Yeah, the line is still stretching down the alley outside of Ben’s Chili Bowl, but some people are getting wise to this whole operation. Gayla Dodson is a 46-year-old woman who drove here from Atlanta. She made the pilgrimage to Ben’s. She stood outside in her leopard-print hat and got her picture snapped in front of the OBAMA red, white, and blue ice sculpture by CakeMan Raven (why it was not a cake sculpture, I don’t know), but there was no way in hell Dodson was going in and chowing down.

“I looked at the food…and, you know, I think it’ll give me gas.” She whispered that last part. “I can take the spicy,” she adds, “but all that other stuff? I don’t think so.”

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