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9 hours ago, rockcreek said:

I don't think it's team dependent - I was at the horror show that was the 4th of July Foo Fighters concert. Events DC did all these things within 2 hours of the gate opening:

- didn't take credit cards
- didn't tell anyone they didn't take credit cards
- didn't check to see if the ATMs were working. (They weren't)
- ran out of water. On July 4th. JULY FOURTH. SUMMER. AROUND HERE.
- ran out of food
- ran out of beer 
- ran out of soda

Events DC's management of the event was so spectacularly incompetent that I suspect the new stadium is a partial apology to the team for the awful treatment they've had to endure while being tenants at RFK. Those guys can go eat a bag and all deserve to be fired. 

IMP were running the concessions on the field and I had no problem getting food, beer or water all day. I did bring a lot of cash because I know all about RFK! :)

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Weird about not taking credit cards at the FF show, because they have been taking cards at RFK at United games for many years.

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4 hours ago, Kev29 said:

IMP were running the concessions on the field and I had no problem getting food, beer or water all day. I did bring a lot of cash because I know all about RFK! :)

I had the same experience, both on the field and on the concourse. I remember getting in was a little slow, but never had a problem getting beer, liquor, or water. And i don't usually carry cash but always bring some to events - i used both cash and card that day.

There was a weird portion in the middle where because of a thunderstorm, they paused the show and moved everyone to the covered stands. But they made the right call there. And to be fair to rockcreek, I didn't stay to the very end, so maybe things went sideways after I left.

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I had a seat all the way up in 402 today (actually a pretty good seat) and didn't want to go far for food. There was a Kapnos and also a Catchfly pretty much right behind us.  The line for Kapnos was much longer, so instead of going with lamb gyro I'd already sampled, I got the Nashville hot chicken sandwich at Catchfly.  The service there was quite bad. A bunch of people had ordered popcorn chicken and were having a hard time getting their orders. That held everything up.

The hot chicken was not all that spicy hot, but that was probably good being at the ballpark. My water bottle was almost empty and super hot would have been a problem. The sandwich was okay. It's also the worst item I've gotten from an Isabella stand.

 

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On 5/14/2016 at 9:06 AM, Lydia R said:

I have a new favorite!

While the dumplings at Pinch (at sec 302) are fresh and well-seasoned, plan to eat them at the nearby picnic tables because they do lose something when they travel (at least in the cold weather we have now). Pinch is much better run than the Isabella stands across the concourse. At a recent promotion for STH, the Isabella staff flunked line management; so I bailed. 

I've now had Haute Dog's tots with chili and their lamb sliders. The tots are hot & crispy and their chili beats Ben's* by a mile. My new favorite park food is the lamb sliders ($13 for two bigger than slider sandwiches) with juicy, griddled-to-order lamb patties, mint, diced onion, tomato, and savory seasonings. Because each is made-to-order, the sliders take six minutes to prepare and the freshness screams. 

Thank you, Morgan, for your kindness. I was your last customer yesterday.

At the previously known as Red Porch, the best of their all ABI line-up is (the recently ABI-acquired) Devil's Backbone Vienna Lager. Ole!

* Edit to add: before tonight's game, Dusty Baker escorted Viginia Ali to Home Plate so she could deliver the line-up card to the umpires. Guess he's a fan. Also, consider skipping the cheez sauce on the tots...

I was so excited to try the lamb sliders after your awesome recommendation.  Went to the game yesterday and unfortunately, they are no longer offered at Haute Dog.  Hopefully they'll be back.

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We went to the game on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, and, having "missed out" on getting the special tickets to the "Taste of the World" promotion (my wife wanted to get the salt and pepper shakers, for some unknown reason), we gave Haute Dogs a shot.  I am pretty sure that they had the lamb sliders that evening, but my wife homed in on the Chili Cheese Tots (she is really missing Hard Times) and I broke an at least decade-long abstinence from hot dogs, thinking that theirs would be worth it.

