Weenie Beenie

Drive-In | Hamburgers | Hot Dog
Worth a detour

Weenie Beenie is the sole survivor of a small Washington-area chain of drive-ins specializing in half-smokes. No one knows for sure how the half-smoke got its name (perhaps because it’s only half smoky or because many places, like Weenie Beenie, bisect them horizontally before they are grilled), but it is unique to the area around the District of Columbia. Here you can have one at lunch dressed with chili (known as a chili smoke), mustard, onions, and relish. At breakfast your half smoke will be matched with a fried egg and a slice of bright orange cheese.

Regular hot dogs also are available, as are barbecue pork and bowls of nothing but beef chili. Picnic tables are arrayed along the side of the take-out-only restaurant for those who choose not to eat in their cars.

What to Eat
Weenie Beenie, Half Smoke Sandwich
Half Smoke Sandwich
You can also get the half smoke as part of a breakfast sandwich on toast. The wiener is grilled until it is dark with a wicked crunch.
Weenie Beenie, Half Smoke
Half Smoke
The top half smoke has mustard and onion. The bottom one has chili, mustard, and onion and is called a chili smoke.
Weenie Beenie, Cake
A large variety of eye-catching cakes sit prominently inside the ordering window. The lemon cake is moist and delicious. The coconut cake we tried was dry and tasted old.
Weenie Beenie, Eastern Carolina BBQ XL Sandwich
Eastern Carolina BBQ XL Sandwich
Half-smokes will always be the focus of attention when we visit Weenie Beenie, but the BBQ sandwich should not be ignored. This is North Carolina style, with moist pork and just a touch of vinegary sauce, plus cool slaw.
Weenie Beenie, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
We liked the non-greasy onion rings, but would have preferred if they had a little bit more crunch.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday6am - 6pm
Tuesday6am - 6pm
Wednesday6am - 6pm
Thursday6am - 6pm
Friday6am - 6pm
Saturday6am - 6pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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