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Ben's Chili Bowl

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$0
CUISINES
American, Fast Food, Diner
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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Menu

$4.85
2 Egg Breakfast
2Eggs any style with your choice of side (potatoes, grits or apples), toast or biscuit, butter or jelly
$5.20
3 Egg Breakfast
3 Eggs any style with your choice of side (potatoes, grits or apples), toast or biscuit, butter or jelly
$7.55
Bacon Breakfast
With 2 eggs any style, your choice of side (potatoes, grits or apples), toast or biscuit, butter or jelly
$7.55
Sausage Breakfast
With 2 eggs any style, your choice of side (potatoes, grits or apples), toast or biscuit, butter or jelly
$7.55
Scrapple Breakfast
With 2‏ eggs any style, your choice of side (potatoes, grits or apples), toast or biscuit, butter or jelly
$7.55
Half-Smoke Breakfast
With 2 eggs any style, your choice of side (potatoes, grits or apples), toast or biscuit, butter or jelly
$8.70
Salmon Cake Breakfast with 2 Eggs
A Southern treat! Two of our homemade salmon cakes, served with 2 eggs, a side and toast
$8.30
Ham Breakfast with 2 Eggs
A square of lightly cooked ham with 2 eggs, a side and toast
$8.30
Corned Beef Hash Breakfast with 2 Eggs
A generous portion of corned beef hash served up with 2 eggs, a side and toast
HOT CAKE AND FRENCH TOAST BREAKFASTS‏
$7.55
Blueberry $+1.60
Chocolate Chip Hot Cakes $+1.60
Hot Cakes with Meat
3 Golden hot cakes served with your choice of bacon, sausage, half-smoke or scrapple, and your choice of home fries, apples or grits. (2 Eggs can be substituted for your side dish).
$6.95
Blueberry $+1.60
Chocolate Chip Hot Cakes $+1.60
Hot Cakes with Eggs
3 Golden hot cakes served with 2 eggs any style and your choice of home fries, apples or grits.
$7.55
Blueberry $+1.60
Chocolate Chip Hot Cakes $+1.60
French Toast with Meat
3 Pieces‏ of ben’s french toast served with your choice of bacon, sausage, half-smoke or scrapple, and your choice of home fries, apples or grits. 2 Eggs can be substituted for your side dish.
$6.95
Blueberry $+1.60
Chocolate Chip Hot Cakes $+1.60
French Toast with Eggs
3 Pieces of french toast served with 2 eggs any style and your choice of home fries, apples or grits.
SANDWICHES
$4.55
Bacon and Egg Sandwich
$4.55
Sausage and Egg Sandwich
$4.15
Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich
$5.85
Ham and Egg Sandwich
$5.45
Ham and Cheese Sandwich
$6.00
Salmon Cake and Egg Sandwich
$3.00
Egg Sandwich
$3.40
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
$5.15
Ham Sandwich
$5.20
Salmon Sandwich with no egg
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Asked for vegetarian chili and they kept giving us chili with meat. They said it was tofu, but there was no way it was tofu. Then they said they didn't have what we were requesting.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank mgoble13
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very simple place at the U St, traditional for its hot dogs. The owner Ben witnessed the racial conflicts in the 60s. Martin Luther King, Ella Fitzgerald and more recently Obama, figures among the clients. Really good food.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Mariana L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Simply the best unique chili dogs and half smokes, don’t miss the cake either. Usually have to wait but absolutely worth it !

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank marshh2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I guess it's sort of famous? I thought it was fine but nothing I'd ever need to return for. The spicy half smoke was very good, but the chili was barely warm and the folks working could not cared less if anyone was there. The...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Harry R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great place. I prefer the veggie burger (with cheese). Shared coleslaw and fries. Ate everything. Probably shouldn’t have but it was delicious.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank person777
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Historical, cool, and the best hotdog of my life. In this place you can found pictures of Obama, bono vox etc. we had a great time. And i had to ask for another hotdog because was crazy to leave that place without bringing the memory...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank newyorkinitaliano
Reviewed February 15, 2019

First, if you don't like chill dogs, you won't like Ben's. You need be fan of hot dogs, sausage foods and chili. We had the classic Chili Half Smoke with fries and a soda. We ate at the counter. It was a great chili dog....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Joseph M
Reviewed January 30, 2019

I was so looking forward to this, but wow it was a disappointment. First of all, they have the strangest workflow. They took my order as soon as I got in. They took other peoples as well. Then, 10 minutes later, we all got our...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank MKB1701
Reviewed January 25, 2019

The chilli maybe Hormell chilli its almost identical. It's very spicy and flavorless. Also the fries are soggy, the cheese is decent, but not something to remember forever. The worst part about the U street location besides that it's filthy and disgusting, is the horrible...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank nicolepipenberg
Reviewed January 25, 2019 via mobile

I had the Chili Cheese Half Smoke and it was delicious! Not only is the food amazing, but the restaurant is a community hub. Add in the rich history associated with Ben's and you have a meaningful and tastey experience! Sorry I was too busy...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank miacoupon2011
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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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juliehF4240WL
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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