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Posted 08 September 2012 - 06:35 PM

The Chicago Dog, which was the series special at the "Taste of the Majors" stands during the Cubs series, was very good. Regular-size dog with chopped onion, tomato, sport peppers, neon relish, and celery salt on a poppy seed bun. Two for $10.00. The Pittsburgh Stuffed Sandwich being prepped on the grill while I waited looked damn good, too.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 11:56 AM

The only way to eat well at National's park is to buy the $150 to $170 Home Plate Box or PNC Diamond Club seats. Then you get unlimited free food delivered to your seats or you can go back into the PNC club and get a drink at the bar (decent selection of drafts) go through the buffet line (lots of salads, a carving station, dessert station) and bring the food back to your seat or eat it there in the air conditioning.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:02 PM

The only way to eat well at National's park is to buy the $150 to $170 Home Plate Box or PNC Diamond Club seats. Then you get unlimited free food delivered to your seats or you can go back into the PNC club and get a drink at the bar (decent selection of drafts) go through the buffet line (lots of salads, a carving station, dessert station) and bring the food back to your seat or eat it there in the air conditioning.


Friend, I've sat in the Lerner's box and didn't eat well. It's pretty much the same Dippin' Dots that everybody else gets, along with a little buffet.

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 03:33 PM

Friend, I've sat in the Lerner's box and didn't eat well. It's pretty much the same Dippin' Dots that everybody else gets, along with a little buffet.


The fried chicken was pretty good, and the roast beef from the carving station not bad at all. But what amazed me was how good the salads were. And of course I saw lots of folks pigging out on the chocolate desserts (personally, I liked the lemon bar better.)

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:05 PM

current list of concessions.  what is good?  Going to the Braves game this coming Friday night!

 

I'm interested in the following but can't eat them all, so looking for advice on what's not worth the stomach space.

 

Shawafel
Section 104
Features Shawarma and Falafel Sandwiches

 
Steak of the Union
Sections 117, 132
Features cheese steaks
 
Taste Of The Majors
Section 117
Includes a "taste" of various Major League Baseball teams
 
Blue Smoke
Section 238
Offers mouthwatering, authentic pit barbecue complemented by Southern fare from the regions that inspire our 'cue including St. Louis, Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina and Texas. Our in-park menu includes Kansas City Spare Ribs, Chipotle Chicken Wings, and Pulled Pork, Fried Chicken and Memphis-Style All-Beef Bologna Sandwiches
 
El Verano Taqueria
Section 240
A modern day taco stand that honors authentic Mexican flavors in dishes ranging from Corn Tacos and Folded Quesadillas with a choice of Barbacoa, Chicken Pipian, Carnitas or Vegetarian fillings, to Elote (corn on the cob), Chips & Fire-Roasted Salsa, Churros, and Margaritas!
 
Shake Shack 
Section 240
A modern day "roadside burger stand" serving the most delicious burgers, hot dogs, French fries, and frozen custard. Shake Shack's mission is to preserve the culinary traditions of classic American burger stands, while adding their own spin


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:52 PM

There's nothing exactly "mouth watering" about Blue Smokes's pulled pork sandwich.  It is certainly better than that cold hockey-puck of a hamburger I had a few years ago at RFK, but at $8+ that's not saying much.


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:26 PM

There's nothing exactly "mouth watering" about Blue Smokes's pulled pork sandwich.  It is certainly better than that cold hockey-puck of a hamburger I had a few years ago at RFK, but at $8+ that's not saying much.

 

The way the weather forcast is looking for Friday we will not have to worry about the sandwich providing the "watering"...



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 07:55 AM

The 3 best things I've had at Nationals Park are Ben's Original Half Smoke (all the way), Memphis-style bologna sandwich from Blue Smoke (kinda ashamed to admit this), and smoked turkey sandwich from Capital Carvery.  If I had to choose one of the 3, it would be the smoked turkey sandwich -- freshly carved turkey, moist and flavorful, worth the wait in line.

 

I've enjoyed the carnitas tacos from El Verano Taqueria, but be forewarned that their tacos, 3 to a serving, are miniscule. 



