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Sausage Showdown: Ben's Chili Half Smoke VS Monserrate's Chorizo Arepa

Steve | Oct 16, 201402:40 PM     4

DATELINE: Arlington, VA

Monserrate, a small Colombian market and restaurant on Glebe Rd., just north of Rte 50. Usually it looks deserted. As a 'side dish', they offer a big fat chorizo, all juicy and fatty along with a fluffy arepa for about $3.50. The chorizo was impressive and I enjoyed this very much. I also had an empanada which was small, quite crispy on the outside and with cheese and ground beef on the inside. It was served with a chopped onion and cilantro condiment.

Ben's Chili Bowl, half smoke with chili: I was floored by how salty this was. Not the chili topping so much as the half smoke. It was a big hit of salt and somewhat unpleasant.

Monserrate was pretty cheap, but it is also waiter service, so that adds to the cost. It wins hands down.

Ben's Chili Bowl
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