Neighborhood Eats: Ben's Chili Bowl
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Ben's Chili Bowl
Address: 1213 U Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-667-0909
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Diner, Deli/Quick Bites, American, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 6 AM to 2 AM, Friday 6 AM to 4 AM, Saturday 7 AM to 4 AM, Sunday 11 AM to 11 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U St./African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Chili hot dogs and half-smokes with mustard and chopped onions; chili burger; fries; two-egg breakfast with bacon and a biscuit; pancakes.
Price Details: Burgers, hot dogs, and sandwiches, $3.25 to $7.40.

Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald used to hang out at “the Bowl.” A former pool hall with Formica tabletops and the original stools from when it opened 50 years ago, Ben’s is very much a local fixture. Chili-slathered hot dogs with mustard and chopped onion are everything they should be, and half smokes—bigger and spicier than a regular dog—are one of DC’s contributions to the culinary hall of fame. Thick shakes are mighty fine, too.

-March, 2008 

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