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 08:28 AM

The 3 best things I've had at Nationals Park are Ben's Original Half Smoke (all the way),

 

Have they improved? When I had one last year it was worse than what you get at Ben's - I honestly thought that it was impossible to get worse, but they nailed it.  The bun was stale, the sausage was overcooked and chewy, and the chili tasted like it came from a can, and not even on par with Hormel.  I still do not understand the facilitation with the sub-par food that Ben’s puts out.



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:39 AM

My go tos are the Bologna sandwich from Blue Smoke and the Hard Times Veggie Nachos.  I will eventually get to Shawafel but I love both of those other two things and kind of associate getting one or the other with a trip to the park now.  

 

Ben's at the park has always been a train wreck for me.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 09:53 AM

I really liked Shawafel when I tried them on opening day (posted elsewhere). $13 for the combo, which includes a huge sandwich and really good fries. Not cheap, but a relative value at the stadium.

 

El Verano was my go-to last year; carnitas or veggie. Tacos aren't huge, but the order of three was plenty for me. The Elote corn on the cob is good, too. 

 

They're not on your list, but Box Frites (with the bacon aioli), while a pricey indulgence, are pretty darn good.


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:06 AM

Fried Bologna Sandwich at Blue Smoke for the win. 


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Posted 09 April 2013 - 10:42 AM

Have they improved?

I can't really say, since I'm working from a sample size of 1. I enjoyed that lone encounter but don't know if it's repeatable. That's part of the risk with ballpark food. From one nosh to the next that pizza slice/hot dog/Italian sausage might be relatively fresh or it might have been deteriorating for a while. That's why I most enjoy the few 4pm games -- avoid the concessions and head up to 8th street for dinner afterward. 



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Posted 09 April 2013 - 11:09 AM

Hard Times Veggie Nachos

 

This.  I only eat Hard Times nachos or Frito pie these days at the stadium, Cincinnati chili.  The line, if there is one, moves super fast, the food is consistently good, and its one of the better deals price wise in the stadium.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 11:08 AM

Has anyone had the Senators Sausage?  I am intrigued.  What is it served with?

Also am wondering if Field of Greens (salads etc.) is any good.

 

Senators Sausage
Sections 108, 113, 134
Features a variety of Nick's premium sausages, including spicy Italian sausage, and bratwurst

 

El Verano is my go-to (even though it's far away from where we usually get seats).  3 carnitas tacos plus elote (corn on the cob, roasted, covered in spicy/creamy/cheesy topping, get plenty of napkins).  I want to try the chicken pipian b/c I am fond of pipian (pumpkin seed sauce), but suspect the carnitas will still be better.  The last time I had to ask for salsa, they didn't give it to me automatically, and I miss when they had several salsas to choose from - but the one they gave me was very tasty.

 

Blue Smoke's ribs are pretty good.

 

Good to know about Hard Times' line, it's closer to where we usually sit so I should go there sometime for Cincinnati chili.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:17 PM

The way the weather forcast is looking for Friday we will not have to worry about the sandwich providing the "watering"...

 

Friday night's looking good for getting sloshed and eating stadium junk food.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:35 PM

Has anyone had the Senators Sausage?  I am intrigued.  What is it served with?

Also am wondering if Field of Greens (salads etc.) is any good.

 

Senators Sausage
Sections 108, 113, 134
Features a variety of Nick's premium sausages, including spicy Italian sausage, and bratwurst

 

I've found Nick's sausages to be one of the better ballpark options.They offer to add sauteed green pepper and onion* if you want them; otherwise, it's just a grilled sausage on a large-sized hot dog roll. You can also add relish, ketchup, mustard, or raw onion at any of the ubiquitous condiment stations.

 

*I just edited this to remove "chopped", since I can't recall if the sauteed green pepper and onion are chopped or sliced.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

Thanks!  Will have to try that, sounds better to me than a hot dog, and the location is handy.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 08:09 PM

I've found Nick's sausages to be one of the better ballpark options.They offer to add sauteed chopped green pepper and onion if you want them; otherwise, it's just a grilled sausage on a large-sized hot dog roll. You can also add relish, ketchup, mustard, or raw onion at any of the ubiquitous condiment stations.

 

Thanks.  I noticed this place before going to Blue Smoke and put it on the list of possibles for the next game I have tickets for.



