Chef/owner Haidar Karoum, formerly of Doi Moi, Estadio and Proof, now has his first solo restaurant (named after his niece) and it’s already earned rave reviews for its charm and authenticity. The internationally-inspired menu is a reflection of the chef’s life experiences, including summers spent in Germany and Copenhagen. DON’T MISS: Cobia crudo with avocado, Thai chilies, lime, fish sauce, crispy shallots and puffed black rice ($14)


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Dishes from the seasonal American restaurant pair well with the urban winery’s 16 bespoke offerings by the glass. Look out for Washington’s first official vintage released earlier this year, a 2017 Dry Rose. DONT MISS: Golden beet muhammara with pomegranate, almonds, Aleppo pepper and candied lemon served with fry bread ($10)


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Pasta, especially when fashioned by super chef Michael White, is good anytime of the year. At the rustic Italian waterfront brunch, lunch and dinner spot, a range of favorites from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region populate the menu, including samplings of cured meats and paninos. DON’T MISS: Any of the homemade pastas, especially the seasonal corn-filled ravioli with chanterelle mushrooms and garlic scapes ($23)


Brewheads, make your way to Bluejacket brewery (300 Tingey St. SE) and Bardo beer garden (25 Potomac Ave. SE), both of which boast wide open spaces to accommodate the sudsy set. The indoor Bluejacket seats 200 people while Bardo’s two- acre property on the Anacostia River can accommodate up to 750 revelers.


Del’s frozen Shandys at Salt Line (79 Potomac Ave. SE) have made a name for themselves since debuting last summer. As temperatures heat up, there’s no better way to pre-game nine innings of baseball. For a non-boozy option, head to the original outpost of Ice Cream Jubilee (301 Water St. SE) for a great choice of custom scoops.

This article appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of Washington Life Magazine. 

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