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Yummy sausage full of nitrates and unknown meat. Best soaked and/or cooked in beer and served with chili and onions.

Stan Kasten surely approves: Nats switching to same hot dog vendor as Phillies

O NOZZZZ! The Washington Nationals are apparently switching to the same hot dogs as the Philadelphia Phillies. TAKE BACK THE PARK HAS PHAILED!1!!!!1 Stan Kasten must have done it before he quit. Why didn’t you stop it Andy Feffer?! Selling Phillies hot dogs isn’t NATITUDE1!!!!!1

OPENING DAY 2005: Phillie Phanatic fires Hatfield hot dogs at spectators, few injuries

OPENING DAY 2005: Phillie Phanatic fires Hatfield hot dogs at spectators, few injuires

Based on the newly released 2013 Nats promotional schedule, it looks like the Nationals Park will be selling a different brand of hot dogs this coming season, Hatfield. Way back in 2005 when I went to the very first modern Nats game ever up in Philly, I had a Hatfield hot dog and enjoy it. Plus, there was a hot dog shaped cannon on a cart that the Phillie Phanatic used to fire freebies to/at the crowd.

Is 2013 the last season for mock outrage about the Phillies? Or am I behind the times? Either way, I’ll skip the hot dog and have a Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smoke anyway.

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Nationals Park Media Day: Victory Knot is not so much a pretzel, but a dare

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — This gourmet sea salt covered pretzel is one of the new food items previewed at Nationals Park media day yesterday. It comes in at two pounds and comes with several spreads, like beer cheese which is quite good, and an Orwellian nickname. I imagine there will be several bets placed on whether someone can eat the whole thing. Too bad they couldn’t have made it a curly W.

Other things learned from media day:

Starting with game 2, season ticketholders will have their own gate behind center field, complete with red carpet.

The team is sponsoring Smiles for Haiti with drop-off points for toothbrushes

The new Presidents Race video is pretty funny

The Red Porch restaurant has been expanded into the seats a little bit. You can sit there for up to 90 minutes.

The PNC Diamond Club has undergone a $2 million renovation. It looks great and I think it is more open than previously, but they removed the box score from game 7 of the 1924 World Series. Clint Khoury narrated a video describing the renovations. It is nice and all, if anybody wants to treat, I’m in. The bourbon selection is pretty good too.

There is a health food cart on the third base lower concourse this year. It will have wraps and yogurt/granola parfaits among other things. Section 110.

The Miller Light Scoreboard Walk now has chairs and is going for a “South Beach” feeling. Now, I’ve never been to South Beach, so um, I’ll just take their word. They also have corn hole, ring toss and other things that I’d prefer not be called interactive games. They say it’ll be a hot spot for the 21-34 set. I guess I better take advantage of it now. Thursday – Saturday nights are party nights with the gates opening 2.5 hours early and some $5 beers.

Chicken and waffles at Change Up Chicken in 130 — the syrup has a bit of cayenne in it which is tasty.

Taste of the Majors is now foot long hot dogs for each team in the NL East, i.e. Mets dog has sauerkraut.

Triple Play Grill in center field will have shrimp po boys and foot long fish dogs (aka fried cod). I’d probably eat that tomorrow if there was a game I was attending.

The busloads of Phillies fans will probably give us a hard time about Steak of the Union, but they can’t agree between Pat’s, Geno’s or Jim’s either.

Five Guys, Ben’s Chili Bowl and Hard Times Cafe are all back this season. I think Gifford’s Ice Cream may be gone though.

Thanks to Lisa Pagano of Nats PR for the invitation.
[flickr : Nationals Park Media Day/slideshow]

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Review: Yocco’s

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. — For several years now, I’ve been wanting to try Yocco’s The Hot Dog King on the way back from my annual ski trip in the Poconos. Yocco’s goes back to 1922 and is perhaps the best known Lehigh Valley eatery. We stopped by the location near Lehigh Valley International Airport, just off of the Airport Road exit of US 22-Lehigh Valley Thruway (or the Double-Duece according to my friend Tom).

Going in, I had heard mixed reviews of Yocco’s. Tom said “really, Yocco’s?” while another acquaintance gave it the thumbs up. Tom’s contention was that Yocco’s wasn’t bad, but nothing special. After eating there, I have to agree with Tom.

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My wife and I each ordered two hot dogs each with chili sauce, onions and mustard. She also added cheese; Kraft singles or something similar that is put in the bottom of the roll. The franks are Hatfield, a tasty brand that are the official hot dog of Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia. Ours were not very fresh though, having sat on the cooler side of the stove for an indeterminate amount of time. The chili sauce was fairly tasty, but not very hearty and overall nothing special. One cannot expect much for $1.24 each I suppose. I also ordered the crinkle cut french fries which were fine, but nothing special. Mrs. T’s pierogies are also available as a side, but we did not order them.

Yocco’s is so named because the indigenous Pennsylvania Dutch population had trouble pronouncing Iacocca, the family who opened the restaurant and runs it to this day. Yes, it is the same family as former Chrysler chairman and Snoop Dog pal Lee Iacocca — he’s the nephew of the founder. Know run by a fourth Iacocca generation Yocco’s has six locations. They also have a great “hot dog king” logo that looks like the kind of sticker a pre-teen’s skateboard might have on it.

Yocco’s is cheap, decent and the backstory is good, but nothing really special. I may stop a Yocco’s again some time if I’m in the Lehigh Valley, but I am not going out of my way to do it.

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