On our only night in Washington D.C., it didn’t take us long to decide where to go for dinner.
When we did our pre-trip research, there was a place that kept popping up as the must-visit restaurant. So after a day of exploring in the rain, we made a beeline for a true local gem, Ben’s Chili Bowl.Home of the best chili dog in the country and well worth trying.It’s a classic American diner sort of affair – very low-key and nothing fancy about it at all, but if the locals love it so much, there must be a reason for it, and we were very much in the mood to see it for ourselves. We perched on one of the bar stools and sipped on sweet tea (served in cups bigger than my head of course!) while perusing the all-American menu.
Minutes later, the most delicious chili dogs were placed in front of us.And those babies are well worth their reputation: sausage grilled to perfection, moist and with just enough kick from the chili topping… Perfection in a bun! Even better (if that’s even possible) were the chili fries: Crispy fries, cheese sauce and the most balanced chili sauce EVER… so good I almost ordered a second serving!For those of you who are not as dedicated to the cheese fries cause as I am, I’d definitely recommend the chili bowl. Basically the best chili I’ve ever eaten (I’m going to try and make this at home soon!) with loads of fresh toppings on top… Summer comfort food at its very best if you ask me.
Meanwhile on the outside, another summer storm had started and with every drop of rain, more people found shelter into the small diner, which was filling up by the minute with table after table of regulars chatting happily with the lovely waiters and creating the most enjoyable of atmospheres.
I could have happily stayed there forever, but by the time we were finished eating, the storm had calmed down so we sayed our goodbyes and raced to our home for the night to pack and try to catch some sleep before getting up before the sun to fly back to New York in the morning.
7 thoughts on “Dinner at Ben’s Chili Bowl | Washington DC”
I. Love. Hotdogs. and your dog and fries look epic! I really wish we had a great hotdog place here in Atlanta, but alas we don’t. (At least none I’ve found yet) Good to know about Ben’s though, for when I go back to DC. great post!
Thanks for the kind words! Ben’s definitely a must-visit when in Washington!
The dream is to travel the states writing food posts and reviews! If it ever happens, I’m definitely hitting up Ben’s, that chilli dog looks insane!
Molly / spoonmeblog.com
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For me, the highlight was the chili fries! So, SO good! I could easily eat a serving of those right now actually!
This looks epic! How yummy does the chilli dog look! I’d love to try a American chilli dog! 🙂
An absolute must-try if you’re ever around Danni!
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