Half-Smokes

The half-smoke is the first food that comes to mind when we think about D.C.’s “iconic” foods. But when Ruth and Patrick take a trip to Ben’s Chili Bowl, which made the half-smoke famous, Ruth orders a hot dog by mistake and realizes she doesn’t really know a half-smoke is. We take a trip to a sausage factory, hop back in time to 1958 when Ben’s Chili Bowl opened and foray into the struggle playing out between old and new D.C.

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