Navy Yards Park

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After our Pups in the Park baseball game adventure, Quinn could not wait to get out of there. Sean and I weren’t quite ready to go home, so we ventured in the Navy Yards area by the stadium.

This new development in DC is really nice. There is a boardwalk running along the water and a pretty park lined with trees that have long flowy branches. I feel like I should be sipping a mint julep underneath this tree…

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There are also a range of fun new restaurants here. We did a little research ahead of time and found a dog-friendly restaurant called Due South that had an outdoor patio and good food reviews.

Due South serves Southern-style comfort food, so we were excited to eat some down home stuff like pimento cheese and grits and fried chicken.

Here’s what we ordered.

We started with the jalapeno squash hush puppies. These were so good… I don’t think I’ve had hush puppies in about 20 years and the last time was from Captain D’s during Lent or something.

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We also ordered the bacon burger with pimento cheese and onion rings and a side of crispy fries. The fries came with a special sauce that combined practically every condiment in your fridge including ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, horseradish, capers, Tabasco, Worchestershire, etc. It was really good and you should try to make this at home.

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Finally, wanting to be somewhat healthy, we felt it was important to order a salad. This one was sort of Mexican inspired. It had kale, pumpkin seeds, Cotija cheese, carrots, and avocado. Actually, it was really delicious, and I don’t think it was healthy at all. We’ve made a few versions of this at home since this meal.

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To reward Quinn for his good behavior at the restaurant, we gave him lots of fries under the table.

We don’t venture into this part of DC very often as it’s quite far away from where we live. But this was a very nice outing for the family. If you find yourself at Pups in the Park sometime and you’re looking for a dog-friendly restaurant nearby, try out Due South.

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