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As summer time revs up right here in DC with warmth, humidity, and depraved afternoon storms making their presence identified, one of many few saving graces of this time of 12 months is loads of alternatives to absorb a baseball sport at Nationals Park, arguably among the finest ballparks to absorb America’s pastime. 

I am on no account a sports activities individual, however I do attempt to make it out to the park a number of instances a 12 months as a result of the environment is enjoyable and family-friendly and the ballpark has good lodging for gluten-free people. With gluten-free concessions available in addition to an accommodating coverage in the direction of exterior foods and drinks, Nats Park proves itself to not solely ship a superb fan expertise, however one which ensures gluten-free people and others with dietary restrictions can partake within the enjoyable as effectively. 

On this 12 months’s replace to my Nats Park submit, I am going to begin first with the gluten-free concessions stands, of which I noticed two choices. One stand was positively on my radar, however I used to be happy to identify one other stand (though it lacked dairy-free choices). 

Gluten Free Grill

This concession sells all of your favourite ballpark treats and eats, together with scorching canine ($7), nachos ($5.50), and pulled pork sandwiches ($9). Gluten-free beer choices available embrace Pink Bridge and Nonetheless Cidre ($9 and $12 respectively). Additionally they have Omission available, however it’s a gluten-removed beer and isn’t protected for celiacs (Gluten Dude’s rundown of those drinks is a must-read). 

The stand will get fairly a line, and issues are inclined to run out (i.e. that is the primary 12 months I’ve been in a position to snag a pulled pork sandwich). Whereas there is definitely a scarcity of veggie-based objects, I respect the sense of normalcy of ordering conventional fare at a stadium. 

This 12 months, the massive information is that Nats Park has switched from Nathan’s to Hebrew Nationwide as their scorching canine vendor. So franks available are 100% beef, gluten-free, dairy-free, and licensed Kosher. Word that they do comprise soy. Gluten Free Grill serves up every scorching canine on *untoasted* Udi’s bread and undressed so you’ll be able to selected whether or not to high it off or eat it plain at condiment stations all through the park (or save up tiny condiment packets from quick meals, which is my transfer). As an allergen alert, the buns do comprise eggs. 

Whereas the recent canine from this stand actually look the half for fundamental ballpark fare, the supply is kind of disappointing. The recent canine itself is sweet, however the bun is a whole and complete failure on all fronts, with a bone-dry, flavorless crumb that completely disintegrates from the primary chunk. It is actually a race in opposition to the clock (and Udi’s subpar product) to complete it off earlier than it break up completely in half or turns right into a pile of breadcrumbs. 

In my three years of attending Nats video games, these gluten-free scorching canine simply do not get higher within the type and performance division, so I’ve reached a degree the place I simply do not suppose I can abdomen ordering any extra and forking over the $7. 

Nevertheless, I used to be happy that on my current go to I used to be in a position to attempt the pulled pork sandwich, which proved elusive on the handful of video games I attended final season as a result of it offered out early within the sport. I can see now why it is a fan favourite as a result of it effortlessly and impressively overshadowed the recent canine in type, taste, and worth. 

Right here, Udi’s buns are are additionally used (additionally comprise eggs), however they’re actually helped within the texture and taste division by soaking within the steam from the pile of pork they sit above and under. The portioning of the pork itself is kind of beneficiant, and because of the weight and quantity I most well-liked to eat the sandwich with a fork and munch on the bun individually. It has a beautiful smoked taste and deliciously tender and hearty. Whereas not your best option throughout steamy afternoon video games, this sandwich is ideal for summer time nights. 

At $9, you are getting far more meals, and meals that’s truly pleasurable to eat, so I wholeheartedly suggest the pulled pork as the most effective gluten-free fare on faucet on the Gluten Free Grill. 

La Casita: Pupuseria & Beisbol

Whereas doing a lap of the concourse, I stumbled throughout one other gluten-free concession stand, and was thrilled to have the ability to report further choices for celiacs and gluten-free people alike. La Casita’s menu proclaims that “all merchandise are naturally gluten-free,” however sadly, every part at this stand accommodates dairy. I didn’t pattern something from it, however can report that choices right here embrace enchiladas, tamales, and pupusas. It is good to notice too that they’ve vegetarian choices (that are missing within the Gluten Free Grill’s lineup). 

Nationals Park Exterior Meals Insurance policies

Not solely is it nice that Nationals Park has two gluten-free pleasant meals stands, however the park’s insurance policies are additionally accommodating to anybody wishing to carry their very own snacks into the park. Pulling straight from their web site:

All meals objects should be contained in single serving luggage inside a soft-sided container or cooler that doesn’t exceed 16″x16″x8″. Steel, plastic or glass containers of any form (aside from clear, factory-sealed or empty, plastic water bottles, no bigger than one liter, juice packing containers, insulin containers, and child meals) are prohibited at Nationals Park. Just one water bottle per individual will likely be permitted. See GUEST CONDUCT POLICY (Prohibited Gadgets).

Have do-it-yourself snacks you need to carry? Nice. Need to cease by a restaurant and decide up a bowl or salad to-go? Yep, that is allowed. Insurance policies like this have gotten rarer and rarer in most of these venues, so I give high marks to Nationals Park for this inclusive and accommodating stance. 

One different coverage be aware to pay attention to, as of this season, the Park’s bag coverage has modified and now prohibits backpacks within the park (aside from ADA or medical causes). Purses, drawstring backpacks, briefcases, diaper luggage, and soft-sided coolers are nonetheless allowed, however should be no bigger than the dimensions within the coverage quoted above.

I look ahead cheering on the Nats on to victory this summer time and fall and profiting from their gluten-free choices in addition to their exterior meals coverage. It is all the time enjoyable going to a sport and never having to arrange plans with pals and household round the place and what I can eat. 

What’s your favourite gluten-free concession on the ball park? Have you ever noticed different gluten-free choices at Nationals Park? Remark under!

Disclaimer: This evaluation relies upon the data I’ve on the time of the evaluation and doesn’t mirror adjustments in components or availability of things. Please contact Nationals Park straight for up-to-date info and be happy to contact me with any questions or feedback. I used to be not compensated for this evaluation and it’s a reflection of my private opinion.