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New Food Options Coming to Nationals Park

by Prince Of Petworth January 28, 2014 at 11:15 am 18 Comments

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“Broadening the range of flavor options, the Nationals and Levy Restaurants will introduce a variety of delicious new items, including hand rolled sushi, stir-fry to order noodles, house made jumbo lump crab cakes and new vegetarian and gluten-free options, like fresh salads, sandwiches, veggie burritos and more.”

  • Grand Funk

    We are going the way of SF’s AT&T park. Sushi? This isn’t baseball!

    • Anon

      + 1 Whatever happened to just plain ‘ol hot dogs? They’re so bad, but sooooooo good when eaten in front of a ballgame.

  • jes

    Several new options around the ballpark this year (Bluejacket, Nando’s, Osteria Morini, and Agua 301 are all new this season), and several more on the near-term horizon. Nats probably thought they needed to up their game to make people want to still eat in the park, so this move makes sense.

  • Truxton Thomas

    I’m going to pass on ballpark sushi.

  • Anonymous

    Nothing says food poisoning like ballpark sushi in the August heat.

    • Anonymous

      +1

  • mvs

    I’m fine with going the way of AT&T Park, as long as garlic fries are coming next!

    • Ben

      Any time the Nats play SF you can get Garlic Fries at the “Taste of the Majors” concession near Section 117.

      • mvs

        Good to know – Thanks! I’ll check them out when the Giants come to town in August.

  • Anonymous

    Meh, it’s still Levy. The higher-end stuff like the buffet in the Presidents Club can be pretty good, but the hot dogs at the average stand throughout the park are terrible sometimes, like they’ve been kept warm since the previous night’s game. Hopefully Hard Times is back, since it’s just about the only place to get a decent hot dog at Nationals Park. The full press release also mentioned that two more of the beer stands with local products will be opening, as well.

    • ledroittiger

      Can PoP post the full release?

      • “Washington Nationals Extend Long-Term Partnership with Levy Restaurants
        Renewal keeps the focus on fans with expanded menus, new collaborations with local purveyors and state-of-the-art digital menu boards

        Signaled by a multi-year agreement, the Washington Nationals and Levy Restaurants have extended their partnership and ongoing commitment to welcome and wow Nats fans with an unforgettable game day experience at Nationals Park. Levy has been the exclusive restaurant partner at the ballpark since 2009.

        “For the last five years, our collaboration with Levy Restaurants has resulted in a diverse selection of fantastic food options and outstanding hospitality,” said Alan H. Gottlieb, Lerner Sports Chief Operating Officer. “The availability of high quality food choices is essential to our guests, and Levy’s creativity and passion have helped create an unparalleled fan experience at Nationals Park. We look forward to continuing our partnership for seasons to come.”

        “The Nationals share our vision for creating an evolving, one-of-a-kind experience for fans,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “Chef-driven with an analytics-based approach, we push ourselves to innovate every aspect of the game day, from the ingredients we source, to the dishes they inspire and how we leverage technology to create a dynamic, high-touch experience for fans with.”

        With a commitment to regional business and sourcing the best ingredients available, the agreement will expand the ballpark’s Farm-to-Table program and introduce new collaborations with local restaurants and farmers to bring fresh meat, poultry and vegetables to guests throughout Nationals Park. Fan favorite spot, District Drafts, will have two new locations – creating a total of four locations around the park – and feature local taps from DC Brau, 3 Stars Brewing Company, Port City Brewing Company and more.

        Broadening the range of flavor options, the Nationals and Levy Restaurants will introduce a variety of delicious new items, including hand rolled sushi, stir-fry to order noodles, house made jumbo lump crab cakes and new vegetarian and gluten-free options, like fresh salads, sandwiches, veggie burritos and more.

        Leveraging a season-long study of fan behaviors, Levy and the Nationals targeted many stands around the park for redesign, adding points of service to get fans in and out of lines and back to the action quickly through faster purchase times and optimized event day flow. Fans will also enjoy new digital menu boards introduced throughout the ballpark for enhanced service and real-time information on offerings, promotions and more.”

  • Rich

    Too bad it still will be the Nationals.

    • dno

      Yeah, it really sucks to have one of the best pitching rotations and one of the most promising young hitters in all of baseball.

      • madmonk28

        Plus an exploding fan base, and a team that has gone from having one of the worst records in baseball to one that is in the hunt in just three years. But yeah, other than that, DC baseball is lackluster.

    • Derek

      My guess is that Rich is a Phillies fan who is delusional about his team’s chances this year.

  • rejamaphone

    There’s no [sushi] in baseball!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cx2Sps9aMcY

  • Chris

    What a waste. Invest in improving the ballpark basics. As someone else noted, the basic hot dogs they sell are some of the worst I’ve ever had in any stadium. And half the time I can’t find just a simple pretzel. Apparently pretzels don’t count as a Stadium Snack the way popcorn does since half the generic stands don’t seem to have them.

    Lukewarm, day old dogs in soggy buns from a heat drawer. Yup, that’s worth almost 6 dollars.

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