Taste of DC: Ben’s Chili Bowl

Whenever I’m visiting DC, I make an effort to stop by Ben’s Chili Bowl. Located on U Street, DC’s historically black neighborhood that is undergoing hyper-gentrification, this venerable institution still stands. It survived the 1968 riots in the wake of MLK’s assassination and is looking like it will survive gentrification to remain a staple of the black community and larger DC community. This restaurant continues to play a large role in the community by serving locals, celebrities such as Bill Cosby, and Presidents Obama and Sarkozy of France.

Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street in Washington, DC

Ben’s Half-Smoke and cheese fries

Ben’s has also expanded to open Ben’s Next Door, which is next door, to provide a more formal dining experience. The food is great there too-and they serve their famous half-smokes there too!

Please check out the story of Ben’s here: The History of Ben’s Chili Bowl. When in DC, you owe it to yourself to visit this piece of our nation’s history!


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