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“Great food, unique D.C. Experience”
Review of Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl
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Ranked #19 of 330 Quick Bites in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$7
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
Description: Virginia Ali is now 86 years old and she started the restaurant with her husband Ben when she was only 24. On August 22, 2019, Ben’s Chili Bowl will turn 61. But it’s not just a birthday for Ben’s, it’s a celebration of DC’s African American history, culture, and character. It’s a celebration of our city, and U Street’s resilience. Presidents, celebrities, neighbors and people from around the world have all enjoyed Ben's signature Half-Smoke, chili cheese fries, burgers and milkshakes.
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We popped in here for lunch - it's a bit of a (pleasant) walk from downtown but well worth it. The food was great and the ambience was a great mix of authentic blended with photos of the famous people who have visited.

Food is good value, and the service excellent. We had a really interesting chat with one of the staff who even showed us his holiday photos, making us feel like a regular! Overall a fabulous experience.

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

I stopped here during my trip to DC because trip advisor informed me they have vegan food. Vegan hot dogs with vegan chili in a casual popular neighborhood spot. Food was great, patrons were friendly.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank Stephanie F
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

The food was diner like burgers, dogs, and fries. The specialty was their chili, which was good, but a bit spicey for the kiddos. Customer service was 110%. Overall we loved it and can see why it is a staple in DC!

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Any travel book will mention this as a must eat at. The half smoke with onions and chilli was very good.....not spectacular. The history of this establishment seems to be mostly what sustains it. Good comfort food.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank moncoer
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Not so many options to choose - chili, burger or hotdog, but everything is great! The best part - Obama's favorite spot ;) the prices are inexpensive and there's always a huge queue, but the service is quite fast. Take some extra time to explore all the photos of famous visitors.

Date of visit: March 2017
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