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Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

Hot Dog Joint, Burger Joint, and Diner$$$$
U-Street, Washington
371 Tips and reviews
  • chili
  • chili half smoke
  • obama
  • bill cosby
  • good for a late night
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  • Annie M.
    Annie Matt3 weeks ago
    Great for late night food. Chilli cheese fries are the perfect way to the end the night. DC landmark
  • Mark R.
    Mark RussellNovember 18, 2017
    Chili Half Smoke combo is the real deal. It really doesn't need the cheese, which seemed like a cheese sauce. There are a few locations, but the original is the best, just for the history.
  • Sarah J P.
    Sarah J ParkerOctober 11, 2017
    Great dogs, great chilli, but not off the scale. More than decent veggie option and unique history make this place a safe bet in DC
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WalbeSeptember 15, 2017
    perfect for a late night meal after a show....or at anytime of the day
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsSeptember 3, 2017
    A must-visit in D.C. Get a chili dog.
  • Kendrick P.
    Kendrick PerryAugust 18, 2017
    The half smoke, all the way.
  • Tom M.
    Tom M.August 1, 2017
    The original chili half-smoked is to die for
  • Aman C.
    Aman CharyevJuly 30, 2017
    Chili cheese fries are amazing !
  • Louie L.
    Louie LouieJuly 21, 2017
    Chili is a powerful meal.
  • Honey R.
    Honey RushJuly 11, 2017
    Long wait to order because it's packed!! People were supper friendly. Great music. Nice to see the history of the restaurant and famous visitors
  • Vickie J.
    Vickie JohnsonJuly 11, 2017
    Great food and atmosphere. The staff was helpful and really nice! I'll definitely be coming back next time I'm here.
  • Дмитрий М.
    Delicious and normal price
  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth TubaughMay 6, 2017
    The food is okay but the ambiance is why you come here. It's an experience not to be missed.
  • Евгений П.
    Евгений П.April 23, 2017
    Nice meals;)
  • Finella Jianna V.
    Rice bowl is the best. Good service too! Above and beyond :)
  • Hadi
    HadiMarch 24, 2017
    A must-visit spot in your D.C. trip!
  • Gambino G.
    Gambino GiavagliaMarch 22, 2017
    Famous Ben's chilli bowl,I love it. Have been going here since I was a teenager,now my kids love it💯💪 Always a great outing when we come to Bens...
  • Jean Philippe B.
    Can't miss the chili half-smoke dog
  • Adam L.
    Adam LangdonFebruary 19, 2017
    Went here with a castmate, so so so good!
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime SunwooDecember 11, 2016
    Half smoke with chili, onions, & mustard. Yum yum yum. The owner there looks so regal. 👑🌭
  • Marc N.
    Marc NgNovember 10, 2016
    Well worth a trip. Maybe not the size of portions you might expect in the States but tasty.
  • David W.
    David WeathersbyOctober 20, 2016
    Great chili in this historical restaurant.
  • Mabelle S.
    Mabelle SantosOctober 19, 2016
    Chili half-smoke is a must try!
  • Marcus
    MarcusOctober 16, 2016
    Try the Banana Milkshake - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Marcus
    MarcusOctober 16, 2016
    Try the Chili Half-Smoke - Delicious! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Brenda A.
    Brenda AndrewsOctober 12, 2016
    Best place for late night food in the District. Ran into several friends from Detroit.
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.October 3, 2016
    Half-smoke, chili burger sub.
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 12, 2016
    Believe the hype, friendly service and amazing food. The smoke chilli half is incredible.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    The Chili Half-smoke is why you come to this DC landmark!
  • Kustom K.
    Kustom KaneApril 27, 2016
    Yeah chilli cheese fries are a go!
  • Pui Hong A.
    Pui Hong AngApril 8, 2016
    Famous historical landmark for good reasons.
  • Lizzie H.
    Lizzie HatfieldMarch 27, 2016
    Get the chili dog and chili cheese fries!
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 15, 2016
    Why Ben's Chili Bowl? A historical place in DC, great late night meals, spicy chili, friendly staff. My favorite place to have a hot dog in town
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 2, 2016
    hotdog pedas rupanya
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisFebruary 16, 2016
    Been around for a long time
  • Jérôme T.
    Jérôme TomasiniFebruary 9, 2016
    You can't go wrong with the Chili Half-Smoke hotdog. Add up more calories with the Chili French fries. The vanilla thick milkshake will sweeten the chili burn.
  • Julia A.
    Julia AsakawaFebruary 5, 2016
    Delicious chili dog, worth a visit
  • Emmanuel G.
    Emmanuel GalvanJanuary 23, 2016
    I LOVED IT !!! Obama was here ! 👦🏿 the chili is AMAZING!
  • Mehdi F.
    Mehdi FarokhniaJanuary 18, 2016
    Everything is awesome here!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen S. P.December 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    There's a reason everybody orders the chili cheese half smoke. Also, the vegetarian chili is great if that's your thing.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RDecember 14, 2015
    Late night half smoke, of course.
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigOctober 26, 2015
    The half smokes were to die for. Best dog ever!
  • Terrea M.
    Terrea MitchellOctober 17, 2015
    Had the breakfast. Bacon was crispy but not burned.
  • Ryan&Karen
    Ryan&KarenOctober 13, 2015
    Not bad at all. Very crowded not a fancy place. Take cash! No credit accepted. Tasty spicy chili but I have had better. $20 for chili cheese fries two chili dogs and tea. Just right portions.
  • Macka J.
    Macka JonesSeptember 26, 2015
    Make sure you get the original Half-Smoke...its the TRUTH!!!!
  • Ivy Agnes N.
    Ivy Agnes NguyenSeptember 14, 2015
    I never had chili that was this good. Right amount of 'tang' to the taste!
  • Ronald J.
    Ronald JoshuaSeptember 12, 2015
    Chili burger.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GJuly 20, 2015
    Vegetarian? You have to try the veggie chili and/or veggie chili dog. Life changing.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsJuly 11, 2015
    Awesome food. Go to the ATM beforehand, though - no cards.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HoweJuly 3, 2015
    Good, cheap food - go for the half smoke for the best hotdog. Their homemade lemonade is also delicious.
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