Ben's Chili Bowl
Washington, DC
Iconic Half-Smokes & Chili Since 1958
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The celebrity (and presidential) photos on the wall are clear indications of Ben's Chili Bowl's city landmark status, but the continuous lines out the door are evidence that the restaurant's chili cheese dogs are some of the best in the country. But those in the know don’t just order "dogs," they get the Half Smoke: a half-pork, half-beef smoked sausage which is a native D.C. specialty.

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Introduction

Just about every touring food show has paid a visit to Ben’s Chili bowl, and it’s not hard to see why. Between their amazing food and fascinating history, it’s no surprise Ben’s has stood the test of time since opening in 1958. In the 1960’s, Ben’s stood as a safe haven during the race riots for both police and protesters, solidifying its place in African-American history. Among other rewards, Ben’s made the list of Smithsonian’s 20 Best Food Destinations Across America, and in 2004, the James Beard Foundation named Ben's one of the "down-home eateries that have carved out a special place on the American culinary landscape."

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About The Food

Here they are: the legendary Half-Smokes that, when paired and smothered with Ben's Chili Sauce become the perfect addition to any cookout or gathering. Ben’s “Half smokes” are half pork/half beef smoked sausages that are equally enjoyable on their own, or smothered with their famous Chili con Carne. A natural casing gives every sausage that crisp snap you love. Add some mustard and onions, then dig in for a real taste of DC.

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Meet The Owner

Founder Ben Ali was born in Trinidad in 1927 and came to the US as a student in 1945 after being raised in the city of San Juan. In 1958, after a back injury halted his studies at dentistry school, he and his fiancée, Virginia Rollins opened Ben’s Chili Bowl just seven weeks before their wedding. Coming from Trinidad, he wanted to bring spice to the U.S. and fuse it with an American favorite. What he ended up with would draw crowds of people from all walks of life and social status for decades to come. From the tumult of the late 60’s race riots to the tough times in the 70’s and 80’s Ben saw it all. Ben passed away in 2009, and his sons now run Ben’s Chili Bowl, ensuring his legacy carries on stronger than ever.

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The celebrity (and presidential) photos on the wall are clear indications of Ben's Chili Bowl's city landmark status, but the continuous lines out the door are evidence that the restaurant's chili cheese dogs are some of the best in the country. But those in the know don’t just order "dogs," they get the Half Smoke: a half-pork, half-beef smoked sausage which is a native D.C. specialty.

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Packaging & Delivery

All goods from Ben's Chili Bowl are shipped in recyclable containers with enough coolant to assure they arrive in excellent condition within the max allowable transit time of 2 days.

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