Travel Channel 11/15/10The half-smoke is a half-pork, half-beef sausage native to DC, generously covered with Ben's chili. The result – unparalleled deliciousness. – Adam Richman, Man v. Food
Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Situated in DC’s trendy U Street section NW, Ben’s Chili Bowl has existed since 1958, yes 1958! Who would have guessed that this local hot-dog place would be nationally recognized? Noted for their chili-half smokes, and chili dogs, no wonder it has become a forefront for celebrities and elite Washingtonian politicians. With a love of what some of us may consider fast food,here in DC, Ben’s is the place to be! With great company and a big appetite, it’s not difficult to see why Ben’s Chili Bowl far surpasses your local hot dog stand.
Eats & Drinks
The eats of this famous place include breakfast specials to lunch of course.Eat like Bill Cosby by trying Bill Cosby’s Original Chili-Half Smoke.This smokin' delight consists of mouth-watering pork and sausage ingredients. Who can resist this delectable, sink-your-teeth- into special ? Besides the Cosby, for those prefer not to eat one of their delicious dogs, veggie chili’s dogs and other combinations are available.
The ambiance of Ben’s offers customers a 1950’s atmosphere featuring shining red chairs, with black and white checkered floors. Historical photos of Ben’s as well as celebrities add to this known landmark. While simple ceiling mounted lighting add to the 1950’s touch. Place your order, at this fast-food counter while grabbing a table, because tables fill up quickly. Suitable for big groups, Ben’s is able to accommodate everyone’s growling stomachs with a great meal, and great atmosphere.
Celebrities who chowed down at Ben's include : President Barack Obama, Russell Crowe,Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker,Bono, and Anthony A. Williams.
Eater 7/28/11An iconic Washington establishment, Ben's Chili Bowl is well-suited for late-night half-smoke cravings. [Eater 38 Member]
Jonathan H.3/15/09Head to Ben's Chili Bowl, grab a chili half-smoke
BeBlogalicious 4/16/10Bring cash!
DC After Five 11/14/10They pour grease over the hotdogs. So good!