Monday, December 10, 2012

Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C.

Chili Half-Smoke

Admittedly, my belly was still full from all of that food this morning. But I had time for one last stop in DC before heading out to Dulles for my connecting flight. And the one place that I've been very curious about has been Ben's Chili Bowl (1213 U Street Northwest, 667-0909), an institution here that is known for drawing everyone from Bill Cosby to Barack Obama.

Now, the thing to get here was this so-called "half-smoke," or a half pork and half beef smoked sausage. One could definitely taste the fat from the pork in it, and I liked the char that they worked into these things. Yet I couldn't help but compare it to my all time favorite Pink's out in LA. Maybe it's my hometown bias kicking in, but the edginess of Pink's just gets me so much more excited than this place.

Mister President, I know that you're a fan of both Five Guys and Ben's, but I'll take Umami Burger and Pink's over them any day of the week. It seems that we *do* see eye-to-eye on Rick Bayless though!

1 comment:

DJ HawaiianShirt said...

Everyone here in DC raves about Ben's Chili Bowl, but I'm with you: it's just not that good. It's an institution, but you can get half-smokes from DC hot dog carts that are better than Ben's. Also, I never really was enamored by its "old time diner" feel.