Ben's Chili Bowl - Eating in Washington DC - LikeALocal Guide

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Ben's Chili Bowl

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Why locals love it

DC has been a center of African-American culture for decades, and U Street, once known as "Black Broadway," has historically been the heart of the community. Although the neighborhood is becoming increasingly gentrified and has become a new destination for nightlife, you can still grab a bite of history at Ben's Chili Bowl.

Why you should visit it

This historic diner offers classic American favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, and of course, chili. It has been visited by figures such as Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Bill Crosby, and more recently, President Obama himself.

Special tip

Located next to the U Street metro.

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Most salty and overrated hotdogs I’ve had. Pricey too
October 27, 2017
Definirely not a local spot, but historic.
February 23, 2017
A historic gem in the heart of The District'a best neighborhood.
September 17, 2016
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