Going Local at Nats Stadium

Options Abound for #eatlocal Lovers

by AJ Dronkers, Edible DC

 Behind the scenes tour of the Nationals Park. (Photo by AJ Dronkers)

Behind the scenes tour of the Nationals Park. (Photo by AJ Dronkers)

One of our favorite things besides watching Bryce Harper is digging in to all the local food and drink options at Nationals Stadium. Team EdibleDC got a behind the scenes look at some of this years lineup--for food and drink that is--and here's our guide on how to eat like a local rock star. 

First tip, check out the Nationals new app -- which is thrilling in that you can order concessions for express pickup. (Read: skip the long lines!) Search for the MLB ballpark app and download it, then pick the Nationals as your team.

Second tip, a leisurely walk along the main concourse will let you hit a majority of the local hot spots. 

On a recent tour we sampled a variety of fun cocktails featuring DMV based distillers such as District Distilling, Blackwater Distilling, GreenHat and many others. (Available in Sections 112 & 135)

 DMV based distilleries offered throughout the park. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Nationals)

DMV based distilleries offered throughout the park. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Nationals)

But we'll be honest. Our favorite thing is the Babka Ice Cream sandwich cart from newish downtown DC deli, On Rye, near section 114 -- think a sweet yeast cake bread with ice cream wedged between. Trust us, it's a far cry from Crackerjack, but you need this in your life at the ballgame.

 On Rye Babka Ice Cream sandwiches. (Photo by AJ Dronkers)

On Rye Babka Ice Cream sandwiches. (Photo by AJ Dronkers)

DC legend and tourist favorite, Ben's Chili Bowl is available again this year. Look for it near sections 110, 141, and 317.

Virginia based brewery Devils Backbone opened Left Field Lodge at Section 301 and will serve a beer exclusively made for the Nats, ERA (Earned Rule Ale).

 The new Devils Backbone Earned Run Ale. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Nationals)

The new Devils Backbone Earned Run Ale. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Nationals)

Want more local beer? Get your favorites at District Drafts carts in Sections 119, 129, and 139 including: DC Brau, Port City, 3 Stars, Mad Fox and Atlas Brew Works. There will also be other rotating beers like Right Proper Brewing this Spring. 

For more information check out the Nationals Park Concessions Guide online


AJ Dronkers is the Associate Publisher and Digital Editor for EdibleDC Magazine. When he's not eating and drinking he's usually making up for it at spin. @aj_dc