With the Yankees in town for the first of two games, the Virginia-themed concession stand behind Section 113 and the new main team store beyond center field opened Tuesday at Nationals Park.
Virginia Country Kitchen offers ham and chicken biscuits, mac-and-cheese, a popcorn mix with smoked bacon and bourbon caramel sauce, bourbon tea and Virginia wines.
Along with the Ben’s Chili Bowl stands throughout the stadium and the Chesapeake Crab Cake Co. stand in Section 114, Nationals Park now features tastes from D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
I tried both biscuits at the media tour in April and enjoyed both, but prefer the chicken to the ham. TJ’s Mac & Cheese, which is supposedly “inspired by Virginia made cheeses,” tasted like Velveeta. As much as I loved Velveeta as a kid, I probably won’t get this again at Nationals Park. It’s not the most appetizing side dish on a muggy night.
The Nationals also opened their new Clubhouse Team Store in the Center Field Plaza. The new store is nearly twice the size of the old team store, which was located to the right of the Center Field Gate as you enter the stadium. The old team store is empty and there’s no word yet on how the space will be used.