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Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St Nw, Washington, DC 20009
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  • 92%
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  • 79%
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  • 70%
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  • 63%
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  • 63%
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  • 57%
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  • 57%
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  • Ben's Chili Bowl

    What the heck is all the fuss about? Chili sauce is average. Half smokie was super salty (and I put salt on everything including toast!). Parking around here is insane and existent only if you are lucky. We went on a Saturday early evening and had to park 5 blocks away (we got lucky).

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    i mean, it was decent, but give me a break on that line. nothing special, i can't even remember the taste. if you haven't tasted better than Ben's, you are missing out.

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  • Ben's Chili BowlPro 2014
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    Ben's Chili Bowl certainly gets a lot of hype. However, I don't think it's warranted. Maybe if you're drunk the chili is good. But I've been twice, and wasn't blown away by the food. Not worth standing in line for.

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    You haven't been to DC until you have been to Ben's- double smoke chili cheese...be ready to wait in line for the goods.

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    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! :)

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    The chilli is excellent- really flavorful with some spice and heat that separates it from your typical chilli. That being said the burgers were horrible quality meat. The bf had the half smoked which was way better but still nothing to.die.for. The chilli cheese fries were good they deffinetly don't skimp on the meat and cheese but were frozen fries. I would have loved to see fresh hand cut fries with the homemade chilli.

    Long waits and they dont seem to move any faster with a line that wraps outside the door, so be prepared to wait as this has been added to the tourist to-do list in DC.

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    Its not just about the half smoke but the atmosphere too. What's not to like about a lunch counter where everyone's jamming out to some real DC go-go?

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  • Ben's Chili Bowl

    A-MAZING. Best Chilli cheese dogs and chilli cheese fries. The desserts arent bad either.
    I love unhealthy food and this is at the top of this tasty list. I could eat it 3 or 4 times a week if it weren't for the health risks. Def had it once a month or so when I lived in DC.

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  • Ben's Chili Bowl

    mood for chilly? my ATF

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  • Ben's Chili Bowl

    Where the President visit every now and then. Ride the metro to this Washington original

    Recommended for:Budget TravelersFoodiesNightlife Lovers
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    Casual, right on U St.

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    It is ok, Nothing to die for it

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    Absolutely love this place!

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    Best Chili in the WORLD! Get the chili cheese fries for sure!

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    Historic and delicious- a must-see

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4.0 out of 5
47 members' reviews
3,683 people visited Ben's Chili Bowl
  • Price

    Cheap
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  • Open Hours:

    Breakfast & Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly
  • Phone:

    (202) 667-0909

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