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“A DC road food must.”
Review of Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl
Ranked #76 of 3,257 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $7
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Takeout
Neighborhood: U Street Corridor
Weehawken, New Jersey
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“A DC road food must.”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

Ya just gotta do it! I had the Obama special (which is a smoked link) and a bowl of chili. Heck that guy's thin and in good shape so I figured it couldn't hurt me! All's good, but watch out for the sweet tea. Sweet is an understatement becuse Ben's sweet tea is like liquid sugar.

Visited January 2013
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Millersville, Maryland
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“Finally got to try Ben's half smoke chili dogs”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

A land mark in DC area that I am so glad we finally tried. The service was great, loved the dogs, the chili and the chocolate shake! Bought some to take home for the rest of the family!

Visited March 2013
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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148 reviews
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“I'm still addicted to the chili at Ben's Chili Bowl”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

Was in DC this week, and I hit Ben's Chili Bowl. This week, I got the same seat that President Obama sat in at Ben's. The chili was superb, and it was a welcome stop. Ben's has style, that's for sure.

  • Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Grab Hot Dogs for Lunch.”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

I went in to get carry out, two hot dogs for lunch with someone else. I have been there many times but not often. Most of my friends and family really seemed to like the Half Smokes. Service was prompt. I have never sat down in there.

Visited September 2012
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
112 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
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“Great food and service. Bad locals.”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Been here several times and never had bad food or bad service. 1. Know what you are walking into. 2. Be ready to order and if possible have someone grab a seat because seating is limited.

2. The later you go the more it gets filled with jerks who cut in line and then yell at you for calling them on it. Maybe I, and then other people, were jerks but when the line is out the door and you cut it's bull. And then you get to the front and complain about your food??

Go during the day.

  • Visited January 2013
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