Sunday, April 27, 2014

G by Mike Isabella

Located behind Section 136 at Nationals Park all season long, G by Mike Isabella is offering gourmet sandwiches that are pricier than the original restaurant in the U St neihborhood, but just as tasty.  We went to our first Nats game of the season and headed straight to G to grab lunch before settling in our seats.  Closest Metro is Navy Yard.

Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported: "The menu will change frequently, and Isabella says he will 'do a little R&D' on visiting teams to create new options: "When Philly comes in we'll have a cheesesteak. When New York comes to town we'll use a pretzel roll, because you always smell pretzels outside Yankee Stadium." Isabella plans to be an occasional presence at the stadium throughout the season."

While we didn't see Isabella himself, nor did they have a sandwich for the visiting San Diego Padres, we each picked a sandwich off the regular menu.  I chose the vegetarian option of Roasted Cauliflower that comes with a romesco spread, pickled vegetables, and lots of paprika.  At $11, the price is a bit more than the $8 price tag at the regular restaurant.  A reasonable up charge for the ballpark.  The first bite was packed with flavor and I loved the spicy sauce on the warm vegetables and soft bread.  I really enjoyed this sandwich and had no problem devouring the whole thing.  The pieces of arugula added a peppery bite to the veggie sammy, which paired nicely with a cold beer.

Keith went more traditional and ordered the Italian Hero.  He thought the bread would be too soft, but it had a nice chew to it.  There was too much mayo, and he would have liked a little more spice maybe from some hot peppers.  Overall, though, it was an above average sandwich that was filling and a great lunch to have while watching the ballgame.

There is no customization since the sandwiches at the ballpark are premade, but it helps the line go fast.  The sandwiches were still appetizing enough to intrigue us to visit the original shop near U St.

Total Rating: 3.7
Food: 4, Price: 2.5, Service: 3, Ambience: 5, Accessibility: 4

What I ate:
Roasted Cauliflower
romesco, pickled vegetables, paprika

Plus Keith ate:
Italian Hero

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