Invented around the 1930s, the half smoke is Washington’s signature sausage. It’s like a hot dog, but meatier, spicier, and cheesier. Although the town still can’t decide on where the “half” name comes from, most attribute it to the dish’s makeup, which is half beef, half pork; a combination that results in that grilled, smoky flavor. The traditional recipe is served on a soft, white bun and topped with onions, cheese, and chili. But nowadays, you can find more adventurous takes on the delicacy. Halfsmoke’s menu includes both, along with many other delightful appetizers, mains, and drinks.
Washington (like all the other cities that aren’t Chicago or NYC) doesn’t think that only one style of pizza is king. D.C. restaurants offer up plenty of delicious slices that will cater to your food mood. Here are some of the best pizzerias in D.C.
Duccini’s ($). Two words: jumbo slices. At Duccini’s, you can get a slice is big as your head, for cheap. And they’re open late.
Forget the fancy toppings and expensive price tags. Here’s some of the best Mexican food in Washington that is both delicious and affordable.
What to order: Chilean empanadas with ground beef, onions, and raisins
Price point: only $5
2716 Washington Boulevard
What to order: silpancho (meat and potatoes) or Bolivian-style fried chicken
Price point: under $20 with a deal
What to order: steak tacos, horchata and tamarindo
Price point: free delivery and $9.80 for 3 tacos, drink, and dessert of the day
What: Mombo Wings
Why: extra-crispy wing and smothered in a sweet heat sauce
What: Chili Dog
Where: Ben's Chili Bowl
Why: all-beef frank topped with mustard, onions, and spicy homemade chili