1213 U Street, NW
This lunch counter and late-night hangout is home to the delicious "half-smoke" chili-covered sausage. I came here late night after some bar-hopping and found the experience quite overwhelming, in a good way. The crowd was out the door, so I squeezed on into the madness and eventually ordered my food, a traditional chili dog and chips. It came out hot and the cheese was oozing onto my fingers. I noticed in the back a sign which read, "Bill Cosby eats free. And Obama BUT HE PAID!". You gotta love a place like this. The bustling lovers of late night eats with no-crap-taking employees that will tell you how it is. Cultures mixing all for the love of good food. I found myself a slab of counter and started digging in. The dog was perfectly cooked with a rich smokey flavor and the chili was everything you could ask for. I used the chips to clean up my spills of chili on the plate. A perfect DC meal.