If you've ever cheered on the Nats or gone for a beer or two on U Street, you're probably familiar with DC's signature street eat, the half-smoke. The name refers to a spicy pork and beef sausage, typically larger and courser than a hot dog, that is most commonly served on a soft bun and smothered in chili, mustard and onions.
No one is quite sure how the half-smoke originating, but some believe the sausage was first produced by Briggs & Co. meatpackers in the 1930s. In 1954, Weenie Beenie opened in Shirlington and began grilling half-smokes, followed by Ben's Chili Bowl in 1958.
10Best and Sandwich America wanted to find the best half-smoke in the District, so the editors joined forces with local DC food writers and The Food Channel to nominate 20 worthy restaurants across the city. For the past four weeks, our readers have been voting for their favorites, and the results are in.
The top 10 winners in the category Best Half-Smoke in Washington, DC are as follows:
- Meats & Foods
- Stachowski's Market
- Ben’s Chili Bowl
- The Big Stick
- Bold Bite
- Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen
- DCity Smokehouse
- The Passenger
Congratulations to all 10 of our winning half-smoke shops in DC!License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo