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Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

Hot Dog Joint, Burger Joint, and Diner$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • Amy G.
    "Grab a chili half smoke with everything and some chili cheese fries!"(20 Tips)
    "... Cosby, and now, Obama, who ordered what every guide book would..."(16 Tips)
    Mike W.
    "Order a bill Cosby with everything and chili cheese fries"(12 Tips)
    Henrique A.
    "Try the Bens Original Half Smoked Chili Dog - Mixed beef and pork"(27 Tips)
350 Tips and reviews
  • chili
  • chili half smoke
  • obama
  • bill cosby
  • good for a late night
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  • Marc N.
    Marc Ng3 weeks ago
    Well worth a trip. Maybe not the size of portions you might expect in the States but tasty.
  • David W.
    Great chili in this historical restaurant.
  • Mabelle S.
    Mabelle SantosOctober 19
    Chili half-smoke is a must try!
  • Marcus
    MarcusOctober 16
    Try the Banana Milkshake - (via @Foodspotting)
  • Marcus
    MarcusOctober 16
    Try the Chili Half-Smoke - Delicious! (via @Foodspotting)
  • Brenda A.
    Brenda AndrewsOctober 12
    Best place for late night food in the District. Ran into several friends from Detroit.
  • Michael S.
    Michael S.October 3
    Half-smoke, chili burger sub.
  • John B.
    John BoothJuly 12
    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
    Yeah chilli cheese fries are a go!
  • Pui Hong A.
    Famous historical landmark for good reasons.
  • Lizzie H.
    Get the chili dog and chili cheese fries!
  • Kurt H.
    Kurt HaaMarch 15
    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.
    hotdog pedas rupanya
  • Tim H.
    Tim HarrisFebruary 16
    Been around for a long time
  • Jérôme T.
    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
    Delicious chili dog, worth a visit
  • Emmanuel G.
    Emmanuel GalvanJanuary 23
    I LOVED IT !!! Obama was here ! 👦🏿 the chili is AMAZING!
  • Mehdi F.
    Mehdi FarokhniaJanuary 18
    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.
  • D R.
    D RollinsJuly 3, 2015
    Chili dogs
  • Erika L.
    Erika LJune 22, 2015
    Surprisingly good vegetarian options!
  • HashtagNYU
    HashtagNYUJune 19, 2015
    SO GOOD. MUST GO. Read more
  • Bill S.
    Bill ShefteJune 19, 2015
    Learn about the history of this place
  • Jason F.
    Jason FontanaJune 16, 2015
    Try Bill Cosby's favorite!
  • Sabah A.
    Sabah AlSabahMay 17, 2015
    The best chilli and hot dogs in Washington.
  • Juan M.
    Juan MontoyaMay 8, 2015
    Great late night food...gotta get the iconic half smoke, chilli cheese fries, and chilli cheese dog!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikMay 4, 2015
    If you want your chili dog with cheese, you gotta say so.
  • Mark N.
    Try the Half-Smoke Chili Hot Dog - Half Smoke Chili Dog at the famous Ben's Chili Bowl in Washington DC (via @Foodspotting)
  • John P.
    John PaterakisApril 17, 2015
    Cash only.
  • Diego R.
    Diego ReynosoApril 15, 2015
    Best chilli dogs around
  • Guadalupe R.
    Guadalupe RodriguezMarch 16, 2015
    For some reason I was very disappointed this time. The chili tasted very generic and it's scary to walk outside. Do not go alone.
  • Spazzo
    SpazzoMarch 16, 2015
    Half smoke, veggie chili and Chili👍
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MayneMarch 6, 2015
    They will bring you strawberry shortcake if it's your birthday... Just don't attempt to leave before they bring it to you!
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 5, 2015
    Two words: CHILI FRIES
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceMarch 3, 2015
    I'm not even a little bit of a fan of this place. It's trashy food that's terrible for everyone. But I still come here because it's unique to the U Street area.
  • Brian D.
    Brian DuckworthFebruary 21, 2015
    This place is so good
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasFebruary 3, 2015
    Only come here if you have never been here before, new to dc or there is no line. This is a great late night spot but don't expect the best chili you've ever had.
  • Stuart R.
    Stuart RosenbergJanuary 19, 2015
    Get the chili half smoke with chips. Too much food if u get the fries.
  • Paddy
    PaddyJanuary 2, 2015
    From what I hear this place is a DC staple. The "famous" half-smoke was delicious. The chili is more savoury than it is spicy. More like a stew than any chili I've had before but was still excellent.
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