Ben’s Chili Bowl, in Washington DC, is famous for having a sign that used to read, “Only Bill Cosby Eats for Free”. That changed recently to include the Obama Family too. We recently ate at Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC. It was just after the November ’08 election, and sure enough the sign was there. We went there late on a Friday night, and the pics in the gallery below are the ones we took.
I f you’ve ever been in South Philly, and experienced the whole Pat’s / Geno’s cheesesteak phenomenom, you’ve got a good idea of what Ben’s is like on weekend nights.
This was just as much an experience as it was a dining out event. What a great experience as well as delicious food! Ben’s Chili Bowl is an historic place – entering their 51st year. Located on “U” Street in Northwest DC, it was the lone survivor in it’s neighborhood to make it through the riots of the 1960’s, and survived major construction at it’s steps of the DC Metro.
It’s a favorite haunt of Bill Cosby, whom is rumored to always get some food from Ben’s whenever he’s in the area. Whether in person, or by courier, Cosby has to have Ben’s. As I wrote this, just 1 day after the inauguration of Obama, Ben’s website was down due to so much traffic. They have a great little site with historic pics, time-lines, history etc. [note: site is back up and running] The most popular item there is the “half smoke” sausage. Meaning, it’s made of half beef and half pork. Check out the rest of the pics in the gallery below to see them grilled in the front window of the shop. If you’ve ever been in South Philly, and experienced the whole Pat’s / Geno’s cheesesteak phenomenom, you’ve got a good idea of what Ben’s is like on weekend nights. But when all is said and done, the chili half-smoke is like a “kicked-up” chili dog from your favorite dog palace. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to display a gallery of pics. Enjoy! [nggallery id=2]
Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St NW Washington DC 20009