all words: Kimberly Cadena
all photos: Stephanie Breijo
On Friday night, Stephanie and I headed to NoMa for a Watershed’s delicious new community building effort, the Friday Night Dinners, and the inaugural Fish Fry (Oyster Roast will be on November 18 and a Goose Roast on December 16).
Watershed is Todd Gray’s newest eatery, and it’s doing more for NoMa than bringing his delicious interpretation of Mid-Atlantic coastal cuisine to the neighborhood. It’s actively working to be a neighborhood gathering place, and it’s that sentiment that inspired their Friday Night Fish Fry.
When Stephanie and I arrived, we happily snacked on starters of crispy Maine clams with preserved lemon mayonnaise, sardines on brioche with red pepper chutney and curried pumpkin soup shots (the perfect fall food). We washed it all down with frozen mugs of The Public.
The Public, is DC Brau’s delicious new pale ale, and it was the drink of the night. In DC Brau’s words, “Tawny hues of caramel and amber are a trademark of the Public ale as well as a delicious spruce crispness resulting from a beautiful abundance of hops!” In my words: it’s caramel-colored goodness that, thanks to the hops, feels fresh and crisp in your mouth.
We met Brandon and Jeff, the brilliant beer-loving mustached men behind DC Brau, at the fish fry. In our effort to secure thorough coverage on behalf of BYTEatDrink, we set up a brewery tour to bring you even more from DC Brau very soon.
Next up was the first course, caramelized pierogi of scallop and crab with caper brown butter. The main course was potato crusted fluke – which was great on its own and absolutely delicious with Watershed’s homemade hot sauce; crispy catfish – the delicate, salty strips were very good and I can’t recommend them enough. Even the people at our table who weren’t fans of catfish admitted they were very tasty; and lightly spiced BBQ shrimp. Sides of collard greens and creamy grits rounded the meal out.
A very good, subtle sweet potato pie with crystallized ginger ice cream and warm bourbon caramel (warm! bourbon! caramel!) finished the meal. It was a surprisingly light dessert that was perfect for the end of the big dinner.
Live in NoMa? Love good food? Bring a friend to the fish fry and you both eat for $75, tax & gratuity included. Non-neighborhood residents are invited to enjoy the fish fry too for $75 each. Reservations are required. Please call Watershed at 202.534.1350 and mention you live in NoMa.