Ben’s Chili Bowl

F4tF: Breakfast at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington D.C.

Recently I was in Washington D.C. for a few days visiting some friends who I hadn’t seen in a while.  Apart from getting together with my D.C. area friends for some dining and drinking adventures, I had two places on my list of places that I wanted to go to by myself just to enjoy the experience.  One was the Dupont Circle Farmer’s market which I wrote up last week. The other place was Ben’s Chili Bowl.


If you have been to Washington D.C. but have never been to Ben’s Chili Bowl, you are missing out on one of the great food destinations in the USA and quite possibly the best Chili Dog you will ever have in your life. Ben’s is famous for their Chili Half-Smoke.  Here is the description of the Chili Half-Smoke from the Ben’s website menu page

Bill Cosby’s Original Chili Half-Smoke – $5.45
Our signature dish! Experience the Chili Half-Smoke, originally made famous by Ben’s in 1958 and a favorite of Mr. Cosby’s since the early 60’s. We put this 1/4lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun and top it with mustard, onions and our spicy homemade chili sauce.  There are few culinary delights better at any price. Want it well done?  Have yours split and grilled on request.

It is hard not to find time to eat at Ben’s Chili Bowl as they have crazy hours (their description not mine)

Our Crazy Hours!

Monday thru Thursday
Breakfast from 6am – 10:45am
Main Menu from 10:45am – 2am

Friday
Breakfast from 6am – 10:45am
Main Menu from 10:45am – 4am

Saturday
Breakfast from 7am – 10:45am
Main Menu from 10:45am – 4am

Sunday
No Breakfast

Main Menu from 11am – 11pm

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