Washington, D.C.: Day Three (or, Ben’s Chili Bowl)

On my third (and last) day in D.C., I wanted to take things easy. I was craving something casual yet satisfying and so I went to Ben’s Chili Bowl for lunch, where only a few months ago Obama famously said “What’s a half-smoke?”

Admittedly, I didn’t know what a half-smoke was at the time, either. But I do now, and Internet, it is good. I ordered one along with a side of chili cheese fries, which was so heavy that our dining group of five easily shared.

The Infamous Half-Smoke

Chili-Cheese Fries

Touted as Bill Cosby’s favorite, the chili half-smoke is a quarter pound of smoked sausage on a steamed bun, topped with onions, mustard, ketchup and spicy chili sauce. The sausage was hefty, strong and smoky. With the chili cheese fries, they made for an exceptionally big lunch, one that kept me full (and happy) well through the day.

I spent the rest of the day at the Smithsonian, revisiting the Freer and Sackler Galleries and the National Air and Space Museum that I enjoyed so much when I first played tourist in D.C. a several years ago. After a quick Korean dinner in Virginia that evening, I packed up and was ready for the next leg of my trip: Jamaica.

4 thoughts on “Washington, D.C.: Day Three (or, Ben’s Chili Bowl)”

  1. Mariam! This place is walkable from our apartment! I wish I knew you were going to be here, it would have been great to meet in person. Take care.

  2. I came across your site when I went looking for a doogh recipe. I had just finished the one I had left from last nights meal from Amoo’s, which is a favorite of mine. Although I am no expert, his version differs from that which is served in his restaurant when he is not there. It was a delight to see him when I picked up my order, and to have his version of the drink as well. It is minty with little pepper very little salt which sometimes tends to overpower the drink.

    Have you had a meal by Left Coast Catering? Try anything Italian! I am biased, but not wrong about how good it is. She came back East and cooked for her brother’s wedding.


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