And Now to Celebrate

Caps celebrating

The Washington Capitals celebrate a victory at home against the Rangers.

Now that the game is over, either fans are celebrating a win or mourning a loss. Either way, if you decide to stick around DC, there’s still plenty to do. Of course, most of it is for the older crowd.

Recently, the blog Capitals Outsider polled Caps fans about where they liked to go after games. Of those top polled, here are the five best places:

The Greene Turtle – It’s right next to Verizon Center; there’s even an entrance to the restaurant from inside Verizon. Greene Turtle serves cheap, good food. It specializes in American food, but has a wide selection. It’s a good place to grab a bite to eat before heading home.

Rocket Bar – It’s located across the street from Verizon Center on the same side of the street as California Tortilla. Rocket Bar got the most votes from Caps fans in the poll. It has 17 HDTVs, seven pool tables, six shuffleboards, six darts, two jukeboxes, boardgames and three full bars.

RFD – It’s located just down the street from Verizon Center. It’s a good place to grab a drink after the game and celebrate with other Caps fans. Occasionally Caps players will stop by. This year, Caps rookie defenseman, John Carlson, celebrated his 21st birthday at RFD with a bunch of other Caps fans.

Iron Horse – It’s located down the street from Verizon and is a bar. It doesn’t have a kitchen, but outside food is allowed in. It boasts some of the best beers in the city so it’s worth stopping in after a game just to relax for a little bit and unwind.

Redline – It’s located just around the corner from Verizon Center and is a restaurant specializing in American food. It’s a sports bar so it’s also a good place to just sit and watch the game if you can’t afford tickets.

A Fan’s Pre-Game Meal

Caps games generally take a long time. With travel, they are roughly five hours long. That’s a long time to go without food, so the smart choice would be to eat something once downtown. There are plenty of places around Verizon Center and I’ll break down the top ones in both sit-down restaurants and faster eats.

Fast Eats:

On the same side of the street as the arena, almost completely connected to the building, are two of the busiest game-day fast food places: McDonald’s and Chipotle (on the 7th Street side). While these two are fast, because of their proximity to Verizon, they get very crowded very fast. From experience, it’s hard to move, cramped, lines wrap around the restaurant and it’s often hard to find a place to sit.

However, on the other side of the street, there’s a Potbelly (roughly a four minute walk on the 7th Street side), which specializes in sandwiches, and a California Tortilla (a few feet down from Potbelly), which is similar to a Chipotle but offers a wider range of Mexican food such as quesadillas. Both are roughly just as fast as McDonald’s and Chipotle, but the lines are usually shorter. However, be aware that seating in these two places is also a bit limited.

A little farther away (a six minute walk from the arena), there’s a Five Guys Burger and Fries. It’s roughly a six minute walk from the arena and is more likely to not be as busy. I haven’t been to that specific location myself, but be sure to leave plenty of time just in case it is busy.

Sit-Down:

There are a number of sit-down restaurants located near the Verizon Center. But be advised that, since they are sit-down restaurants, to leave plenty of time for a full meal before the puck drops. The Verizon Center website also has a suggested list of restaurants to try. Here are some of the better places:

Rosa Mexicano – Barely a minute walk away, it specializes in Mexican food. It’s a nicely decorated restaurant with a menu that contains a wide assortment of choices. Prices range from roughly $15-$27.

Legal Sea Foods – Three minutes away, this seafood restaurant is advertised as one of the best. Of course, with high quality food comes a high price. Adult entrees range anywhere from $12-$30, but you’re guaranteed a good meal.

Fuddruckers – A five minute walk away, Fuddruckers specializes in burgers, but also serves sandwiches and salads. Basically, it’s an American restaurant. Price ranges from as low as $11 to as high as $30, but not many entrees are that expensive. It’s a nice, casual dining experience before a game.

Matchbox – Six minutes away from Verizon Center, it specializes in pizza. Some of the seafood entrees run a bit higher at around $20-$30, but pizzas, depending on size range from $14-$20. It’s definitely something to check out.

McCormick and Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant – Four minutes away, it’s a much classier restaurant. However, since it is seafood, the prices are a bit higher, ranging from $15-$30. If you’re looking to splurge for a meal, this place is recommended, but you may want to wait until after dinner to put your Caps jersey on.

Eat First Restaurant – Just a six minute walk around the corner, let’s not forget that Verizon Center is located in Chinatown. If you’re looking for a good Chinese restaurant, this is the place to go. It’s incredibly cheap with almost all entrees under $10. It’s not gourmet, but it’ll get you fed and to the game.

 

Remember, wherever you choose to go, the most important thing is that you get to the game on time. With hockey, and especially the Caps, games are so exciting that you don’t want to miss a second of it.

 

San Jose Sharks forward Kyle Wellwood takes the faceoff against Washington's Mathieu Perreault during the game against the Sharks on Feb. 8.

San Jose Sharks forward Kyle Wellwood takes the faceoff against Washington's Mathieu Perreault during the game against the Sharks on Feb. 8.

 

 

Rosa Mexicano – Barely a minute walk away, it specializes in Mexican food. It’s a nicely decorated restaurant with a menu that contains a wide assortment of choices. Prices range from roughly $15-$27.

 

Legal Sea Foods – Three minutes away, this seafood restaurant is advertised as one of the best. Of course, with high quality food comes a high price. Adult entrees range anywhere from $12-$30, but you’re guaranteed a good meal.