Young and Hungry

Bo-Dogs Brings Knishes and Hot Dogs to Penn Quarter


Knishes, Kosher dogs, and corn? Sure, why not. Those are the only three food offerings at Bo-Dogs, which New Jersey natives and brothers Jacob and Joseph Jemal opened earlier this week at 614 E St. NW.

So, is this the legit New York knish D.C. has been waiting for? Unfortunately, not quite. Bo-Dog's knishes ($3) on an initial visit weren't anything to go out of your way for. The oily, square-shaped potato pastries lacked a crispy, flaky exterior. If you're really craving knishes, the best I've found are at Buffalo & Bergen. (Try the Reuben version.)

The Kosher hot dogs ($4) come with a choice of free toppings: sauerkraut, relish, onions ("chopped daily"), tomatoes (also "chopped daily"), pickle spears, jalapeños, banana peppers, chili, and cheese. Top it off with a variety of mustards, hot sauces, and ketchup. It's pretty much your standard hot dog. As for the corn? Well, it's corn. Obviously out of season, it lacks some of the sweetness of corn at its peak.


Bo-Dogs, 614 E St. NW; (202) 827-3105;

Photos by Jessica Sidman


  • sbc

    why would you serve knishes and kosher dogs but not have it be a kosher restaurant (given the cheese it isn't).

    And corn? that's weird.

    I feel like the only way this is going to work is if the Jemals are related to Douglas Jemal, and he owns the building and is giving them free rent.

  • tomaj

    corn-based relish is a very popular topping for street hots dogs in some northern cities. i used to use it all the time for my dogs in toronto, and it's great.

    but sbc's comment above about being kosher is spot on. if you serve cheese at the same time as serving hot dogs, you can't call them kosher.