The Navy Yard is doing some great things to revive the area around Nats Park. Clearly they have their heads on correctly because they knew, every great park needs a tavern. Obviously. But Park Tavern isn’t your usual dark wood, don’t-know-what-time-of-day-it-is type tavern. LEED certified and bright and airy, this is a great place for pre- or post-game drinks and food.
I didn’t have a lot of time to delve into the drink menu when I was there, I was stopping in briefly before seeing Space Jam in the park on a large blow-up movie screen outside. Summertime, am I right? But the food was worth mentioning. Apparently there have been some ups and downs with this place, their first head chef being a real stand out and then a few subsequent ones turning out to be duds. The new chef though, definitely a winner. I had the fried fish sandwich and the breading was light and crispy, the fish melted in my mouth. I was picking up the bits and pieces that fell out of my sandwich as a causality of eating. I couldn’t leave any on the plate.
I ate at the bar inside because it was just me but they have an expansive patio with a great view of the LED lit fountain that you can run through. Which I’ve done because apparently I’m 6.
Overall rating: Come visit the park or go to a game, stroll around for a bit, and then have a nice meal at the tavern on their patio. To work off the meal on a hot day, splash through the fountain with the kids. The recipe for a great summer afternoon. And if that little fountain isn’t enough, head to the waterfront, there is a whole splash pool.