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“Had to come to the original”
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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, After-hours, 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 12 May 2017

Just had to come and experience this institution for ourselves on our Road trip,and we were glad we did.Loved the half smoke and the staff were super helpful and friendly to tourists like us who needed some help ,?Very cool to see the photos of all the famous people who have eaten here,on our bucket list and now ticked off,many thanks Bens you were great.

Date of visit: March 2017
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dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

What a lovely review!! We are elated that you came to see us and explore the History of Ben's! We hope you were able to snap a picture with the Famous Bear in front of our restaurant, also! When you come back, be sure to try a Ben's Half Smoke!
With Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

Some things are just done right. Ben's has it down on the chili dog. Tasty fresh bun. Quality dog. Tasty warm chili and just enough of it to be a little messy to eat. Just do it.

Date of visit: May 2017
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dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2017

Thank you so very much for your 5 star review and for coming to dine with us again! We strive to be the best and to make all of our customers feel they are dining at home with their family. We do hope you will come back soon to see us!
With Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family!

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Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

You can't leave DC without having a Half Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl! The location is not central, but totally worth the drive.

Date of visit: April 2017
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dcnativedude, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2017

Dear Gianina,
Thank you so much for your lovely review and for coming to dine with us! We also appreciate you taking a the drive! We hope to have you back again very soon!
With Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Being an avid foodie and in particular being a Man vs Food fan, hosted by Adam Richman, I simply couldn't have lived with myself if I visited DC without going to this place. The food, atmosphere and decor was glorious!

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed 27 April 2017

You don't go for the decor or the gourmet cuisine. You go to experience a local D.C. establishment that survived the 1968 riots following the assassination of MLK. It's owned by a local family -- the matriarch still greets guests with warmth and charm -- and the staff does its best to make every customer feel like their part of the family, too. I had a friend who ordered a turkey sandwich, which is definitely not the way to go. Order a dog or a brat smothered in chili or the cheese fries or both, especially if you plan a walking tour of the city. You won't get hungry again for a week.

Date of visit: November 2016
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