This link from the Washington Post Going out Guide details some of the new food options being imported from New York, and the departure of one local favorite.
I still prefer Hecht’s and Woody’s to Macy’s but on this I am torn. I love Five Guys. According to my well traveled taste buds Five Guys burgers are the best in the land. I have traveled far and wide and tried every burger I can get my hands on and have yet to find one I like more than Five Guys. So, it is with a kind of sadness that I welcome Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, Box Frites, and El Verano Taqueria to Nats Park. It is only with a bit of sadness and not outright anger because I never ate at the Five Guys at Nats Park, and there is one located only a couple blocks from the stadium that sells burgers for far cheaper than anything found in a stadium.
I never ate at the Five Guys at Nats Park because I have a strong aversion to waiting in line, and Five Guys always had a line. It didn’t matter if I got there as soon as the gates opened on a rainy school night the line for Five Guys was already too long for my taste. I am looking forward to all the new food options in the scoreboard walk, but I do question if I will take one look at the line and then turn right around, head back down the escalator, and right up to the short wait at Hard Times for some giant nachos. I do really want to try Shake Shack and it is easier for me to try one at a place I am going to be 20 – 30 times a year than the new location going in at Dupont Circle.
The entire opening by June thing reminds me of an amusement park. During the previous year they keep the construction hidden behind a high fence with a sign that says, “Coming Spring 2011,” and then they open in 2011 and the new attractions aren’t yet open, but will be by June. It doesn’t really bother me as much as it is a minor annoyance, but I am the type of person that won’t eat what I want because there is a line, and that tells you all you need to know about my patience.