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 ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget 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 BowlMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget 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 ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBusiness 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 BowlMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureFoodies+ 2Sep 11, 2012
If you've never tasted a half smoke, consider yourself lucky. Why? Because then you'll be satisfied with the normal, everyday hot dogs that people outside of Washington, DC are subjected to.
Granted, there are some decent ones, but none like the quarter pound of half pork and smoked beef sausage topped with mustard, onions and the infamous spicy chili sauce over a steamed bun. If that sentence didn't make you drool, then congratulations, you are a robot.
The half smoke is meatier than a normal hot dog and tastier than a normal polish dog. The spicy kick juices things up to blend everything together perfectly.
$5.50 buys a half smoke with chili and a side of chips. Not the cheapest or healthiest option, but your taste buds will give you a standing ovation upon consumption.
Ben's Chili Bowl is located across the street from the U Street stop on the Metro Green Line. Within walking distance for tourists visiting the White House, or a quick bus/metro ride away. No excuses. Go visit now!
- 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 ofOutdoor EnthusiastsLocal CultureBudget Travelers+ 2Jul 05, 2012
Listed on many of DC's must visit lists, it's a must! Just try to go late at night when you already have quite a bit to drink! It will make the experience a little more fun and the food tastes a little bit better! :)
- 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.