Ben's Chili Bowl
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- 83%Local Culture
- 78%History Buffs
- 77%Budget Travelers
- 56%Nightlife Lovers
- 56%Family Travelers
Member Reviews (39)
- Ben's Chili BowlMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Feb 20, 2014
This a hidden gem in the heart of Washington DC. It even opens up a 6 morning so I had to have a Chile dog. There is disability parking along side of the building. This part of the historical trail of the U street corridor.
- Ben's Chili BowlCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersVegetarian+ 2Jan 21, 2014
I'm so glad I visited this place before I became a vegetarian. The food is exactly what it is supposed to be - perfectly delicious and filling after a few drinks at 1 a.m., or as a casual weekend lunch. Be prepared for long waits on weekend nights, and to eat outside standing up when the booths (oh, what history those booths have seen!) fill up. This is a DC must-visit.
- Ben's Chili BowlJan 21, 2014
Tourist stops are touristy for a reason usually. This U Street corridor stop is a DC icon. Serving up half smokes with chili, onions and cheese sauce or fries laden with the same, shakes and sodas through the race riots to the Obama administration. Only two people eat for free: Cosby and Obama so bring cash. Because they don't accept credit. Queue up, place your order, and prepare to roll your sleeves up.
- Ben's Chili BowlMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily TravelersFoodies+ 2Oct 24, 2013
This is a famous spot in DC for Chili, Chili dogs, and Chili Cheese Fries. Its located on U Street, an area that was the center of black culture in DC for a time, that later became overridden with crime and has since seen a renaissance of sorts. Yum
- Ben's Chili BowlMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 12Oct 21, 2013
A MUST for anyone traveling to D.C. Yes, it's touristy, but it's also not. It's a favorite for the locals. And the food's got soul.
- Ben's Chili BowlMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 3Sep 13, 2013
I was looking forward to coming to this place for a long time, and they did not disappoint! A week before visiting DC, I was able to chat w/ the owner (Sage). Extremely friendly and customer oriented and offered a few places to go during my visit. On my last night in DC, finally got a chance to drop by and it is such a convenient location (right across U Street Metro Station).
Best chili cheese fries EVER! Chili and that awesome fake yellow cheese was just oozing and pouring out of the basket. Definitely a heart attack worthy plate! After leaving, I was a bit sad I couldn't bring some home with me.
- Ben's Chili BowlCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
There are few moments in life when we're fortunate enough to pass upon food so glorious as to make the "List."
You know the "List."
You HAVE a "List."
The List itemizes all the foods you crave daily. These are things you would travel miles for, and, if it came down to it, even kill for.
Here is my List:
1.) BBQ Beef and Chicken Plate, Yummy Korean BBQ, Honolulu
2.) California Burrito, Santana's Mexican Grill, San Diego
3.) Pizza, Ray's Pizza, New York City
4.) Kashi GoLean Crunch, It's a cereal, Anywhere
and the newest item to grace my List:
5.) Turkey Burger, Ben's Chili Bowl, Washington DC
This was honestly the best turkey burger I've ever had. Ever. The bread was delicately toasty, grilled on burger-end and lightly crisp on the surface. The cheese was slightly melted, and the vegetable-to-meat ratio was perfect. But the burger patty... I don't know where they got that turkey from, or if it's accurate that the item be listed under "healthy options," but it was moist and flavorful and oh, so divine. (My mouth is watering already.)
Bill Cosby is known to frequent the place, and there's a half-smoke chili dog he made famous. It's alright, but not as spectacular as the turkey burger. Anyway, I wouldn't order it just because he said so. He says the darndest things...
- Ben's Chili BowlMay 18, 2013
You know that feeling when you expect the obvious, then out of the blue something totally different surprises you.
Like watching Batman and having Robin beating up the villain.
Like expecting the star millionaire athlete to lead your team to victory, just to have the rookie come off the bench and steal the show.
Like visiting your girlfriend, and finding out her younger sister is a hotter, richer, and kinder, and she wants to spend the weekend in Bora Bora with you, on her expense.
We've all seen this played out, well maybe not the third scenario, but I just had it played out this weekend at Ben's Chili Bowl.
The half smoked sausage stole the chili's thunder.
This quarter pound sausage is Bill Cosby's favorite, and topping it off with chili makes it even better. What makes it so smacking good is you have to work at every bite. I mean that. Put a good chomp on your sausage and feel the snap of the skin on your teeth. Now ladies, some of you know what I'm talking about and guys, stop wincing.
I also tried the fries and beef chili burger, but for my hard earned money, it's the half smoked for me.