Washington D.C. for Ben's Chili Bowl

Like it says on the side, Ben’s is a D.C. landmark and I’d be willing to say it’s as much so as the Capitol or the Supreme Court. It doesn’t get much more American than a hot dog in D.C. and Ben’s does them up right.

Ben’s does something, to the uninitiated, called a half smoke, which everyone definitely needs to try at least once. The meats are juicy and delicious and the chili has an amazing blend of spices that you don’t find just anywhere. Add some fries and a drink and make it a meal or just double up on some dogs or burgers. D.C. has a certain air to it, but pardon the pun, Ben’s does a lot to lighten the air for the common folk.

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