Baseball fans know that change is an inevitable rite of spring. One can only hope that the gains outweigh the losses — that for every lost Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham, there’s a Jayson Werth or Bryce Harper to get excited about.
So, too, is the case with the rest of the ball park experience, especially at Nationals Park, which is revamping some of its foodservice offerings for the fourth consecutive season, eliminating both Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and my personal favorite, Teddy’s Barbeque.
Teddy’s Barbeque was a mid-season acquisition in 2009, and was home of the Rough Rider — a jumbo beef short
rib brined for 12 hours then smoked for 12 hours more. Five Guys you can get anywhere, but the Rough Rider was ours — the Park’s closest thing to a unique signature dish. It looked like something Fred Flintstone would eat. It was delicious, and there was always a line.
The big steel smokers still stand in the same centerfield location, but
beginning this season they’re being used only for hot dogs — or should I say Dawgs.
Yes, Teddy’s Barbeque has been replaced by yet another hot dog stand. I can confirm that those smokers impart a great flavor, but the real twist at Xtreme Loaded Dawgs is the toppings.
Choose from The Deli Dog with kraut
and thousand island dressing; The Heater with buffalo wing sauce and blue cheese slaw; the Nach-Yo Dog (top right) with pico de gallo, peppers, cheese and sour cream; the Frito Pie Dog with chili, cheese, and Fritos; or the most outrageous of them all: The Big Kid Dog (bottom right) with macaroni and cheese and Fritos on top.
Whether you find the concept cute or disgusting depends on your perspective, but one thing’s indisputable. The flimsy buns can’t hold all those wet toppings, so grab plenty of napkins.
While it feels like we’ve traded down in the centerfield concourse, the team has been working to upgrade the fare just up the escalator at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk, with the addition of four new stands from Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group in New York.
Coming soon are four established concepts imported from New York’s Citi Field: burgers and custard from the Shake Shack, pit barbecue from Blue Smoke, Belgian-style fries from Box Frites, and Mexican food from El Verano Taquería.
Nats fans should welcome any attempts to upgrade the foodservice and the fan experience, yet these off-season moves leave a bad taste in my mouth. It feels like we’ve traded away a unique signature player for some journeyman ones that will just help Mets fans feel more at home at Nationals Park.
UPDATE: While the new Miller Scoreboard Walk restaurants aren’t open yet, Teddy’s Barbeque has been set up under a tent up there. Unfortunately, they do not have the Rough Rider rib, but they do have the pulled pork and pulled chicken. Location is on the upper level directly across from the scoreboard under a white tent.
Rough Rider photo courtesy of Flickr member Kevin Harber
9 thoughts on “R.I.P. Teddy’s Barbeque”
That sucks! Teddy’s pulled pork sandwiches were excellent and will be missed by my entire family. 😦 Not happy either about the corporate fefferization of Nats Park.
Memo to Nats FO: We’re NOT in New York!!! It’s embarrassing that we can’t be proud of our own products. Five Guys was the best ballpark burger, arguably, anywhere. And it was OURS, a DC thing. Think about fan loyalty and not your own pockets.
Yech! So we bring in NY standbys and kick out DC faves? EPIC FAIL! Dumb idea and major league disklike by this fan!
Yeah, Shake Shack! One of our favorite places in NYC! Heard there may be one opening in Dupont Circle.
Go back to New York, honey. Need help? Check your map, this is D.C.
Update: Sorry to Susan, I was a little grumpy before. Local food businesses are being fefferized out of the ballpark, which is a shame. I prefer that Nats Park reflect D.C. and there’s already enough New York influence shoved down the throats of this country. Off my soapbox.
Re: “UPDATE: …they do have the pulled pork and pulled chicken. ”
Great news! I feel like a condemned man eating his last meal but plan on gaining, oh, 75-80 lbs. between now and June.
Pork, pork, pork, pulled pork, pork pork. Who needs Parks Sausages? “More Teddy’s pork sandwiches, mom…please.”
Unrelated, but are they back to using the 2006 through mid-2010 Teddy and Abe costumes? Hope so, the originals look better.
Yes, they are back to the “classic” costumes. Going to write about that during the road trip. No official explanation from the team.
Maybe they sent them to Milwaukee with Nyjer Morgan for a Sausage to be named later.