Take Me Out To The Ballgame And Top Nationals Park Area Restaurants

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Photo courtesy of 100 Montaditos
Photo courtesy of Ice Cream Jubliee
Photo courtesy of TaKorean
Photo courtesy of The Big Stick
Photo courtesy of Scarlet Oak
By Gina Gallucci White, Washington Local Expert

Home to the Washington Nationals, you can find a bevy of amazing food venues inside the confines of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Ben's Chili Bowl, G Sandwich, Shake Shack and Chesapeake Crab Café are some of our favorites. But let's be honest...when Bryce Harper hits a home run or Stephen Strasburg strikes out a heavy hitter, we want to be able to clap both hands and scream without a ton of food ready to fly out.

Grabbing a meal before or after the game is a great option in the Navy Yard. Once a culinary wasteland, this neighborhood has been transformed by the ballpark into a great and ever growing culinary destination.

Looking for dishes from around the world? Head to Agua 301 for authentic modern Mexican cuisine including a selection of empanadas, tacos and mouth watering entrees. You will find a taste of Spain at 100 Montaditos. Like it's name sake, you'll have 100 different options to chose from for your meal. Ostertia Morini offers hearty Italian dishes in a welcoming atmosphere.

Summer days can get pretty toasty in the district so grab a cold one at local breweries like Gordon Biersch or Bluejacket to quench your thirst.      

You won't strike out on taste at any of these Washington, D.C. venues near the Nationals ballpark.

10. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - DC
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A cold beer on a warm summer day goes with baseball like peanuts and Cracker Jacks. This venue crafts beers onsite in small batches that are big on flavor. Beers rotate but guests are sure to find one that suits different palettes whether its hoppy, dark, malty, fruity or smooth. Great beers need good food to pair with so start off with their legendary garlic fries or crispy crab risotto fritters. If you are there with a group, the snack and share menu is the way to go with choices like California Beach tacos and mini bratwurst sliders. Don' miss chef's favorite menu items like the gorgonzola ribeye, beer braised steak tips and traditional sausage platter. METRO: Navy Yard.

9. 100 Montaditos
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With a mission to bring Spain to the masses, this worldwide restaurant chain helps patrons discover this historic county through multiple touches. Each restaurant is fashioned after 15th century Spanish taverns with a menu rich in ancient traditions. Take some time to look over the menu before you go. Going back to their name – they offer 100 different types of montaditos. A majority feature meat but there are some vegetarian options like goat cheese with fresh tomato and honey mustard and fresh mozzarella with tomato and pesto. Montaditos are not the only menu item so be sure to check out the tapas and fresh salad offerings. METRO: Navy Yard

8. Ice Cream Jubilee
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There is only one thing sweeter than when the Nationals win – a sugary treat from this Southeast destination. You'll find around 20 different flavors to chose from – staples like bold vanilla and chocolate chocolate to Thai iced tea, blueberry pie and banana bourbon caramel. Flavors do change seasonally so check out their menu before you go. A majority of flavors accommodate those with gluten needs but alert a server who can guide you to the best choices to meet your dietary needs. Milk and cream used in their ice cream is produced by South Mountain Creamery – a dairy farm just 50 miles away. METRO: Navy Yard

7. TaKorean
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TaKorean first served hungry Washington, D.C. residents, tourists and business folk as a food truck. Today, the fast, casual venue has spread to three brick and mortar locations throughout the district. One you will find close to Nationals Park waiting to serve you Korean BBQ tacos. Diners pick everything that goes into their meal including the style, protein, slaw and toppings. Don't leave without adding on some chips and salsa as a side. Those with dietary restrictions need not worry. They offer a number of options for those with dairy, vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free needs. METRO: Navy Yard

6. The Big Stick
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When your favorite player hits a game winning home run or your team scores a much needed touchdown, most friends will yell, cheer and scream. The Big Stick takes it to the next level. You and your friends can drink a shot off at the same time off a wooden ski. Located within walking distance to the Washington Nationals Park, this venue meshes a rustic, lodge-theme with sports bar food and fun. Their menu changes often so don't be surprised on a return visit to see new items featured. This includes both drink and food menus. METRO: Navy Yard

5. Agua 301
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Looking for modern Mexican fare? Head to Agua 301 which showcases a contemporary take on the cuisine with infusions of modern flair. This is not a Tex-Mex venue so know before you go. Start off the meal with bocaditos (small bites) or try their selections of ceviches, soups, salads, empanadas and tacos. Be sure to leave room for choices off the entrees menu especially for the pesto crusted salmon, enchiladas vegetarians and paella Mexicana. They offer more than 50 tequilas and mezcals, margaritas and creative cocktails so drink all you want because the Metro is nearby. METRO: Navy Yard.

4. Bluejacket
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Walking into the brewery's nearly century-old building, your first reaction will probably be to look up. Known as 'The Boilermaker Shops,' the building was part of the Navy Yards ship and manufacturing complex. The only thing more impressive than the building is the beers they serve to thirsty customers. Their libations menu constantly rotates so every visit may lead to a new beer to drink. (Imagine the possibilities!) Now before you go and fill up on beer, the venue has a great seasonal food menu. A recent spring menu featured snacks, salads, fish, meat, and sandwich offerings. METRO: Navy Yard.

3. Justin's Cafe
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This neighborhood hangout was one of the first to pop up when the Washington Nationals moved to the district in 2005. Over a decade later, the venue still brings baseball fans and food lovers in to sample a simple yet delicious American menu showcasing salads, sandwiches and American-Neapolitan pizzas. If you can't get tickets to a game, head here to watch it on one of their five flat screen televisions. Check out their weekday happy hour for specials on beer and cocktails and test your knowledge during their weekly Tuesday Trivia Night contests. The winner gets a $50 gift card to the restaurant. METRO: Navy Yard.

2. Osteria Morini
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The word 'osteria' in Italian means a place where a person hosts guests. Diners will get that vibe as soon as they walk in the door at this Navy Yard-based casual eatery which features an open kitchen so patrons can see what each chef is working on and beautiful views of the Anacostia River. Featuring northern Italian fare, you'll find traditional pastas from Romagna, cured sliced meats served with gilled bread and tigelle modenese, anti-pasta and a variety of different entrees. Bring your glasses in order to make an informed decision off the impressive wine list. METRO: Navy Yard

1. Scarlet Oak
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Located just a block away from the Navy Yard Metro station, this restaurant serves modern American fare that is both upscale mixed with ballpark ready dishes. Just look at the dinner menu which features a mix of entrees such as Peking duck, burger and fries, pan seared rockfish and six different pizza selections. Want to grab a quick bite before the game? They offer small plates and nibble menus showcasing dishes such as fish tacos, pork belly sliders, wings grilled asparagus and grilled romaine. Early game on Sundays are no problem because the venue is open for brunch serving a delicious menu that will have you ready to cheer on the Nationals! METRO: Navy Yard