The tots themselves were good, and the chili is indeed better than Ben's by quite a bit, but not really all that good.  I think I read in one of the posts above a recommendation to skip/forego the cheese sauce.  It is pretty bland and gloppy (7-11 nacho cheese sauce consistency, maybe less flavor), but is probably needed to better glue the chili to the tots when eaten.  Possibly it would be best to ask them to reduce the amount put on an order (they do ladle on quite a bit of it).

On to the dog--I had the banh mi dog, which had some of the standard bahn mi toppings and a couple of squirts of sriracha sauce extending along the top.  The toppings were decent, and the bun was above average and definitely not a run-of-the-mill ballpark hot dog bun.  The hot dog itself was severely disappointing.  Very rubbery/flaccid and virtually without taste (and, no, not taste masked by the rather flavorful toppings).  Not at all what I expected from a place that supposedly serves gourmet hot dogs.  Will pass on these in the future.

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We sat in 131 for the Cardinals game a few weeks back.  BL-3rd grader had random hot dogs and then truly awful nachos from the Nacho stand right by our seats.  Mr. BLB and I had the Italian sub and the Chicken Parm sub from G Sandwiches.  The Chicken Parm was seriously overcooked and dry, dry, dry.  In contrast the Italian sub was drenched and dripping in mayo.  My teeth squeaked biting into it.  I'm not quite sure WHY i thought the chicken parm was a good idea in 100 degree heat. 

Mr. BLB spent a good inning mumbling about the fried bologna sandwich and the cruelty of the world.  BLB-3rd grader saw his first grand slam and his first Nats win (also his first Cardinals loss...)  We'll be heading up the Frederick Keys for the rest of the season though.

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On 6/16/2016 at 2:25 PM, bookluvingbabe said:

We sat in 131 for the Cardinals game a few weeks back.  BL-3rd grader had random hot dogs and then truly awful nachos from the Nacho stand right by our seats.  Mr. BLB and I had the Italian sub and the Chicken Parm sub from G Sandwiches.  The Chicken Parm was seriously overcooked and dry, dry, dry.  In contrast the Italian sub was drenched and dripping in mayo.  My teeth squeaked biting into it.  I'm not quite sure WHY i thought the chicken parm was a good idea in 100 degree heat. 

We had the same G Sandwiches on Monday and they were good that night - my chicken parm wasn't overcooked or dry, and my Mom really liked her Italian sub (though I don't know re the mayo).

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6 hours ago, DonRocks said:

It's the 7th inning, and Strasburg is working on a no-hitter against the Reds.

Edit: 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball (relievers still have the no-hitter in progress), and Strasburg is going to be 11-0 after today.

Went to the game with my daughter today. Lucked out and snagged incredible seats in 214, so I had a perfect view of the action. 

Stras certainly lacked some control, and his misses were consistently to the first base side of the plate. As a result, he threw a ton of pitches--at least 100 through the 6th. Even though there was little chance of a no-hitter, it was a lot of fun watching the team try to get him there.

5 home runs? Awesome.

Checked out two Isabella spots, and both produced winners. The cauliflower sandwich had sold out right before the game, but I returned later and snagged one for my daughter. (Note to Mike; it was not apparent that half of the sandwiches were not available.). In addition to the cauliflower, they offered a chicken parm, a roast beef, and one other option. Sadly, the Italian coldcut was not on the menu. At $12, the cauliflower sandwich is a great deal. 

I ventured up to 301 to check out Catchfly/Kapnos. It's an odd location, so the line was non-existent despite a 37k crowd. The Kapnos menu was uninspiring, so settled on Catchfly. The ridiculous price of $18 for what appeared to be four pork ribs made me move on to the Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, which was a relative bargain at $14. (A side of waffle fries was $7, but the indifferent service was included.). The chicken sandwich turned out to be quite tasty. The bun didn't quite hold up, but the flavor of the chicken was great. 

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Got the shawafel sandwich again today. The falafel wasn't as noticeable in the sandwich as in the past, but it was still a good sandwich. We were in 108 and I didn't want to be gone long. Haute Dogs next door had a long line. I walked right up to Shawafel. I was only out of my seat 1/2 inning.

