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Ben's Chili Bowl

Ben's Chili Bowl

Hot Dog Joint, Burger Joint, and Diner$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • It might be Memorial Day, but it looks like this place is open!
  • Amy G.
    "Grab a chili half smoke with everything and some chili cheese fries!"(20 Tips)
    "everyone from Ella Fitzgerald to President Obama"(16 Tips)
    Mike W.
    "Order a bill Cosby with everything and chili cheese fries"(11 Tips)
    Henrique A.
    "Try the Bens Original Half Smoked Chili Dog - Mixed beef and pork"(27 Tips)
357 Tips and reviews
  • chili
  • chili half smoke
  • obama
  • bill cosby
  • good for a late night
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  • Kenneth T.
    Kenneth Tubaugh3 weeks ago
    The food is okay but the ambiance is why you come here. It's an experience not to be missed.
  • Евгений П.
    Nice meals;)
  • Finella Jianna V.
    Rice bowl is the best. Good service too! Above and beyond :)
  • Hadi
    HadiMarch 24
    A must-visit spot in your D.C. trip!
  • Gambino G.
    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
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Julia L.
    Julia Lord NickleDecember 22, 2014
    Get the half-smoke.
  • KStreet202 D.
    KStreet202 DC Real-Estate BrokerDecember 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This place never gets old! The half smokes with all toppings is amazing. Don't want a hotdog the smothered fries ( veggie Chilli or regular) is something to write home about. Seriously
  • Ab
    AbDecember 18, 2014
    Super "famous" at this point, but I'm not sure the folks who run it have noticed. The food's great, unhealthy but delish
  • Alex D.
    Alex DobyanDecember 11, 2014
    It's tourist kitschy, but good for a late night.
  • Jan O.
    Jan ORNovember 4, 2014
    Fabulous hotdogs!
  • Ursula J.
    Ursula JunqueOctober 26, 2014
    Chili cheese fries!
  • Randi C.
    Randi CorneliusOctober 25, 2014
    The half smoke and the veggie chili
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattOctober 10, 2014
    Don't miss the half-smoke.
    ROBERTSeptember 28, 2014
    Hot dogs chill and milk shakes
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillSeptember 27, 2014
    One of my guilty pleasures when in DC.
  • Cara
    CaraSeptember 19, 2014
    A half smoke is obviously classic, but the best conduit for their legendary chili is definitely some fries. Plenty to share and absolutely killer, drunk or sober.
  • Pepe C.
    Pepe CharlemagneSeptember 12, 2014
    Tasty Food, good value
  • Marcus R.
    Marcus ReedSeptember 6, 2014
    The chili was awesome!
  • Christopher K.
    Christopher KopenecSeptember 6, 2014
    Long lines but worth it. Especially at like 3am. CASH ONLY!!
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubensteinSeptember 6, 2014
    Loved the chili cheese fries and half smoke!
  • Jimmy K.
    Jimmy KastnerSeptember 4, 2014
    It's the perfect place to hit after a game. Chili dogs hit the spot, but prepare for a long line and no seats.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Ben's Chili Bowl as seen on Man vs Food Read more
  • Alaa S.
    Alaa ShakerAugust 26, 2014
    One of the must-try stops in U St if not in DC. Cash only!
  • Maurice E.
    Maurice EdwardsAugust 18, 2014
    Half- Smoke, Chili Dog or Chili Burger you can't go wrong
  • Luis J.
    Luis JimenezAugust 13, 2014
    Disorganized staff for a landmark restaurant. Not very impressed.
  • Edward P.
    Edward PetrushAugust 11, 2014
    Chili cheese fries!
  • Ayo
    AyoAugust 10, 2014
    Long lines. Very crowded
  • Chris L.
    Chris LowryAugust 7, 2014
    Half-smoke and cheese fries with chili!
  • E. P.
    E. PerryAugust 7, 2014
    Veggie chili is good here actually. It's all about hot dogs and half smokes at 1am.
  • Ken P.
    Ken Pierre IIAugust 7, 2014
    Great landmark in DC! The chili dog is amazing!! This is a great location to get a taste of what makes Washington DC! The line is long but it goes incredibly fast!
  • Kriz A.
    Kriz AlinAugust 6, 2014
    Get a half smoke!
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Call it a hot dog and we’re going to whup you two ways to K Street. A “half smoke” kicks sand in the face of your traditional wiener. It’s beefier, spicier, and a whole lot tastier. Read more
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    It’s an amazingly simple concept and the food is simply amazing. My favorite is the good ole chili dog. Yum! Read more
  • Madhu V.
    Madhu VulimiriJune 25, 2014
    You gotta get the chili fries.
  • Desiree
    DesireeJune 18, 2014
    It's all about the Half-Smoke!
  • Paul F.
    Paul Fulton-WoodsJune 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Breakfast is the best...lots of good food.
  • Walter W.
    Walter WhitakerMay 27, 2014
    pricey for what it is but very good! cash only and reminds me of my favorite dive back home!
  • Douglas P.
    Douglas PaulMay 26, 2014
    Ignore the details. This spot is cash only. CASH ONLY!!
  • Carl B.
    Carl BleichMay 25, 2014
    Half smoke is delicious. Not a place to eat healthy but it doesn't claim to be either.
  • Troy R.
    Troy Robinson™May 24, 2014
    Parking in the back. Not sure how to get to the back.
  • Kawana H.
    Kawana HartApril 19, 2014
    Classic chilli dog and the chilli cheese fries
  • Stephanie
    StephanieApril 16, 2014
    Ben's is a place you MUST visit ! #foodRoyals
  • Ralph C.
    Ralph CooperApril 3, 2014
    Ben' smoke... It's an institution.
  • Ian A.
    Ian AuldMarch 24, 2014
    Great place to eat. Cash only.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YaniskoMarch 15, 2014
    Half smoke all the way. Only way to do it. Nothing like anything else anywhere else, ever. Nothing better. I stop here after a 13 hour shift because if I'm here, I can't miss the chance to eat several
  • Ted S.
    Ted SindlingerMarch 8, 2014
    Obviously get the chili and dry the hot dogs
  • Chad M.
    Chad MurrayFebruary 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Eat the Half Smoke with chili and everything on it! Just do it!
  • Philip C.
    Philip ChambersFebruary 15, 2014
    Soooooo good.
  • Rapiszal R.
    Rapiszal RusliMarch 2, 2016
    obama pun suka makan kat sini rupanya
  • Elena L.
    Elena LagoMarch 12, 2015
    Il miglior chili che si possa mai mangiare, INEGUAGLIABILE ! ! !
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