When visiting our nation’s capital and looking for a solid lunch with some history thrown in, hop on the Metro and head to U Street.
Housed in an old silent movie house, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been serving up greasy goodness since 1958. The heritage of this place is undeniable. A look at the famous faces on the walls inside and out tell the story. Everyone from entertainers, athletes and world leaders have sat down for a hearty meal at Ben’s, including President Barack Obama.
Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads, and Ben’s world-famous homemade chili are all on the menu. The Original Chili Half-Smoke (a half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun topped with mustard, onions and spicy chili sauce) remains the best-seller at this Washington, DC institution. While owner Ben Ali passed away a few years back, the restaurant continues to thrive with original counters, booths, stools and the same secret recipe for Ben’s delicious chili.