Ben's Chili Bowl is a DC legend known for it's chili dogs, milkshakes and famous half smokes. A half smoke is a "local sausage delicacy" typically found in the mid-Atlantic region. Similar to a hot dog, but usually larger, spicier, and with more coarsely-ground meat, the sausage is often half-pork and half-beef, smoked, and served with a bevy of herbs, onion and chili sauce.
|Ben's Chili Bowl's famous half smoke|
The atmosphere is both hectic and laid back at the same time, and the best part is that BCB is open until 2 a.m. every weekday and 4 a.m. on the weekends. I was advised to make sure I ordered the half smoke. Let me tell you, it did not disappoint. I'm not the biggest chili dog fan, but Ben's Chili Bowl half smokes are delicious. If you're ever in DC, this is a can't miss restaurant.