Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009


Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw

Cuisines: Diner, American, Breakfast, Deli/Quick Bites

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 Street/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.

Neighborhood Eats: Ben's Chili Bowl

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