October 8, 2009, 2:57 PM
Ben Ali, King of the Half-Smoke, Is Dead at 82

There is perhaps no better way to end a punk-rock evening in Washington, D.C., than with a brisk walk up from the 9:30 Club to the bright lights of Ben’s Chili Bowl, home of the chili-laden half-smoke sausage, for a snack. (President Obama prefers it for lunch.) So it is with sad eyes that we report the death of Ben Ali, the Trinidad-born restaurant genius who founded the place in 1958. Order up!

He Added Spice to Our Lives
The Washington Post front page October 9, 2009


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