The Best Thing We Ate in Washington, D.C.: The Chili Half-Smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl
Just Chasing Rabbits March 9, 2016
Ben’s Chili Bowl, located in Washington, D.C., is one of those iconic restaurants that I’ve heard about so many times that I associate it with the name of its city.
Mark and Jenni ready to eat chili half-smokes at Ben's Chili Bowl
When you go to DC, you gotta have a chili half-smoke at Ben’s! When you eat at Ben’s, you’ll be joining the likes of people from Larry King to Larry the Cable Guy, Chris Rock to Ludacris. Even President Obama loves this place!

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Mural outside of Ben's Chili Bowl featuring President Obama
Ben’s is easily recognized by the bright and colorful mural painted outside!

I have read about this place in numerous articles and seen it on Travel Channel. We knew we had to give this place a try for ourselves. Basically, we’ve found that following in the footsteps of Man vs. Food‘s Adam Richman is a smart thing to do.

Opened in 1958 in the historic U Street Corridor of Washington, D.C. by Ben and Virginia Ali, Ben’s Chili Bowl is still going strong in the same building with the same chili recipe!

Mark and Jenni ready to dig in to these dogs!

What’s the verdict? The chili half-smoke is mouth-watering delicious. I could have eaten my weight in them! (I only had one. And chips. And cake.)

While Ben’s does serve both beef and pork hot dogs, the chili half-smoke is the best of both: half and half! It’s topped with onions, mustard, and then smothered in their wonderfully spicy chili!

Ben’s is definitely on my list of Best Places to Get a Hot Dog! Okay, so this list may not officially exist just yet, but I still have more hot dogs and chili dogs to try!

See Related: The Unique and Delicious Hot Dog Choices at Pink’s Hot Dog Stand

*ALSO I will recommend checking out Union Station if you’re not sure what you’re hungry for. They have a huge food court with just about anything (fast food) you can think of!

Have you eaten at Ben’s Chili Bowl? What’s your favorite item on the menu? Do you have another favorite hot dog restaurant that we should try? Let us know in the comments below!


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The Best Thing We Ate in Washington, D.C.: The Chili Half-Smoke at Ben's Chili Bowl


Jennifer is the founder of Just Chasing Rabbits travel blog. She lives in Mississippi with husband/travel companion, Mark, and doggie-daughter, Gizmo. After obtaining a BA degree in studio art and working in the field of photography for years, Jenni has combined her love of travel and photography to form this blog. Mark and Jenni share their experiences in hopes of inspiring others to have wonderful adventures and see the world.
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