It’s 8:30am as I step off the Metro. Walking 1 block toward my office I smell them – the satisfying sinful food native to DC. Half-smokes with a delicious smell that I appreciate even at 8:30 in the morning. Every single day.
Not quite a hot dog, not quite a sausage, the half smoke is a DC treasure.
The street vendor on the Northwest corner of Connecticut Ave NW and L St NW is one I frequent every so often. Usually accompanied by a can of soda or some tasty Mamba candy (Mambas are like Starbursts, only much tastier and harder to find). Last summer, when a friend who devours meat like it’s his job worked (at his actual job) nearby, we’d get half smokes from this street vendor as often as we could stomach the grease, fat, and all out disgustingness of it. (About 2 times a month.) But he moved; and it’s been nearly a year since I’ve experienced a half smoke.
Today, I just couldn’t resist any longer. I finished my PB&J sandwhich by 10am and by lunchtime I wanted something else. So, I bought a half-smoke. And it was delicious. Smothered in fried onions, relish, mustard, and chili (you get 5 toppings free), it couldn’t have tasted any better. The best part?
It only costs $1.75. That’s it. $1.75 for a delicious meal. And if you really wanted to make it a “meal” you can get chips, soda, and a half-smoke for $2.50. And if you don’t want to get a half-smoke, the street vendor also sells hot dogs for $1.50 and chicken hot dogs for $1.25.
But splurge. Spend that extra $0.25 and get the half-smoke. It’s oh so worth it.
And you’re supporting local business.