Nationals Park, Washington, DC
Half Smoke All-The-Way
According to the Ben’s Chili Bowl website, they have been making this sausage sandwich since 1958 and it was made popular by comedian Bill Cosby in the 1960s. Ben’s has been featured on several travel shows, my favorite being Man vs. Food when host, Adam Richman, got a peek at the top secret brown bag of spices used to flavor their famous chili.
The half smoke is a quarter pound, half pork/half beef smoked sausage. When you get it “All-The-Way” at Nationals Park, it comes with mustard, onions, shredded cheddar cheese and Ben’s chili sauce. It was unabashedly the best thing I have ever eaten at a ballpark.
Luckily, I was given a fork to scoop up the extra chili that smothered the top of the sandwich. The chili was delicious, the perfect consistency to top the sausage and left me wanting more on the side.
Once I was able to complete the requisite amount of chili excavation with my fork, I was finally able to pick the sandwich up and take a bite. Wow. The snap and flavor of the sausage combined with the toppings was perfection. I savored each bite.
The Ben’s Chili Half Smoke is quintessential ballpark food and the best thing I have ever eaten at a ballgame. Just remember the fork and a pile of napkins!
What is the best thing you have ever eaten at a ballgame?
probably the bratwurst with secret stadium sauce at county stadium at milwaukee
This looks fantastic! It has me thinking on what my favorite ballpark food has been over the years? I am sure that I am forgetting something but a Shake Shack burger & milkshake from Citi Field is what comes to mind!
My wife would second Baltimore's bacon-on-a-stick. The Corn Off the Cob at the ChiSox' park might get my vote.