On the Menu for the Washington Capitals: A Win, Plus Steak and Sea Bass

On a Florida road trip, they enjoyed a team dinner in Tampa.

By: Carol Ross Joynt

The Washington Capitals, who are on a Florida road trip, not only put another win under their belts but also scored a steak and seafood team dinner. The win happened Tuesday in Sunrise, where they beat the Florida Panthers for the second straight time. They then moved on to Tampa, where, after a light practice Wednesday, the team convened for dinner at the Ocean Prime steakhouse near the airport. Seated in the Frank Sinatra Room, they were served a special menu of filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, and assorted sides, including mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. Beer and wine were served, but most of the players didn’t drink at all, according to an attendee. Maybe that’s because Thursday night they play the Tampa Bay Lightning.

When we reached out to team spokesman Sergey Kocharov to confirm the dinner we asked whether there are ever any team dinners in Washington. He said they are usually on the road and typically at a few places well known for their protein and potatoes: Del Frisco’s, Capital Grille, and Morton’s. In DC, though, he said the players favorites include Cafe Milano, Capital Grille, the Source, and Sushi Rock in Arlington.

There’s apparently a new addition to the list, too. Alexander Ovechkin tweeted a photo of himself outside the new Mari Vanna on Connecticut Avenue. His message, with his punctuation, was, “Gr8 place for Russian food in DC!!!”

Gr8 place for Russian food in DC!!! twitter.com/ovi8/status/28…

— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) January 9, 2013