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On 7/4/2016 at 3:26 PM, Pat said:

Got the shawafel sandwich again today. The falafel wasn't as noticeable in the sandwich as in the past, but it was still a good sandwich. We were in 108 and I didn't want to be gone long. Haute Dogs next door had a long line. I walked right up to Shawafel. I was only out of my seat 1/2 inning.

BECAUSE 'MERICA. :wacko:

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Down near sec 110 (might have been more like 112) last night, I got something I really liked from District Drafts but I can't recall which one it was. I think was DC Brau's El Hefe Speaks, but I'm not sure  The selection there was (mostly) stuff I hadn't come across there before, in any case.

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The lines were long everywhere except those italian sausage/brat stands. So I got a sausage with pepper and onions. When I got back to my seat, there was so much liquid from the veggies that the bun was impossible to pick up. Ate what remained with my bare freakin' hands. Lesson: check your food before you go back to your seat. 

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5 hours ago, jandres374 said:

Heading to a game this weekend. Any new/noteworthy beer options?

I don't recall what I had a few weeks ago, but it might have been a White Ghost from 3 stars. I'm happy with just about anything from that brewery.

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On 8/10/2016 at 11:29 AM, jandres374 said:

Heading to a game this weekend. Any new/noteworthy beer options?

You really do need to stick with the District Drafts stands, which have a nice variety of rotating local craft brews. Only Anheuser-Busch brands now in the Budweiser Brew House (what used to be called the Red Porch). The days of Dogfish Head and Flying Dog offerings are gone.

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3 hours ago, u-bet! said:

You really do need to stick with the District Drafts stands,

You can also get Atlas's 1500 at the Baseline Brew stands. It's very tasty and a dollar cheaper than the beer at District Drafts (which are also very nice).

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17 hours ago, u-bet! said:

You really do need to stick with the District Drafts stands, which have a nice variety of rotating local craft brews. Only Anheuser-Busch brands now in the Budweiser Brew House (what used to be called the Red Porch). The days of Dogfish Head and Flying Dog offerings are gone.

Actually you can still get some interesting regional beers at a few other stands. I like Baseline Brews behind section 133 - I've seen DC Brau, Atlas, Victory and other good stuff there. If you want Flying Dog, go up to the 223 area (near a District Drafts too) and there's a bar with 2 or 3 of their brews on tap. 

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16 hours ago, saf said:

You can also get Atlas's 1500 at the Baseline Brew stands. It's very tasty and a dollar cheaper than the beer at District Drafts (which are also very nice).

 

3 hours ago, Kev29 said:

Actually you can still get some interesting regional beers at a few other stands. I like Baseline Brews behind section 133 - I've seen DC Brau, Atlas, Victory and other good stuff there. If you want Flying Dog, go up to the 223 area (near a District Drafts too) and there's a bar with 2 or 3 of their brews on tap. 

Good information and good news! I was always used to going to the Red Porch for the interesting brews and assumed all of the "permanent" built-in stands would be strictly A-B at this point, so never bothered to check. I think I also remember spotting a roving vendor selling Flying Dog a couple of seasons ago, as is mentioned upthread. If any of them still do, I suppose finding them is catch-as-catch-can.

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4 minutes ago, u-bet! said:

Good information and good news! I was always used to going to the Red Porch for the interesting brews and assumed all of the "permanent" built-in stands would be strictly A-B at this point, so never bothered to check. I think I also remember spotting a roving vendor selling Flying Dog a couple of seasons ago, as is mentioned upthread. If any of them still do, I suppose finding them is catch-as-catch-can.

There's some roving Atlas 1500 lager cans too...

 

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The bar formerly known as Red Porch is good for air conditioning and bartenders Laura/Karen. Today, they had a Honeycrisp Apple Wheat beer from Shocktop that was light and refreshing (sweet too)! The rest of the tap line was the usual "brewed the hard way" ABI line-up. 

If you ask nice, the in-stand vendors have (or will bring) tallboy cans of Atlas/1500 or Port City/Optimal Wit. Since the beginning of the season they've openly carried Flying Dog/Snake Dog, but the others are more recent additions.