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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:43 PM

I really liked Shawafel when I tried them on opening day (posted elsewhere). $13 for the combo, which includes a huge sandwich and really good fries. Not cheap, but a relative value at the stadium.

Maybe they changed things?  I had the shawarma during the exhibition game, and it was pretty awful.  The whole sandwich was pulled from a heated box, so everything, including the cold elements, was warm, and the sandwich had an oddly sour quality to it.  I didn't eat more than a third of it.  And I wouldn't have called it large, either: definitely long, but it was roughly the size of a thick churro.

 

The Shawafel stand is right by my seats for the season, so I'll probably give it another shot, but it was not a positive first experience.



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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:10 PM

The shawafel was premade and not even warm when handed to us.  It still tasted pretty good, mostly because the falafel was crunchy and flavorful.  The barbacoa was better than carnitas at El Verano.  And the grilled bologna sandwich tasted like a slaw dog.  Ballpark peanuts beat them all.



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:25 PM

I've found Nick's sausages to be one of the better ballpark options.They offer to add sauteed green pepper and onion* if you want them; otherwise, it's just a grilled sausage on a large-sized hot dog roll. You can also add relish, ketchup, mustard, or raw onion at any of the ubiquitous condiment stations.

 

*I just edited this to remove "chopped", since I can't recall if the sauteed green pepper and onion are chopped or sliced.

 

They must have changed vendors; there was a "Hatfield" logo on the sign at the Senators Sausages stand I patronized last night. The sausage was also slightly smaller than I remember it from last time (shorter than the bun).

 

Papa John's is a definite upgrade over last year's pizza vendor, Flippin' Pizza. I had a slice of cheese pizza which was hot, fresh, and humongous.   



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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:45 PM

Mr. lperry gives two thumbs up to the jerk chicken.  We were there early (bobblehead day) and he got a plate just as they pulled it off the grill.  He was making happy noises for the next twenty minutes or so.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:36 PM

Papa John's is a definite upgrade over last year's pizza vendor, Flippin' Pizza. I had a slice of cheese pizza which was hot, fresh, and humongous.   

 

Boy, I hope that's just because Flippin' Pizza is bad at ballpark stands, because the only pizza that Papa John's would be better than is Dominos and Pizza Hut. Flippin's retail stores are actually pretty good, and Papa John's retail stores are good for, well, feeding teenage boys lots of pizza for not a lot of money because they don't know the difference.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:34 AM

Boy, I hope that's just because Flippin' Pizza is bad at ballpark stands, because the only pizza that Papa John's would be better than is Dominos and Pizza Hut. Flippin's retail stores are actually pretty good, and Papa John's retail stores are good for, well, feeding teenage boys lots of pizza for not a lot of money because they don't know the difference.

 

Flippin' is the next generation of zPizza - a chain from another area moving into DC with false promises of high quality. Although I can't say that Papa John's is a definite upgrade, it doesn't surprise me that someone else did.


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Posted 14 April 2013 - 09:38 AM

I agree that Flippin is a chain from outside the DC area, but I think there IS a huge quality difference between them and Papa John's.

But again, I'm conparing the retail stores in MoCo, not the ballpark stands. I've not had Flippin in the park, but the PJ's goes from bad (retail) to inedible (RFK) IMO.

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Posted 14 April 2013 - 10:32 AM

I agree that Flippin is a chain from outside the DC area, but I think there IS a huge quality difference between them and Papa John's.

But again, I'm conparing the retail stores in MoCo, not the ballpark stands. I've not had Flippin in the park, but the PJ's goes from bad (retail) to inedible (RFK) IMO.

 

I know! You just said all this above.


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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:09 PM

I agree that Flippin is a chain from outside the DC area, but I think there IS a huge quality difference between them and Papa John's.

But again, I'm conparing the retail stores in MoCo, not the ballpark stands. I've not had Flippin in the park, but the PJ's goes from bad (retail) to inedible (RFK) IMO.

 

I can't speak to the quality in the park this year, because I rarely eat pizza at a game, but the couple of times I had Flippin' at the park, it was truly awful.  They had no concept of how to take the process from the store and translate it to the ballpark.

