(Marvin Joseph - TWP.)

Our first update concerns the Red Porch, and a brand-new menu item that will get lots of attention from media and fans: The StrasBurger. Via my favorite friends in Nats PR:

Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our secret sauce, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips and served with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a pitcher of your choice of soft drink. This signature dish is the perfect entrée to share at this affordably-priced family restaurant.

In case you missed the key phrase, this burger WEIGHS EIGHT POUNDS TOTAL, which is a lot of pounds. Even if some of them are onion pounds. Every TV station in this market will have hosts merrily attempting to grapple with the StrasBurger next month. At least, I hope so.

The Red Porch will also feature special food and beer pairings that will spotlight area brews, including those from Dogfish Head and Flying Dog. Any time I get to type “Dogfish Head,” I consider that a win.

Also, the Taste of the Majors stand — which has spotlighted a few items from other MLB cities — will now feature a special dish from the city of each visiting opponent while they’re actually in D.C. Those items will all be limited time only offers, obviously.

The list:

Atlanta: Smothered Fried Chicken Platter

Baltimore: Baltimore Pit Beef Sandwich Platter

Arizona: Arizona Dog Platter

Chicago: Chicago Dog Platter

Cincinnati: 5-Way Cincinnati Chili

Colorado: Colorado ‘Mile High’ Burger

Houston: Houston Nacho

Los Angeles: L.A. Dog Platter

Miami: Miami Cuban Dog

Milwaukee: Milwaukee Beer Brat Platter

New York (Mets and Yankees): Coney Dog Platter

Philadelphia: Philly Chicken Cheese Steak Platter

Pittsburgh: Pitts Burger Platter

St. Louis: BBQ Rib Platter

San Diego: San Diego Fish Taco Platter

San Francisco: San Fran Garlic Fries and Shrimp Platter

Tampa Bay: Tampa Salty Dog Platter