The evolution of the Southeast waterfront, more commonly known as Yards Park, has been incredible to witness over the past ten years.
When I was a freshman at GWU in 2005, this place was not even on the map. With the addition of Nats Park in 2008—which our GWU baseball team christened with the first game ever played in the park!—the area has become one of the hottest neighborhoods in Washington, and is now home to some of the area’s best restaurants, a state of the art gym, and luxury apartments.
Due South is the latest addition to not only Yards Park, but to the Georgetown Events family, which owns Surfside, Jetties, Fairgrounds, Smith Point, and many other fast-casual, preppy spots. The beautiful corner plot boasts floor to ceiling windows and an outdoor wrap around patio.
When we arrived for the soft opening, I was immediately charmed by the juxtaposition of mason jars, Edison light bulbs, and football on the flatscreen TVs that were abundant, but not overbearing.
The space feels like a high-end sports bar that isn’t trying too hard. The food has a southern influence, so you can expect to find a fair share of “hickory-smoked” options on the menu. We plucked one of the broiled oysters off a passing platter and were pleasantly surprised by the parmesan butter, tabasco combination. A sports bar that serves oysters? I’m in.
We also sampled the squash hush puppies, which were decent. I’m not a huge fan of the dish to begin with, but the squash gave it an interesting twist. The hickory-smoked pulled pork slider was by far my favorite item that we sampled that night. The sliders were mini versions of the sandwich on their menu and came with buttermilk slaw and pickles on a brioche bun. They were addicting.
Let’s talk beer. Abita Purple Haze and Shiner Bock Ruby Redbird are two of my favorite beers, so I squealed with joy—and immediately texted my fellow enthusiasts—when I learned that both were available on tap! In my opinion, that’s reason enough to venture back to Southeast.
We’re excited about this new fixture in the ever-growing Yards Park scene and think Due South would be a perfect spot to watch football on the weekend with friends, or grab dinner following a Nats game. And for all you SEC football fans out there, the restaurant will be proudly broadcasting all games this season. Of course, we’ll be back to try the restaurant’s Saturday and Sunday brunch.
Photo credit: Jonah Koch
301 Water Street SE