 

For that reason, I would assume Papa John's would end up being better.  Even if you don't like their product as much (I think it's fine for what it is), they have more experience in getting their product served in a mass setting like a ballpark.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:18 PM

They must have changed vendors; there was a "Hatfield" logo on the sign at the Senators Sausages stand I patronized last night. The sausage was also slightly smaller than I remember it from last time (shorter than the bun).

Hatfield and Nick's Sausage are both brands under the same company, so unless the Nats dropping Kayem for Hatfield for their hot dog contract (which I doubt), it's probably the same brand of sausage, with different branding made more prominent.

 

That's what I'd hope, at least - Nick's is the "premium" sausage option in the Clemens line, so to switch off Nick's to Hatfield would be fairly counterintuitive.



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Posted 14 April 2013 - 02:19 PM

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:05 PM

Mr. lperry gives two thumbs up to the jerk chicken.  We were there early (bobblehead day) and he got a plate just as they pulled it off the grill.  He was making happy noises for the next twenty minutes or so.

 

Oh, good!  I will get that next time.  I forewent the trek to the taqueria this time and regretted it -- stood in line for sausage only to find that they were out of everything but jalapeno sausage, then went to Hard Times where they got my order wrong, I forgot some things, they gave me giant drinks when I didn't request them (and the exceptionally helpful cashier suggested I could go back and ask for the smaller size instead - I was juggling too much and got flustered and didn't think of it - then she helped me carry my stuff, thank you miss!).  They used to have some standing tables that you could eat at, not far from Hard Times, but now they're all gone,  and I found that chili was tricky to eat down in our seats (i.e. I dropped everything but the chili -- at least the cornbread and water didn't make a big mess like the chili would have). I think I'll stick to the tacos (easier to carry b/c it all fit in the tray better, and they sold bottles of drinks which were easier to carry), and/or try the jerk chicken.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:18 PM

Shake Shack was fantastic at the exhibition game before the season started.  The wait wasn't unbearable, maybe 15-20 minutes.  



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:42 PM

Shake Shack was fantastic at the exhibition game before the season started.  The wait wasn't unbearable, maybe 15-20 minutes.  

 

How is missing an entire inning of a 9-inning game not unbearable?


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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:10 PM

How is missing an entire inning of a 9-inning game not unbearable?

 

Most don't care about the game. From games that I have attended, there are a large number of folks that don't mind missing an inning or two to get food, beer, or whatever they are doing as they move in and out of the row.



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 02:30 PM

How is missing an entire inning of a 9-inning game not unbearable?

 

I think Steve and I left the stadium after the 6th inning on Friday night, after we've pigged out and had several beers.  On our way out, the Braves hit their first homer.  They would subsequently tie the game and win it in extra innings.  It's too early in the season to care about the game.  If I really want to watch the game, I'd watch it on TV.  I never did see the replay of the Braves at bat that was ruled a double (ground rule double).....if I cared, I would've been pissed (I'm a Braves fan).



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Posted 16 April 2013 - 04:57 PM

I think Steve and I left the stadium after the 6th inning on Friday night, after we've pigged out and had several beers.  On our way out, the Braves hit their first homer.  They would subsequently tie the game and win it in extra innings.  It's too early in the season to care about the game.  If I really want to watch the game, I'd watch it on TV.  I never did see the replay of the Braves at bat that was ruled a double (ground rule double).....if I cared, I would've been pissed (I'm a Braves fan).

 

Wins count the same early in the season as they do late in the season.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:02 AM

Wow, a couple of true baseball fans in here! Haha.  Also, what about 15-20 minutes equated to missing the entire game?  I'm also not a "Nat's fan" and I had never been to any Shake Shack before.    

 

Get there early, get some Shake Shack and you'll be satisfied for the rest of the game.  

 

*** "Nat's fans" (noun) natz fan: Being of the type that bought a National's hat in August 2012 and cheered until they fell apart in the playoffs.  



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:07 AM

Wins count the same early in the season as they do late in the season.

Mathematically but not emotionally.  When the Braves lost the play-in game last year (to the Cards), I'm pretty sure most people didn't moan about an earlier loss in the season.  Instead, I remember Chipper booting a grounder that contributed to his own early retirement.


