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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/03/2012

More essential eats: Readers round out our list

Readers lamented that Ben's Chili Bowl wasn’t on our list of essential Washington dishes; the half-smoke didn’t get a nomination from readers the first time around, but plenty now say it’s a Washington must. (Jeffrey MacMillan/For The Washington Post)

Last week, we published our list of the 40 most necessary dishes in Washington, and we expected a little backlash. (Check out the gallery here.) We just never realized how much of the wrath would center around one reader’s nomination of Ledo Pizza.

A little taste of the controversy: “Ledo's? LEDO'S? This might have been the top of the heap for area pizza around 1967 but the world has moved on,” one commenter wrote on the blog.

Nevermind all that. You also came through with tons of other plates you thought we missed. Some of your (edited) picks:

“No problem with Ledo's, as it's an institution for those from the area (though I don't care for Vace at all), but any list of D.C. cuisine that omits Ben's half-smoke is fooling itself. It is the one food that belongs to the District.” — oxstu1
“The cod and chips with warm curry sauce at Eammon's in Old Town. And the bacon and blue pizza at Fire Works in Leesburg.” — jbgolden
“It would be sad not to have a bowl of red with onions, chiles and cheese from the Hard Times Cafe, or any sub from the Italian Store. Both are wonderful.” — powellsanmiguel
“Since alcoholic drinks aren't dishes, if you take out the two drink mentions along with the stupid tater tots, the useless cupcake and the bizarre popcorn mentions and the unnecessary second mention of Two Amys, I'd add back the following six dishes to make it a complete list of the best food finds in the area: Taylor Gourmet - subs; District Taco - breakfast tacos; Kabob Palace - kabobs; Pupatella - pizza of the day; Ben's Chili Bowl - half smokes; Ray's Hell Burger - burger.” 
— Mikeymutual
“I am a 5th generation Washingtonian and yes, we have some local spots that those who live in the local neighborhoods would add... A slab of ribs from Hogs on the Hill, a half-smoke from Ben's Chilli Bowl, chicken and mambo sauce from Jerry's on Rhode Island, a jerk chicken dinner from Negril near Howard or an oxtail dinner from Tropicana.
— dfrierson_Howard

We even had one commenter, the blogger DMV Foodie, take us up on eating through the list as a new kind of new year's resolution. (We do have to repeat that it’s the dishes themselves, not the restaurants, that our readers recommended.)

In the words of DMV Foodie, “may the food babies commence.”

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