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New Del Ray Seafood Joint Opens This Week With Crab Fat Butter Biscuits

Catch on the Ave. will showcase plenty of Asian influences

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Catch on the Ave. is expected to open on Wednesday, December 19.
Catch on the Ave./official photo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Del Ray will get a new option for fresh-caught seafood and craft cocktails when Catch On The Ave. arrives this week in the Alexandria suburb. The new restaurant from Common Plate Hospitality is expected to open Wednesday, December 19, at 2419 Mount Vernon Avenue.

Chef Eric Reid, formerly at now-shuttered Reserve in D.C., also runs the kitchen at months-old sister spot Augie’s Mussel House nearby. His opening lineup at Catch features an Asian bent, with a whole rainbow trout in ginger and scallion sauce, shrimp po’ boy sandwiches with shaved napa cabbage, and jackfruit lettuce wraps.

Entrees such as beer-battered fish and chips or pecan-crusted mahi mahi hew closer to classics. Brunch, which joins lunch and dinner out of the gate, will feature tuna ribs, barbecue octopus, and buttermilk biscuits with crab fat butter.

The family-friendly eatery will also serve a “Build Your Own Bento” kid’s menu featuring an edamame starter with a choice of protein and three sides.

Here’s a look at the opening dinner menu:

Hours will be Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to midnight, and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to midnight.

Alexandria natives Chad Sparrow, Justin Sparrow, and Larry Walston opened Mason Social nearby in 2015, and this year marked an expansion binge for the neighborhood restaurant group. Augie’s Mussel House opened this summer. Later this winter, the group plans to open Urbano 116, a traditional Mexican restaurant helmed by award-winning chef and Noma alum Alam Méndez Florián of Mexico City.

Catch on the Ave. will serve lots of local sprits and beers behind the bar.
Catch on the Ave./official photo
Catch on the Ave., which features pops of red and reclaimed wood walls, has 100 seats inside and 20 seats outside.
Catch on the Ave./official photo
Sandwiches ($12-$16) include the hot catfish with crawfish-corn remoulade, andouille, and shredded lettuce.
Catch on the Ave./official photo
Entrees ($16-$27) include sauteed sea scallops with root vegetable hash, trumpet mushrooms, and whipped carrots.
Catch on the Ave./official photo
Cocktails ($8-$14) include “Why is all the Rum Gone?” with Sailor Jerry’s, lemon lavender syrup, lemon juice, and angostura bitters.
Catch on the Ave./official photo