13 Things We’re Excited About for 2013: #10

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In the lead up to Opening Day at Nationals Park on April 1, we’re counting down 13 things we’re excited about on and off the field heading into the 2013 season. Be sure to check back each day as we add another item to the list and get one day closer to the return of baseball to Washington!

#10: New Ballpark Food

As much as any innovation in the game of baseball the past couple of decades, the improvement in quality and variety of ballpark food is right at the top. No longer content to serve up the simple hot dog, peanut and cracker jack diet of days or yore (not that there’s anything wrong with the classics), sporting events now feature gourmet cuisine of all styles. From garlic fries in San Francisco to cheese steaks from Tony Luke’s in Philadelphia, from fish tacos in San Diego, to Cincinnati’s famous Skyline Chili, it seems that each region of the country proudly displays its favorite local delicacy at the ballpark.

Of course, Nationals Park already features a plethora of dining options, a number of which we featured right here last year. But on top of Shake Shack, Ben’s Chili Bowl, and all your other favorites, there will be some new options along South Capitol this season.

For instance, be sure to check out the brand new Shawafel stand in section 104. While you’re there, try the Lebanese restaurant’s signature item – which makes sense, given the name – a shwarma/falafel combo sandwich. Papa John’s fans will be happy to know that they can now find the pizza maker at the ballpark. And for all you Red Porch lovers, make sure to check out the expanded menu, including Jumbo Lump Crab Cheese Fries.

And of course, many of your old favorites will be back as well. Explore the updated concessions list to see them all, and we’ll see you a week from Monday!


Any chance any of them will be reasonably priced? The price of non-alcoholic drinks is crazy….$4 for a bottle of water?

You know you can bring your own water into the park right…?

The Nationals should add Original Soul Wingz concession concept to the many menu options they already have. Original Soul Wingz offers such menu items as Fish & Chipz, Shrimp Basket, Original Soul Wingz and the best Honeybun Rum Cake on the Eastcoast just to name a few.

More healthy food options would be nice too. Go Nats!

A veggie dog. Finally.

DC Brau! or Port City! some kind of local beer, please!

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