Triple Double opens across from Kings arena site

Pair oysters with basketball at the new Triple Double Sports Bar and Grill, which quietly opened Monday.

Located in the former Zokku space (419 J Street), Triple Double still feels more like a nightclub than anything else. The space is huge, with a large bar and still-under-construction upstairs intended for private events but certainly looks more suited for dance parties. That section is expected to open next month.

Alas, this is a sports bar, evidenced by brightly colored murals of athletes, an abundance of flat screen televisions and its location across from the future Kings arena. But it’s also a restaurant taking itself seriously with cloth napkins and lemongrass-scented mussels.

Small plates, salads and sandwiches hover around $9; the most expensive entree—pulled pork-stuffed hush puppies with braised greens, slaw and cracklins—costs $22. Southern influences dot the menu: pork cheeks come braised over grits; fried brussel sprouts over Pimento cheese; Caprese salad with fried green tomatoes; and a shrimp po’boy with creole remoulade. Dessert options include deep fried Oreos stuffed with foie gras. The chef and ownership team have roots in New Orleans, but don’t expect to see any gumbo or crawfish etouffee—yet, anyway.

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