The 2018 baseball season is here, and the hospitality team at Nationals Park is excited to share the new food and drink offerings it's created for attending fans. Those cut from the dining roster include all three restaurants associated with scandal-plagued restaurateur Mike Isabella, now-defunct push pop vendor On Rye, as well as regional producer Pinch Dumplings. New additions range from adult "juice boxes" filled with premium liquor to kebabs from around the world.
Here's a guide to all the food and drink at Nats Park, and where to find it:
Knotted Up (Sections 130 and 315) serves soft pretzels with assorted dipping sauces; opening selections include pub cheese, chipotle honey mustard, and cinnamon-brown sugar-cream cheese. Staff floated chocolate-dipped pretzels covered in peanuts as something that could appear in the future.
The Street Skewers stand (Section 113) is projected to serve assorted kebabs inspired by cuisine from around the world. Potential landing spots include Thai, Mexican, and Chinese food; staff says the plan is to rotate the menu every four to six weeks.
Initial offerings modeled after Greek food include meatballs made with beef, pork, and lamb, seasoned with garlic and mint, and drizzled with tangy tzatziki sauce; grilled chicken souvlaki with peppers and more tzatziki sauce; and a vegetarian selection combining halloumi cheese, onion, peppers, and squash.
The sausage stands sprinkled throughout Nats Park will now be supplied by Hyattsville-based Encore Sausage Company, while those in search of traditional franks will be served Nathan's Famous hot dogs.
A homegrown sandwich stand dubbed Italian Outpost is taking over the space vacated by outgoing Pinch Dumplings (Section 302). Italian Outpost is projected to serve meatball subs and hot beef sandwiches.
Meanwhile, the Old Hickory BBQ operation that started out last year inside the exclusive Northern Southern Club (Section 210), is expanding to the space formerly occupied by Mike Isabella's Kapnos at the Park, while house grill Change-Up Chicken slides in the space left behind by Isabella's Catchfly (both in Section 301).
Administrators say they have a replacement in mind for Isabella's G Sandwich stand (Section 136) but declined to share the details of the new addition ahead of opening day (Thursday, April 5).
Grab a drink
The newest addition to the beverage side is the adult "juice boxes" sold at District Coolers (Section 108).
The boozy drink pouches, sporting names such as electric lemonade and raspberry gin rickey, are $14 apiece and feature assorted name-brand liquors — "Our well vodka is Absolut," a Nationals hospitality director explained to Eater— and fruity mixers. Per staff, the juice boxes will eventually be sold by the mobile vendors who walk through each section as the season progresses.
Two District of Cocktails stands (Sections 112 and 135) will mix up specialty drinks made with spirits supplied by local producers including District Distilling Company, New Columbia Distillers, One Eight Distilling, and more.
And Devils Backbone Brewing Company is pouring its Earned Run Ale at the Devils Backbone Bar (Section 240).
The open-air section of the Budweiser Terrace (great for people watching) is right beside the Bud Light Loft (Section 243), which offers happy hour pricing — $5 Bud and Bud Light beers — on game days from the time the gates open until 30 minutes before the first pitch is thrown.
Other drinking destinations include: the Goose Island Pub (Section 113) and Homestead Pub within the Norfolk Southern Club.
Meanwhile, local chain Compass Coffee has been tapped to provide nitro-cold brew in Sections 142 and 216.
The Budweiser Brew House (Center Field Plaza) is serving specialty pizzas including one layered with zesty pepperoni and hot honey, as well as a Buffalo chicken-style pie.
The entire Danny Meyer family of restaurants remains on site: Shake Shack (gourmet burgers, concretes), Blue Smoke (traditional barbecue) and Box Frites (Belgian-style fries) all occupy Section 240, with satellite entity El Verano Taqueria (tacos, elote) located just down the concourse (Section 233).
Food vendors are sprinkled throughout Nats Park. Here are some of the highlights in each.
Main Concourse: Fill up on a hometown favorite, the iconic half-smoke, at Ben's Chili Bowl (Sections 110 and 141), sip on an adult beverage from Captain's Cove (Section 132), try a burger at Grand Slam Grill (Sections 110 and 141) or Georgetown Grill (Section 129), or see how the other half lives by sampling regional favorites from around the league at Taste of the Majors (Section 116).
Club Level: Drain the Swamp the right way by drinking locally produced brews at District Drafts (Section 223), eat futuristic ice cream at Dippin' Dots (Sections 201 and 227), savor Caribbean-style grilling at Jammin Island BBQ (Section 243), or feast on hearty brats at Senators Sausage (Section 224).
Gallery Level: grab soft pretzels and pretzel dogs at Hometown Pretzel (Section 319), chill out at Dolci Gelati (Section 307), drown things in nacho cheese at Dos Locas Nachos (Section 310), or get at sugar fix at Funnel Cakes (Section 317).
A list of all the ballpark dining options, last updated in 2017, is available here.