Ben’s Chili Bowl: A DC Establishment

Ben’s Chili Bowl: A DC Establishment

Have you ever heard of Ben’s Chili Bowl? The first time I was introduced to this magical place was when I read about it over at the Ginger Side of Life. That was in October of last year and I took my first trip to DC in November. We were only there for a short weekend and we didn’t make it over to Ben’s. Now that we’re here for the summer, I knew it would be one of the first stops. Plus, you can always count Ivan in for chili dogs.1

Anyways, Ben’s is kind of a landmark. Well, I guess it technically is? Everyone loves Ben’s – Barrack Obama, Bill Cosby, Larry King, Hilary Clinton and of course, me. It was also featured on two travel channel shows – “Man Vs. Food” and “No Reservations”.

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The menu is pretty simple – you got things like burgers, fries and hot dogs smothered in chili. Just got with it. Put chili on everything. I promise, it’s fantastic. ¬†They also have “healthy options” which mostly consists of vegetarian chili & turkey burger replacements. There is also a breakfast menu, but we went at night, so I can’t really comment on that.
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I had the “Ben’s Famous All Meat Chili Dog” (chili, mustard, onions) and chili cheese fries. Don’t judge. The chili has a great spice to it – I went through my pop pretty fast. Oh well, that’s the way it should be.

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If you’re in the DC area, I’d suggest you check this joint out. It’s pretty affordable and delicious. Plus, it’s just plain fun.

They are opening a new location right down the street from us, so hopefully it will open before we leave!

  • So fun that you actually get to experience a place you read about – and experience it on a regular basis. A big bowl of chili sounds really good right now, even though it’s probably 90* here!

    • Claire, it was sooo good. It was somewhere around 80 degrees when we went and I loved every bite. I cannot wait to go back :)

  • So happy to hear that you went to Ben’s Chili Bowl and enjoyed it! It is the best feeling in the world when a blog recommendation is taken! So thank you for going :) You made my day haha!

    Chelsea
    Ginger Side of Life

    • haha well I’m glad I could make your day! It was so good! I would eat there all the time if I could :)

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