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Best Stadium Food In DC

September 12, 2012 6:00 AM

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Washingtonians love their sports and the food that goes with them, and busy lifestyles and lots of traffic make eating at the stadium a must in this busy city. If you’re heading out to a Redskins, D.C. United or Nationals’ game and you’re looking for something different than burgers, fries or chicken fingers, these are the must eats at D.C.’s most popular stadiums.

Redskins’ FedEx Field
1600 FedEx Way
Landover, MD 20785
(301) 276-6000
redskins.com

Redskins football is such a popular D.C. past time that tickets are sold as season tickets only. While many Washingtonians tailgate in the parking lots, there are several options for football fans to chow down in the stadium. The best quick, delicious meal is the grilled sausage with peppers and onions. That smoky flavor of the grill soaked up by a large roll makes the grilled sausage so irresistible that there’s usually a line after the start of the game. A tried and true favorite of families is the Johnny Rockets, its signature burgers and fries are only made more perfect with a huge milkshake.

DC’s United RFK Stadium
2400 E. Capitol St. Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 587-5000
dcunited.com

Let’s face it, a solid portion of the soccer fans in the world are from Latin-based cultures, so it’s no surprise you’ll find a ton of Latin and South American foods at D.C. United’s home stadium: RFK. Enjoy the typical burritos and quesadillas, but then RFK takes it a step further offering carne asada, pupusas, rice and beans, plantai and even yucca fries. For dessert, there’s always ice cream, but if you want something different, grab a churros for a delicious cinnamon donut with a caramel filling.

Related: Best Burritos In D.C.

Nationals Park
1500 S. Capitol St. Southeast
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 675-6287
washington.nationals.mlb.com

When the Washington Nationals began building their own stadium in 2006, developers wanted Nationals Park to be representative of D.C. itself. As such, they invited some of the district’s most well-known restaurants to join them, which is why Nationals Park is best known for its restaurants in the park. The most natural choice was Ben’s Chili Bowl, a D.C. institution that opened its doors in the summer of 1958 and played an important role as a landmark through the good and the bad of D.C.’s history. Famous for its half smokes topped with chili, its chili dogs, chili cheese fries and bowls of chili are a beloved D.C. craving. Another place to head when you want some of DC’s favorite wings and chili is to the Hard Times Café stand. With specialty diets in mind, Nats Park offers healthy, gluten free and vegetarian options as well. Gluten free options await at the Gluten Free stand at section 136, which includes park favorites such as pretzels, hot dogs and beer, as well as candies and desserts. The healthy options include veggie burgers, salads, wraps and flatbreads. Vegetarians have lots of options including chili, fries, veggie burgers, flat bread, tacos, salads and even sushi rolls.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit
bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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