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What to Expect From Bluejacket’s Restaurant, Now Called The Arsenal (Updated with Full Menu)

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With a full-scale production brewery onsite, it's no wonder all the talk about Bluejacket, opening in Navy Yard next Tuesday, has centered on the beer. (Just read this week's Y&H column.) But let's not forget there's food, too. Neighborhood Restaurant Group is trying to distinguish the 200-seat restaurant and bar from the brewery by giving it its own name: The Arsenal. The group settled on the name only about 24 hours before a preview party last night.

The beer hall and public house-inspired food menu was developed by Birch & Barley chefs/husband-wife team Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac. Running the kitchen day-to-day at The Arsenal will be chef de cuisine Dan Hahndorf, who was previously at Vermillion.

UPDATE: We've now got a more complete menu. Check it out below. The dining room menu is available in both the bar and dining room, and the night bar menu is just for the bar (although there's a lot of overlap.) The bar will be for walk-ins only. The dining room will begin accepting reservations in the coming days.

DINING ROOM MENU

Snacks for sharing

Pickle pot: assorted house pickles

Pickled Sausage: three links of brined pork-garlic sausage

Crab Deviled Eggs: three half hen eggs, crab roe deviled yolks, pickled mustard seeds

Half pound of fries served with Ketchup and dijonaisse or white cheddar and tasso ham gravy

Classic Wings with frankenbutter, blue cheese dip, celery

Fried Pig Tails with General Satan’s sauce

Appetizers

Cold Charcuterie: assortment cured meat, terrine and pate with pickles and toast

Hot Charcuterie: fried hogs head terrine, grilled chicken liver sausage, seared pastrami tongue

Braised Pork Cheeks with creamy polenta, jarred tomatoes, broccoli rabe

Beef Heart Tartare with worcestershire, balsamic, pickled mustard seeds, parsley salad, grilled bread

Baby Back Ribs: slow roasted with South Carolina BBQ, fennel-apple slaw, German potato salad

Salads and House Made Pastas

Cobb Salad: bibb lettuce, blue cheese dressing, bacon, avocado, pickled egg and tomato

Asian Salad: romaine, sesame seeds, orange segments, carrot-ginger dressing, fried wontons

Kale Caesar: Tuscan kale, gruyere croutons, boquerones, shaved pecorino

Carbonara: house buccatini, slow roast pork belly, parm, black pepper, hen yolk

Sweet Potato Gnocch with duck sausage, tallegio fonduta, greens

Canneloni al Forno: squash, swiss chard, ricotta, béchamel, red wine plumped cranberries

Capellini: house angel hair pasta, slow roast chicken, lemon confit, fennel, parmesan

Burgers and Hoagies

Porchetta Hoagie: warm broccoli rabe, porchetta, aged provolone, pepper relish, chips

Juicy Lucy: two aged brisket patties with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, B&B pickles, dijonnaise, fries

Veggie Burger: black bean, chickpea, faro patty, ancho mayonnaise and avocado, fries

Shrimp Burger: shrimp patty, frisse, fried lemon, lemon-caper aioli, fries

Mergueze Burger: seven-ounce lamb and pork patty, Manchego, harissa aioli, arugula, fries

Entrees

Rotisserie half chicken: 12 hour brined chicken, pretzel stuffing, roasted root vegetables

Braised Lamb Neck Cassoulet with cannelloni beans, duck sausage, red wine glazed pearl onions

Grilled Pork Chop with brined pork chop, wheat berries, chanterelle Mushrooms, sunchoke puree

Seared Wolf Fish with barley risotto, barogoule artichoke hearts, baby mustard greens

18 Hour Short Rib with balsamic braised cabbage, Parmesan spaetzel, butter braised turnips

Crispy Rock Fish with spinach puree, hand rolled couscous, roasted pearl onions, celery, arugula

Sides 

Mac and Cheese: Spent grain shells, white cheddar béchamel

JoJos: Roasted potatoes, spicy Mayo

Shaved Brussels Sprouts: Pecorino, olive oil, pepper, lemon

Honey Glazed Carrots: tarragon, toasted almonds

Parm Spaetzel with herbs, butter

NIGHT BAR MENU

Snacks

Items are available one hour after dinner service nightly

Pickle pot: assorted house pickles

Pickled Sausage: three links of brined pork-garlic sausage

Crab Deviled Eggs: three half hen eggs, crab roe deviled yolks, pickled mustard seeds

Half pound of fries served with ketchup and dijonaisse or white cheddar and tasso ham gravy

Classic Wings with frankenbutter, blue cheese dip, celery

Fried Pig Tails with General Satan’s sauce

Fried Chickpeas with house lemon pepper

Cheesy Grit Poppers: yellow grit-cheddar bites with tasso gravy dipper

Warm Beer Soft Pretzels: three freshly baked pretzels with beer mustard

Large Plates

Cobb Salad: bibb lettuce, blue cheese dressing, bacon, avocado, pickled egg and tomato

Asian Salad: romaine, sesame seeds, orange segments, carrot-ginger dressing, fried wontons

Kale Caesar: Tuscan kale, gruyere croutons, boquerones, shaved pecorino

Grilled Cheese with Tallegio, apple-onion jam, parkerhouse, chip

Porchetta Hoagie with warm broccoli rabe, porchetta, aged provolone, pepper relish with chips

Juicy Lucy: two aged brisket patties with white cheddar, lettuce, tomato, B&B pickles, dijonnaise, fries

Veggie Burger: black bean, chickpea, faro patty, ancho mayonnaise and avocado, fries

Shrimp Burger: shrimp patty, frisse, fried lemon, lemon-caper aioli, fries

Mergueze Burger: seven-ounce lamb and pork patty, Manchego, harissa aioli, arugula, fries

Carbonara: house buccatini, slow roast pork belly, parm, black pepper, hen yolk

Sweet Potato Gnocch with duck sausage, tallegio fonduta, greens

And because, let's be honest, you can't escape beer at Bluejacket, here are the names of the beers on the menu, lit up on the wall:

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And a few of the beer descriptions from last night's preview party:

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The Arsenal at Bluejacket, 300 Tingey St. SE; bluejacketdc.com

Photos by Jessica Sidman

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