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A Sandwich a Day: The Fried Chicken Luther at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.

The sandwich is served on a lightly fried, house-made brioche doughnut, glazed with a maple-chicken jus and topped with oven-baked pecans. Between the doughnut halves lies ChurchKey's twist: buttermilk fried chicken and strips of applewood smoked bacon. In the end, what you're really eating is a child's dream: three of the best "junk foods" in a single, glorious monument to gluttony. More

Ben's Chili Bowl in D.C. Celebrates 50 Years

August 22, 1958, marks a big day in the District's history: the birth of Ben’s Chili Bowl's famous chili dog and chili half-smoke, considered some of the city's only indigenous foods. Why does the beans-topped tubular meat deserve a 50th birthday bash this weekend, complete with visits from Bill Cosby, Roberta Flack, and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty? Ben’s is one of the few culinary landmarks in this town not associated with JFK trying to shtup some bimbo, it remains a steadfast supporter of its Shaw neighborhood, and it still serves the best half-smoke around. That's how Washington City Paper food columnist Tim Carman described the institution to Anthony Bourdain when the No Reservations host was in town recently to... More

Eats for D.C. iPhone Line-Waiters

In anticipation of D.C.-area geeks going gaga over the new iPhone 3G by camping out before it comes out tomorrow at 8 a.m., our own Erin Zimmer gives her picks near the Arlington, Virginia, Apple Store. View Larger Map Last year, there was talk of an Apple store opening in Georgetown but since that never happened and Washington, D.C. proper still doesn't have a store, a close alternative is in Arlington, Virginia. El Pollo Rico: For juicy rotisserie chicken head to El Pollo Rico. The half chicken is a worthy investment—easy to nibble in line and worth a couple meals. The fries aren't anything special here but get a face-lift when dunked in the spicy green sauce. Disclaimer: El Pollo... More

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