Spring, summer or fall, then baseball season is in full swing. The Washington Nationals’ stadium opened in March 2008 in southeast Washington, a half a block from the Navy Yard Green Line station. The modern sports facility captures amazing panoramic views of the Capitol riverfront and surrounding landmarks including the Capitol and the Washington Monument.
With drifting smells of various foods from over fifty concession stands, it’s hard not to give into temptation. No worries; over the last three years the park has come a long way to catering to the various dietary needs of their fans. There are ten stands with at least one vegetarian option. For those not concerned with healthy choices, feast on French fries, a slice of cheese or tomato and basil pizza, or a grilled cheese sandwich. Ben’s Chili Bowl, a local favorite restaurant since 1958 on U Street, had its first expansion at the National Park in 2008 and offers a delicious vegetarian chili. The falafel at the Kosher Grill is by far the best choice. The soft, chewy pita is stuffed with falafel, chopped tomatoes and cucumbers, lettuce, hummus and a spicy sauce if some kick is desired.
Dine guilt-free on various healthy options, including veggie burgers, veggie salads, hummus and pita chips, Cliff/Luna bars, or a grilled vegetable wrap. Taste, however, is hit or miss. The wrap, large enough to satisfy as a meal, is most times flavorful and delicious. However, on one occasion the wrap appeared to be several days old and was impossible to consume. If your server gives a blank stare in response to your order for a veggie burger, then run and make a different choice. Some staff have no clue on how to prepare and don’t allow enough time for the patty to completely cook.
In addition to high-priced soda and water, Various stands and restaurants also offer premium and to-shelf liquors, as well as domestic and local brews. After your meal there are several dessert options. Give into that sweet tooth with ice cream sundaes, frozen yogurt, gelato, candy, funnel cake, or cotton candy. Prefer salt? Try a soft pretzel or popcorn. For both sweet and salty, kettle corn may do the trick. And, of course, peanuts and Cracker Jack are always available. Play ball!
Note: Gluten-free options available.
Note: An absolute must when attending a Nationals game, keep your seat during the fourth inning to see the live Presidents Race between George, Abe, Tom, and everyone’s favorite, Teddy (10 feet tall costumed men with large caricature foam heads). Read here on the bios of each of the racing Presidents.
Washington Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St
Washington, District of Columbia 20003