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“Not fancy, but fabulous food!”
Review of Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl
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Ranked #19 of 330 Quick Bites in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $7
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Takeout
Description: Virginia Ali is now 86 years old and she started the restaurant with her husband Ben when she was only 24. On August 22, 2019, Ben’s Chili Bowl will turn 61. But it’s not just a birthday for Ben’s, it’s a celebration of DC’s African American history, culture, and character. It’s a celebration of our city, and U Street’s resilience. Presidents, celebrities, neighbors and people from around the world have all enjoyed Ben's signature Half-Smoke, chili cheese fries, burgers and milkshakes.
Reviewed June 8, 2017

My husband and I read about Ben's Chili Bowl and decided we had to give it a try. So very happy we did!..Tons of celebrities and politicians (including Obama) have eaten there. They are the original home of "half smokes", which is a pork and beef sausage on a steamed bun covered with homemade chili and onions. They cost just $5.95. Absolutely delicious! They also have hot dogs, hamburgers, chili and salads. The french fries were great and so were the milkshakes. Good bye diet that day. Not at all fancy, but the people were friendly and service was excellent. If ever back in Washington, I'd be there in a heartbeat!

Date of visit: June 2017
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Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2017

Dear Patricia,
Thank you so much for the great review and description of Ben's Chili Bowl! We are so very happy and thankful you decided to visit after reading about us, and that you thoroughly enjoyed everything you ordered! We absolutely cannot wait for your next visit whenever you are back in DC!
Our Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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Reviewed June 1, 2017

Ben's half smokes are awesome. We made a trip to the north side of DC just to try one. The hype is legit.

Date of visit: March 2017
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Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2017

We truly appreciate you taking the time to come over and give us a shot! Our famous half smokes are always a fan favorite and we are thrilled you enjoyed it! We look forward to serving you again very soon.
Our Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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Reviewed May 26, 2017

Had to try Bens Chili bowl. If these are hotdogs then I don't know what I was eating before. The taste is great, the employees are very cool.

Date of visit: May 2017
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Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2017

We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us your review as well as the kind words. We do hope you will make another stop to see us soon. Try the Half Smoke next time you come by. Thank you again!
Our Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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Reviewed May 23, 2017

Anytime I'm in DC, I stop in Ben's. Have always enjoyed the half smokes with chili and cheese, mustard, and onions. Sometimes I'll also get the chili burger with cheese as well, like I did for this review. didn't disappoint

One thing I will say is that prices for a quick burger or chili dog are higher than in comparable other cities(I can compare it to The Varsity here in ATL for example), but the half smoke is a bigger hotdog. Sometimes service can be slow, like it was this last time, but they are super friendly and pretty efficient once you actually get to put in your order. If you eat there, sit in one of the booths for faster service. But it was the usual good Ben's experience. Also try their milkshakes. If you go to this location, it's right across from the Metro train station & the Lincoln Theater

Date of visit: May 2017
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Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2017

We truly appreciate you taking the time to leave us your review. As we know we can be busy at times, we pride ourselves on our homemade family style cooking and hope that you enjoyed the atmosphere while you waited. Come back again to see us when you're in the area!
Our Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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Reviewed May 22, 2017

There is no Chili Dog like a Ben's Chili Dog. The best in town and the best out of town. Chili Dog with mustard and fresh onions. It doesn't get any better than that.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Nizam A, Owner at Ben's Chili Bowl, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2017

Thank you kindly for your lovely review. We hope you will come back for another Chili Dog again soon so we can earn that 5th star from you. Please be sure to say hello the next time you are in!
Our Warmest Regards,
The Ben's Family

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