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Ben's Chili Bowl

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U Street Corridor
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1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
202-667-0909
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Today
6:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri 6:00 am - 4:00 am
Sat 7:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, Takeout

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  • 223
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  • 83
    Poor
  • 54
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Legendary Half Smoke!

You are not going here to get high end food, you are going here to eat a delicious half smoke with chili. It's quick, cheap, and delicious. They have the best chili I have ever had.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 28, 2015
Travis P
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Clearfield, Utah
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

The food is extraordinarily delicious. Definitely the best chili dog I ever ate. The place itself is a bit dirty but as long as the food is that good I don't mind.

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Clearfield, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015 NEW

You are not going here to get high end food, you are going here to eat a delicious half smoke with chili. It's quick, cheap, and delicious. They have the best chili I have ever had.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

wonderfully good simple american (southern?) food, friendly service, cool and relax place, super for lunch.

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Seattle, Washington
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34 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Yes, it's only a chili dog, but you gotta love it. This is just my kinda place. Great history, great friendly staff, great atmosphere, great chili dog. Conveniently located across the street from the Metro Yellow Line U Street Station.

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Hales Corners, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Dont expect anything special go for the history and the area. Free parking in rear of building found out after the fact

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Mechelen, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This place is a must see! We followed the Lonely Planet advice and did not regret it. It's very cheap, very tasty. Chilies are very hearty, warming. Portions are generous, hot dogs are great. The place is not too big but is very efficient. The staff does everything they can to maintain the good business and they are succeeding. If... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Personally, I LOVED Ben's Chili Bowl and I would love to go back! The prices are very, very cheap- we're talking around $5 for a hot dog loaded with toppings. When you first enter, you'll immediately noticed that it is packed. Don't go here if you are wanting some fast food. I ordered the 1/4 lb. chili burger with a... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We came here for lunch and ordered two chili half smokes with fries, we didn't realize but were happy when it came with potato chips too. The atmosphere of this place is fantastic, and all the workers were considerate of our touristyness.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Small local joint. Had the basic breakfast. My girlfriend had the scrapple. Weird taste with a slick texture. I didn't particularly like it. Awesome: The biscuit. Sought out the individual to tell him so! The price was also spot on! $20 for two including tip.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Wow! Just as you've read! It's not real pretty but the food is worth the wait!! The Half Smoke original is best! Chili cheeseburger is second! Usually there's a line but it moves fast. Most seem to takeout but there are tables and booths available. Ben's staff has a great 'production line and organized system and they are very friendly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1213 U St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-4442
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > U Street Corridor
  • Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
  • Phone Number: 202-667-0909

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 4:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?