This may not be a representative sample, but  the District Drafts at Sec117 (DuJuan - attached beer list starts with Mad Fox) and Sec129 (Sharon - list starts with Heritage) tonight have: 

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Here are some updates for the last half of the regular season:

Sadly, according to a cashier, Haute Dogs isn't selling the Lamb Slider anymore because "not enough people ordered it." I still like their chili, but will wait until the heat wave's over to get more. 

During a previous home stand, I was in the Club level and eagerly tasted what turned out to be a freezer-burned, inedible Babka & ice cream sandwich and sat next to somebody trying to eat one of their soggy deli sandwiches. I hope their upcoming brick and mortar Chinatown location is able to focus on quality because I have no reason to return to On Rye's ballpark stand.

Last month, I shared an elevator with a gray-polo-shirted Shake Shack manager. Probably because I was carrying a Shake combo, they asked about my customer experience. They noted the NY-based managers have never left and are trying hard to maintain quality. They've gone so far as to bring line workers from NY to replace under-performing local hires. Because there are now three eCard registers, the line moves fast enough to be in my rotation. Their customer attentiveness and "sense of urgency" with keeping the lines moving are only matched by Max's. Oh, and their fries stayed crisp!

At least the "Mac Tonight" moon hanging from the construction crane behind left field isn't trying to send me subliminal messages anymore and has been dark the past few games. [After game update: the illuminated moon was switched back on and provided random color changes and strobes throughout the game. Thankfully, I don't feel compelled to go get a Big Mac.]

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Tonight, the Nationals hosted season ticket plan holders in the Club Level for a Hot Stove event. There's a great round-up on Let Teddy Win’s blog detailing special event dates, bobble heads, etc. Valerie Camillo, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, teased a few of the events, but noted there are no chias or gnomes giveaways this coming season. We also previewed upcoming TV spot that will begin airing after "the big game" ends the football season. 

This year, the Hot Stove was moved up a couple of weeks and held on a weeknight because the front office will be heading down I-95 to the new park at West Palm Beach for Spring Training.

There again was a promise to improve Wi-Fi coverage in the seats. This time, the effort will be in conjunction with “the League” and probably paired with the increased functionality of the At The Ballpark App (powered by T-Mobile). Valerie Camillo gamely described doubling Wi-Fi coverage by wiring the tops, bottoms, and centers of the seat sections. Someone just sent me the current BBWAA password, please.  

On 9/12/2014 at 9:25 AM, Lydia R said:

Note to the Nats front office: I'll know you're serious about the "status I deserve" when there's <snip> dependable WiFi that reaches down to my seats.

Here are some of the National's food and drink updates:

There will be some upgraded food items at existing stands (e.g., sausage burger, Chicken Fried Steak, and Change Up Chicken's marinated chicken skewers), but no new high-visibility, celebrity-run stands. The item that piques my interest is the CFS at the existing Virginia Kitchen Biscuit stand.

“Tots & Wings Project” will be where the Boardwalk Fries stand was located. The name for this stand is still in development. I don't see this "tot bar" as an incremental improvement because the Haute Dogs stand already serves tots. 

DMV Distillery: There will be stands serving liquor from MD/DC/VA on both the 1st and 3rd base sides. There were no specific distilleries listed. This has the potential to increase their visibility more than selling bottles at local farmers' markets. 

Devils Backbone Balcony: The Lime-A-Rita stand on the third base side is being replaced by the now ABI-owned brewery beer stand.

Goose Island area (3rd base side in old Sam Adams location) is being upgraded to be more like the Captain’s Cove bar on the first base side. It will still serve ABI's Goose Island, but will include mixed drinks as well.

A new Mojito cart will be in the Center Field Plaza.

Spiked Seltzer Water: Canned, fruity, low-carb, gluten-free, fizzy, 6% booze will be available throughout the Park. 

As an optimistic close, here's an image from @aNatsFan's Twitter feed of the bobble head being given away on 12 May. The Opening Day 8-Ball is in the background. C3DfIRFWQAEuISB.jpg

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8 hours ago, Lydia R said:

Chicken Fried Steak

pleasebeawesomepleasebeawesomepleasebeawesomepleasebeawesome

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Trea's bobblehead looks like he's reading a book.  "He gets there so fast, he has time to read a couple of pages before the next pitch." :wub:

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