Looking like a museum piece on the yuppified, buppified stretch of U Street once known as Black Broadway, Ben’s Chili Bowl, opened in 1958, is in no danger of mouldering away, thankfully. In fact, its claim to be a 100% wind-powered business makes it very contemporary. This family-owned institution’s appeal rests on three legs: nostalgia (past customers include Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Bill Cosby and, more recently, Barack Obama), the insatiable late-night hunger of young partiers, and, of course, the great bang for the buck afforded by burgers, fries and chili. In-the-know customers order chili on a dog or half smoke (arguably Washington’s signature specialty) and cheesefries, but you can also get a turkey sub or a veggie burger. These days, in fact, you can even order Ben’s over the internet.
|Venue name:||Ben’s Chili Bowl|
1213 U Street, NW
Between 12th & 13th Streets
|Cross street:||between 12th and 13th Sts NW|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 6am-2am; Fri 6am-3am; Sat 7am-3am; Sun 11am-Midnight|
|Transport:||U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo Metro|