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“Good food and Great service!”
Review of Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl
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Ranked #18 of 346 Quick Bites in Washington DC
Price range: $0 - $7
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Takeout
Description: Ben's Chili Bowl is a black-owned American restaurant located in Washington, DC. Ben's Chili Bowl is a famous DC hot spot for American classics like half-smoked sausage, banana pudding, chili dogs, and even vegan chili. In part to our deeply rooted history, we've become a popular stop during tourist visits to the National Museum of African American History & Culture. We attract locals, tourists, and celebrities such as Barack Obama, Anthony Bourdain, and more. Stop by Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street for your favorite American classics, or book us for catering in the Washington, DC area.
Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

This place is a DC icon so u must stop in for a quick meal. We were a family of 6, everyone got chili dogs, chili cheese fries and drinks and our bill was around $65. It was very busy but the service amazing! There is counter service as well as sit down table service. Food was delicious too. Don't miss the murals on both sides of the outside of the building!

Date of visit: September 2016
Thank Sarah W
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Reviewed September 7, 2016

Any visit to DC should include this in your food hopping destinations. We were told that this place used to be frequented by the President (!).

The chili's are definitely tasty, and a visit to this place is pretty quick thanks to the staff and the servers. This is a great place to grab lunch - while waiting around do have a look at the wall which showcase some famous visitors and has unchanged old school interiors. Do try out the Smoked Dogs!

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank idolmind85
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Reviewed September 5, 2016

This place has been operating since 1958 and is quite famous. Decor is bright diner style with loud music. It is really a fast food joint with an upbeat ambiance. The food is inexpensive and served quickly. We had a chili dog, a half smoke with chili and a large chili for about $20. The food was ok, not bad and not great, and filling. Good for a quick, cheap bite.

Date of visit: September 2016
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Thank Eugene W
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Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

No visit to DC is complete without a respectful visit to BCB! Great friendly service (Americans love the British accent). Tasty hot dog, beautiful chilli, cheese, fries & beer what's not to like!

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank Nice1Chuck
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Reviewed September 1, 2016

Having lived in DC for a year, I only wish I had learned about the place sooner than I did. Now, every time I go back to visit, I make sure to go here! You walk in and feel like you've gone back in time, with the counters and stools and music. You order at the counter and they bring your food to you. Be prepared to wait in line. There has never been a time that it wasn't busy when I walked in. Don't let that deter you! It is worth the wait!!! My personal favorite is the chili cheese fries. They are always the same-delicious! Fun atmosphere, good food, and cheap prices. What more could you ask for??? GO HERE NOW!

Date of visit: October 2015
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Thank cjroma0218
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