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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:20 AM

Our favorite at the park is Max's without much of a contest though, at a recent game (I think White Sox), the wings at Hard Times were respectable.  The hot dogs at Max's are better.  They have kraut.  The shwarmas are fresh and well made.

 

As for fan worthiness, wait for them to fall below .500 and then see what happens with attendance and ticket pricing on the secondary markets.  Hopefully won't happen but, current course and speed...

 

Oh well, it can't ever get back to what it was in 2006-2010.  Fun fact: excepting only 2005 when the Nationals first played in DC, and even including last year's successful 2012 season, National's total attendance has always been below the NL average. Maybe that's why we don't get better food options.



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Posted 17 April 2013 - 09:48 PM

Our favorite at the park is Max's

 

Will have to try that. We've had a 20 game package since 2005 and so have gotten very tired of all the options. And the prices.

 

We take food a lot. When I worked at AU, Vace was on the way to the park. We often had subs for dinner at the game. Wish I could still do that! Now it's random sandwiches from other places. For Sunday games we go to breakfast before we go. We also bring water, pistachios, and peanuts. Sometimes I make caramel corn too. Still have to buy beer and ice cream there though.

 

One of our group really likes the nachos from Hard Times. They are ok IMO, but get soggy too quickly.

 

I wish that fried dough and sugar waffles were available.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 09:47 AM

I have to say that the beer selection at Shake Shack was deplorable.  Miller Light or Killians.  I can't stress this enough that KILLIANS WAS LABELLED A PREMIUM BEER. P R E M I U M !!!

 

Is there any craft beer in the park?  Even a decent pale ale would suffice.  I would even drink Sierra Nevada. 



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

Is there any craft beer in the park?  Even a decent pale ale would suffice.  I would even drink Sierra Nevada. 

 

Yes. Here's the craft beer status:

 

http://www.dcbeer.co...tionals-stadium

 

In the stadium your best bet for craft beer is the Red Porch restaurant in center field (Section 100), conveniently located for the majority of fans who enter through the center field gates. IPAs currently dominate the taps, which include Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA, as well as Flying Dog Snake Dog. Flying Dog's Under Dog, a hoppy lager, is also on tap, as is Dogfish's Indian Brown Ale. If hops aren't your thing, Starr Hill's German-style lager, Jomo, is there as well. The Nationals have contracted with Premium Distributors of Washington, DC, so look for Ommegang and Heavy Seas, among others, in this space during the season. You do not need a ticket for this area to enter the Red Porch. Walk in, buy your beer, and walk out...

 

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There's also the Sam Adams bar behind section 111 on the third base side. They had Boston Lager and Summer Ale on tap as of Friday afternoon - and Angry Orchard cider. They'll probably keep those three all season. Last year they had another seasonal tap with Tasmin Red for a couple months - smaller pour and more expensive. Nothing too exciting but the kegs are fresh and the ladies who serve there are super nice.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 11:53 AM

I wish that fried dough and sugar waffles were available.

There's a fried dough stand on the upper concourse, around 310 if I recall.  It was doing brisk business last weekend.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 02:51 PM

There's a fried dough stand on the upper concourse, around 310 if I recall.  It was doing brisk business last weekend.

 

Really?  A portable one or a permanent one?

 

Our seats are in 308. I was there last Sunday. I did not see this. I have never seen this. I need to see (and try) this. I shall be looking for it, and will take any hints on what it is called.

 

ETA: You don't mean the funnel cake folks, do you? I like some funnel cake, but that is not fried dough. Also, they are not very good funnel cakes, IMO. I am wishing for the fried dough that is yeast dough, stretched out, deep fried, and served with cinnamon and sugar. And while I'm at it, in case someone knows where I can get sugar waffles (without making them myself), this is what I mean by sugar waffle.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:14 AM

Yes. Here's the craft beer status:

 

http://www.dcbeer.co...tionals-stadium

 

 

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There's also the Sam Adams bar behind section 111 on the third base side. They had Boston Lager and Summer Ale on tap as of Friday afternoon - and Angry Orchard cider. They'll probably keep those three all season. Last year they had another seasonal tap with Tasmin Red for a couple months - smaller pour and more expensive. Nothing too exciting but the kegs are fresh and the ladies who serve there are super nice.

