Food Stop: Hot dogs

Lou Malmgren, Co-Editor-In-Chief

Ben’s Chili Bowl

Though not strictly a purveyor of dogs, Ben’s Chili Bowl serves up some of the best in the DC metropolitan area. Whether served at Nats park or the original store location, diners can expect juicy all beef franks and a smothering of rich beefy chili. Topped off with some steaming cheese sauce, the classic dog is as good a choice as you can get.

Hours: Mon-Thurs: 6AM -2AM Fri: 6AM-4AM Sat: 6AM-4AM Sun:11AM-12AM

Address: 1213 U Street NW Washington, DC 20009

Grade: A

Glory Days

The dining chain certainly wouldn’t seem to be the go to spot for a quality hot dog, but the results are surprisingly nice. One can get a plain hot dog served on a toasted bun that serves as a decent dinner, but don’t expect anything mind blowing. The dogs are juicy and thick but have a strong taste of processed pork to them, not bad overall but not great.

Hours: Mon-Sat: 11:30AM-12AM Sun: 11:30AM-11PM

Address: 9526 Old Keene Mill Rd.

Burke, VA  22015

Grade: C


Even with a name that screams anything but hot dogs, Peterson’s ice cream depot serves up one mean dog that packs a nice punch. Whether you go for a classic depot dog or make your own with an assortment of toppings from cheese to chili, every frank will taste great. Combine with a nice ice cream cone for desert and a perfect summer lunch is complete.

Hours: Mon-Fri: 4PM to one hour after sunset

Sat-Sun: 12PM- one hour after sunset Address: 7150 Main St. Clifton, VA 20124

Grade: A