Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
A staple for power brokers and locals alike, Ben’s Chili Bowl is a nearly 60-year old fast-food institution and must-visit food destination when in Washington. Featuring the iconic half-smoke – a half-beef/half-pork sausage – the sandwich comes traditionally topped with mustard, onions and chili. Ben’s co-founder Virginia Ali calls it “comfort food for sure.” Of course you can just order the chili (ground beef and spicy) or chili fries (add cheese too) for a real treat. And if you can't find your way to the original U Street destination, pop by Nationals Park, where you can enjoy Ben's goodness and the Nationals latest run for NL East glory.