Those super nice ladies offer me a smile and a Summer Ale as my first stop after fighting traffic to the ballpark more than 70 times a season.  Last season they switched from Summer Ale to Octoberfest in September.  The stand is oriented to people walking from third base side so casual folks walking in from Center Field gates walk right past.

 

Between innings I can make it to the Baseline Brews near Section 136 and purchase a draft Sierra Nevada and be back to my seat without missing any game action.  The lady who serves on the far right is the quickest.

 

I do wish that Nationals Park had the sort of local "craft" beer selection that Oriole Park has.  Oriole Park has a Heavy Seas stand in the 300 section on the third base side that has four rotating taps.  The Red Porch is a hike from my seat and is often crowded before games.



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:33 AM

Really?  A portable one or a permanent one?

 

Our seats are in 308. I was there last Sunday. I did not see this. I have never seen this. I need to see (and try) this. I shall be looking for it, and will take any hints on what it is called.

 

ETA: You don't mean the funnel cake folks, do you? I like some funnel cake, but that is not fried dough. Also, they are not very good funnel cakes, IMO. I am wishing for the fried dough that is yeast dough, stretched out, deep fried, and served with cinnamon and sugar. And while I'm at it, in case someone knows where I can get sugar waffles (without making them myself), this is what I mean by sugar waffle.

Oh, it's the funnel cake place.  Funnel cake = fried dough to me.  I'm not enough of an expert to recognize the difference :)


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:39 AM

I do wish that Nationals Park had the sort of local "craft" beer selection that Oriole Park has.  Oriole Park has a Heavy Seas stand in the 300 section on the third base side that has four rotating taps.  The Red Porch is a hike from my seat and is often crowded before games.

The Red Porch has had Heavy Seas selections in the past; I would not be surprised to see them pop up somewhere else in the stadium based on the dcbeer post.

 

The reason for lack of local beers is because none of them are part of the Premium Distributors portfolio.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:37 AM

Oh, it's the funnel cake place.

 

Oh well.  Thank you for trying!

 

(For good ballpark funnel cakes, go see the Potomac Nationals in Woodbridge,)


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Posted 22 April 2013 - 09:18 PM

Perhaps I should have consulted the concession map before I bought our tickets for Wed.  I will have to navigate the little guy past cotton candy, gelato and dipping dots. 

 

I'm not going to stress about missing part of or even a whole inning for an outing to Shake Shack or Blue Smoke.  We had season tickets in 05 and partial package in 06.  As much as I love baseball (and there were bobbleheads of Fredbird and Mr. Met at my wedding...), I don't want to be so invested in the game that we miss the experience.  We'll record it so we can watch the highlights later.

 

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 12:51 AM

Perhaps I should have consulted the concession map before I bought our tickets for Wed.  I will have to navigate the little guy past cotton candy, gelato and dipping dots. 
 
I'm not going to stress about missing part of or even a whole inning for an outing to Shake Shack or Blue Smoke.  We had season tickets in 05 and partial package in 06.  As much as I love baseball (and there were bobbleheads of Fredbird and Mr. Met at my wedding...), I don't want to be so invested in the game that we miss the experience.  We'll record it so we can watch the highlights later.
 
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Well, when I was a "little guy" the "experience" was the actual game, at RFK Stadium, nee (can not figure out how to get the accent aigu) DC Stadium (not quite old enough to claim to have been at Griffith Stadium).  We would maybe get a hot dog, or peanuts, or, heaven forbid, something resembling fresh-spun cotton candy, from the vendors that would come down the aisles.  Your desire to stand in a line at Shake Shack or whereever while missing potentially significant action, along with 25,000 others like you (and, believe it or not, this is not a personal attack on you) makes me wonder if this will ever (or ever again) be a real baseball town.  I guess I am officially an old curmudgeon for raising this issue.  At least you are a Cards' fan, which gives me hope for Nats' fans everywhere.  I also guess that I am very thankful that my college-aged son appreciates the game like I do, and is not in it for the "experience" that you infer.   I realize, of course, that he may have to veer in that direction if he is ever to get a real date.  Oh, the irony...(Don, non-food rant, please delete if you find in inappropriate.)







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