I went on a quick trip to Washington DC recently, and I of course had to stop by the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl! You’ve probably seen it on the Food Network, Travel Channel and other TV show segments, but President Obama is also an occasional patron at this famous chili spot! Open since 1958, the walls are covered with pictures of celebrities throughtout the years who have grubbed at Ben’s- it’s a landmark with a lot of history and a must-go to when you’re in DC! See pictures below 🙂
Bill Cosby’s Original Chili Half-Smoke– $5.70
From the MENU:
“Our signature dish! Experience the Chili Half-Smoke, originally made famous by Ben’s in 1958 and a favorite of Mr. Cosby’s since the early 60’s. We put this 1/4lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun and top it with mustard, onions and our spicy homemade chili sauce.
Simple, yet so damn good! I usually like my hotdog with chili and cheese, but even though this didn’t have cheese, it was amazing and actually I didn’t even miss it! It was simple, flavorful and perfect! I loved the sausage instead of just a regular hot dog too. It was thicker and juicier and had good flavor. The chili was the perfect texture (not chunky) with a smokey flavor and had a little bit of a spicy kick to it. I loved the chili mixed in with the mustard and the onions gave it a crunch. It all just worked! Great chili dog!
*ME IN ACTION LOL*
Chili – Cheese Fries (The Works) – $5.70
Can’t go wrong with chili cheese fries. I already loved the chili, so mixed with nacho cheese is my heaven! Dirty and messy but so good. If you really like grub food, I don’t think you can’t get much better than this!I would definitely go back to Ben’s Chili Bowl next time I’m in Washington DC. It’s a must-go if you are there because of its history. The chili was great and they have plenty of other items on the menu I need to try! Be prepared to get down and dirty! It gets messy lol.
BEN’S CHILI BOWL
1213 U Street NW
Washington DC, 20009