Bluejacket: Redefining the Meaning of Bar Food

As avid foodies in the DMV, we’re constantly looking for cool new places to review.  It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group – Iron Gate and Hazel are two of our absolute favorites – so we had high expectations for Bluejacket.  Unsurprisingly, their dishes blew us away.  They do American bar food, but it’s super elevated so it’ll impress any and everyone.  We know “elevated bar food” is oxymoronic, but you just gotta trust us!

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into Bluejacket is the incredible interior.  It was built in 1919, and their space was part of the navy yards ship and munitions manufacturing complex.  It’s one of the few industrial buildings left in the DC area so that in itself makes it a bamf space.  Now, if you’re a beer lover, you won’t ever want to leave because it just so happens to be a kickass brewery as well – see their impressive selection here!

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bluejacket pierogies

above:  to-die-for pierogies || below: magical tots

We were a group of three so we ordered a variety of plates and shared!  Our waiter recommended the Big Train Burger ($16) and the Fried Mumbo Chicken Sandwich ($15) so we obviously got those, but we also got the grilled cheese ($13), pan-seared pierogies ($12/$15), and an order of their “smother it” tots ($9).

  • The burger was a 1/2 pounder, and it was served with bacon, cheddar, smokey onion rings, jalapeño relish, house steak sauce and mayo.
  • The chicken sandwich came with pickles, coleslaw and was smothered in their ridiculous nomtastic mumbo sauce.
  • The pierogies came with chive reduction, crispy leeks, beech mushrooms, and was filled with charred onion and boursin.
  • The grilled cheese had an obscene amount of swiss and came with smoked tomato jam on parkerhouse loaf.
  • The tots come with ketchup and dijonnaise, but you can “upgrade” for $2 and get cheddar and tasso ham gravy goodness.
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bluejacket tater tots

Everything was phenomenal, but the chicken sandwich, tots, and pierogies were standouts.  We still dream about the mumbo sauce mentioned earlier.  It almost tasted like a thai chili glaze, but it was just the right amount of sweet.  The tots were SQUARES, which was totally unexpected…but totally delicious.  You obviously can’t go wrong with gravy and melted cheese, but we would’ve enjoyed the regular tots just as much.  The pierogies were cooked al dente, and each bite was buttery perfection at its best.  The leeks and mushrooms were a beautiful touch, and we can’t wait to go back and devour more!

bluejacket burgers

above:  burger goals || below:  grilled cheese goals

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bluejacket grilled cheese

Ermergerd, just look at this sandwich – doesn’t it look amazing?  This was definitely one of the best sammies we’ve ever had – a bold but VERY true claim.  If you live in the DMV, go ASAP and order this for yourself.  Your taste buds will seriously thank us.

bluejacket mumbo sauce

We didn’t think the meal could get any better…until dessert.  We got their signature sundae, and it was a total win.  Chef Marcelle Afram likes to feature seasonal flavors so the sundae’s always changing – this baby came with pumpkin + vanilla soft serve [cue the drool] and was topped with whipped cream, candied nuts, and caramel drizzle.

bluejacket desserts

What did you guys think of our Bluejacket shots? What looked the yummiest to you?





  1. Jennifer
    December 13, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    Great recommendation! I have to try this place out. 🙂

    • nomtasticfoods
      December 14, 2017 / 12:12 pm

      Thanks Jennifer =)

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