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Ben's Chili Bowl

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
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NEW AT BEN'S
6.95
Add Sour Cream 0.5
Ben's Rice Bowl
A hearty bowl of rice, gobs of chili (con carne or veggie), shredded cheddar cheese, onions, and tomatoes
6.95
Add Sour Cream 0.5
Ben's Salad Bowl
Fresh salad greens topped with your favorite chili (con carne or veggie), tomatoes, onions, and shredded cheddar cheese
6.95
Add Cheese 0.4
Ben's 1/2 Lb. Gourmet Burger
Certified angus beef, with lettuce, tomato, and onions on a sesame seed bun
3.95
Ben's Tuna Dog
Ben's homemade tuna salad on a hot dog roll, with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise, and hot peppers
MAIN
5.95
Ben's Original - Chili Half - Smoke
Bill cosby's favorite! Experience the chili half-smoke. Originally made famous by ben's in 1958. Grilled and served on a warm steamed bun with mustard, onions and our spicy chili sauce. Delicious!!! (Mixed pork and beef)
5.65
Ben's Fresh 1/4lb - 100% Beef Chili Burger
Cooked to order and served with mayo, lettuce and our spicy chili sauce. These are truly the best burgers in the business!!!
8.55
Ben's Chili - Burger Sub
2 all beef patties on a 6" sub roll served with mayo, lettuce and our spicy chili sauce
Small 4.55
Large 6.25
Gallon 47.95
1/2 Gallon 25
Topped w/ Cheddar Cheese & Onions 0.4
Chili Con Carne or Vegetarian Chili
BEN'S FAMOUS CHILI DOG
MIXED PORK AND BEEF
Grilled and served on a steamed bun with mustard, onions and ben's spicy homemade chili sauce
4.4
Mixed Pork and Beef
5.95
Jumbo Beef Dog
5.95
Jumbo Turkey Dog
4.4
Veggie Dog
SANDWICH ADD-ONS
Our beef chili & vegetarian chili contain no nuts or wheat
0.4
Cheese Added to Any Sandwich
0.8
Cheese Added to Any Sub Add
0.5
Coleslaw Added to Any Sandwich
SIDE ORDERS
2.9
French Fries
4.75
Chili Fries
Beef or veggie
4.75
Cheese Fries
5.95
Chili
Cheese fries
5.95
Veggie Chili
Cheese fries
2.6
Homemade Potato Salad
2.6
Cole Slaw
Per slice3.65
Whole Cake 35
Assorted Cakes
HEALTHY CHOICES
Add our ben's spicy homemade chili sauce or vegetarian chili to any sandwich
5.95
Turkey Burger
Lean ground turkey patty cooked to order and served with mayo, lettuce and tomato
8.95
Turkey Burger Sub
Two mayo, lettuce and tomato. Super satisfying!
6.95
Tuna Sandwich
Homemade tuna salad on wheat or white bread served with mayo, lettuce and tomato
8.35
Tuna Sub
Homemade tuna salad on a 6" sub roll and served with mayo, lettuce and tomato
6.95
Veggie Burger
Made from hi-protein soy beans and served with mayo, lettuce and tomato. A vegetarian favorite!
9.85
Veggie Burger Sub
Two veggie patties on a 6" sub roll and served with mayo, lettuce and tomato
BEVERAGES
Small 2.25
Medium 2.55
Large 2.75
Beverages
Pepsi, diet pepsi, dr. Pepper, mtn. Dew, sierra mist, orange crush, root beer, fruit punch, raspberry tea, homemade sweet tea, lemonade
16oz. 1.75
Bottle of Spring Water
16oz. 3.55
Malts Add 0.5
Thick Creamy Milk Shakes
Vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, cherry, coffee banana, pineapple, and pina colada
BREAKFAST
6am-11am
BEN'S BIG BREAKFAST
Served with home fried potatoes, grits or apples, toast or biscuits, butter and jelly
4.85
2 Eggs Any Style
With toast, butter and jelly
5.2
3 Eggs Any Style
With toast, butter and jelly
7.55
Bacon Breakfast with 2 Eggs
7.55
Sausage Breakfast with 2 Eggs
7.55
Scrapple Breakfast with 2 Eggs
7.55
Half Smoke Breakfast with 2 Eggs
8.7
Salmon Cake Breakfast with 2 Eggs
8.3
Ham Breakfast with 2 Eggs
8.3
Corned Beef Hash Breakfast with 2 Eggs
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
American, Fast Food, Diner
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in DC for a couple of days, and a friend took us here. It’s not a large menu, but it is delicious. I had the Original Half Smoke - split & grilled. It was delicious. This is a must try for anyone visiting....More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank lbbydesign
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had our meal delivered to our hotel by GrubHub. It came very late, but the food was hot. I can't believe all the good reviews. The chili tastes like Hormel chili from a can with a little extra chili powder. My husband tried it...More

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Jen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here this afternoon and it was delicious. My salad was very fresh and husband's burger and fries were good. The chili was good just on the spicy side for me. Will definitely eat here again.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank tawill0513
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the restaurant in which President Obama got the lifetime membership, despite it called"chili", not "spicy" at all. It's more like a fast food shop with so many big fans, a very warmed family shop, they cooked burgers and hotdogs with a cheesesteak way,...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Augeas2019
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and service were great, there was a group of 5 of us and they even split the bill which was very helpful. Would definitely return for more cheese fries!

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank Leah S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ben’s Chili Bowl offers tasty food in a friendly atmosphere. On June 21, 2019 I ordered a vegetarian chili dog and a drink. I was surprised to receive a bag of potato chips with it, and when I stated I hadn’t ordered them was informed...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank James G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family stopped there with my brother in law. He insisted that we would love it, and we did. The burgers were great. The chili-cheese fries came without beans in the chili, and the fries themselves were just like I like them. The shop itself...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Brad L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a kid in the UK, you'd have an opinion of what a real hot dog would be like in your head. I'd never had anything near it. This surpassed it by miles. Absolutely delicious. You should not miss this place if you are visiting...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Manc_Dwarf
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to take a Lyft (only $8) up to the original Ben's Chili Bowl. And it was completely worth it. Great service and great food! The chili cheese fries were my favorite! Most people paid before they received their order, we had a large...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Michelle B
Reviewed June 15, 2019

Absolutely delicious food-the chili half-smoke was extremely tasty and so were the chili fries, but if you have a concern about your heart health, you may not want to venture here too often@ Definitely delicious, though. I hadn't tried a chili dog like the ones...More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Alecia W
August 27, 2018|
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Response from betty56797 | Reviewed this property |
Looks like you already have an answer but the half smokes with chili is the main reason to go. The best ever! There is a Bens 2 right next door that serves really great margaritas but you miss the atmosphere of the original... More
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April 11, 2017|
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Response from CritiCook | Reviewed this property |
Of course, but you will not have any problem because the efficient staff will resolves any doubt you may have, so just enjoy !!!
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tnelson121
March 17, 2016|
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Response from Johnny136 | Reviewed this property |
The fries and chili, both regular and vegetarian are gluten free. I'm gf and eat there regularly. I also get a half smoke in a plate, no bun, with the works. Ask them to split it and the grill it twice... Nice and crispy!
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