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Where To Look For Shad and Shad Roe in D.C. This Season

The regional fish has an extremely short season, so here's where to look for shad on special.

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For those unfamiliar with shad, it's a bony saltwater fish that swims from saltwater to Northern freshwater to spawn. Shad migrate in the spring and they are only available in local restaurants while they are in season.

Here's a list of restaurants that plan to serve shad dishes when they can get their hands on it, as well as their current shad status. But be sure to call ahead since shipments are unpredictable. Additional chefs who plan on serving shad this season should send an email to dc@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Restaurant Eve

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110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 706-0450
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At Restaurant Eve, chef Cathal Armstrong will have shad on the menu as soon as he sees it on the market. The plan is to serve it either with carrots and bacon or with asparagus. STATUS: Timeline unknown, as soon as it's available.

2. BlackSalt

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4883 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 342-9101
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Look for shad at BlackSalt’s fish market. It's also available on special in the dining room as well as a market item, since dining guests can order anything from the fish market and the chef will prepare it. Shad at BlackSalt is usually served with a warm sherry bacon vinaigrette, a seasonal vegetable and potatoes. STATUS: Available now, call ahead to confirm.

3. Birch & Barley

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 567-2576
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Chef Kyle Bailey is going to be doing a crab sabayon with roasted shad roe and sherry at Birch & Barley. STATUS: Will be available in the next few weeks.

4. Bluejacket Brewery

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300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 524-4862
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Bailey also plans to serve shad roe at the Arsenal. He plans to offer seared shad roe with bacon, lemon and escarole. Both Birch & Barley and the Arsenal dishes should be on the menu soon. STATUS: Will be available in the next few weeks.

5. Iron Gate

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1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 737-1371
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Mark your calendars for chef Anthony Chittum’s shad roe dish. He plans to serve a "taramasalata" of local shad roe, shaved radish, pickled mustard seeds on the outdoor menu and a bacon wrapped shad roe, smoked shad & polenta tortellini, brown butter, sweet potato mostarda on his Chef's Tasting Menu at Iron Gate. Chittum will be using local Virginia shad roe, which is tentatively available in April. STATUS: Estimated April availability.

6. Et Voila!

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5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 237-2300
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Et Voila plans to serve shad roe cooked meuniere with a red wine sauce, along with pomme dauphine and roasted green swiss chard. STATUS: Available, call to confirm.

7. Station 4

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1101 4th St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 488-0987
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Station 4 will also offer shad roe on their menu for two weeks starting April 1, and chef Orlando Amaro plans to serve spaghetti with shad roe bottarga. Dried shad roe, lemon zest, garlic, red crushed pepper and extra virgin olive oil make up the dish. STATUS: Available April 1 to 15.

8. River Bend Bistro

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7966 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA 22308
(703) 347-7545
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At River Bend Bistro, chef Carolyn Ross is serving dishes like smoked shad rillette and shad roe sauteed with lemon caper butter. STATUS: Available now, call to confirm.

9. Bistro Bis

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15 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 661-2700
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When shad roe is available in the market at Bistro Bis, the Capitol Hill restaurant plans to offer it as a special. Look out for L'Oeufs d'Alose Ardennaise or sautéed shad roe with capers, lemon, proscuitto, parsley, brown butter and celery root purée. STATUS: Available now, call to confirm.

1. Restaurant Eve

110 S Pitt St, Alexandria, VA 22314
At Restaurant Eve, chef Cathal Armstrong will have shad on the menu as soon as he sees it on the market. The plan is to serve it either with carrots and bacon or with asparagus. STATUS: Timeline unknown, as soon as it's available.
110 S Pitt St
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. BlackSalt

4883 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Look for shad at BlackSalt’s fish market. It's also available on special in the dining room as well as a market item, since dining guests can order anything from the fish market and the chef will prepare it. Shad at BlackSalt is usually served with a warm sherry bacon vinaigrette, a seasonal vegetable and potatoes. STATUS: Available now, call ahead to confirm.
4883 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

3. Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Chef Kyle Bailey is going to be doing a crab sabayon with roasted shad roe and sherry at Birch & Barley. STATUS: Will be available in the next few weeks.
1337 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

4. Bluejacket Brewery

300 Tingey St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Bailey also plans to serve shad roe at the Arsenal. He plans to offer seared shad roe with bacon, lemon and escarole. Both Birch & Barley and the Arsenal dishes should be on the menu soon. STATUS: Will be available in the next few weeks.
300 Tingey St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

5. Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Mark your calendars for chef Anthony Chittum’s shad roe dish. He plans to serve a "taramasalata" of local shad roe, shaved radish, pickled mustard seeds on the outdoor menu and a bacon wrapped shad roe, smoked shad & polenta tortellini, brown butter, sweet potato mostarda on his Chef's Tasting Menu at Iron Gate. Chittum will be using local Virginia shad roe, which is tentatively available in April. STATUS: Estimated April availability.
1734 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

6. Et Voila!

5120 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Et Voila plans to serve shad roe cooked meuniere with a red wine sauce, along with pomme dauphine and roasted green swiss chard. STATUS: Available, call to confirm.
5120 MacArthur Blvd NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

7. Station 4

1101 4th St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024
Station 4 will also offer shad roe on their menu for two weeks starting April 1, and chef Orlando Amaro plans to serve spaghetti with shad roe bottarga. Dried shad roe, lemon zest, garlic, red crushed pepper and extra virgin olive oil make up the dish. STATUS: Available April 1 to 15.
1101 4th St SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

8. River Bend Bistro

7966 Fort Hunt Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308
At River Bend Bistro, chef Carolyn Ross is serving dishes like smoked shad rillette and shad roe sauteed with lemon caper butter. STATUS: Available now, call to confirm.
7966 Fort Hunt Rd
Alexandria, VA 22308

9. Bistro Bis

15 E St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
When shad roe is available in the market at Bistro Bis, the Capitol Hill restaurant plans to offer it as a special. Look out for L'Oeufs d'Alose Ardennaise or sautéed shad roe with capers, lemon, proscuitto, parsley, brown butter and celery root purée. STATUS: Available now, call to confirm.
15 E St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

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