Posts Tagged ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl’

Flight of Fancy: Local Airports Are Getting a Dining Overhaul

Lebanese Taverna, Kapnos Taverna, and El Centro D.F. are among the new pre-flight dining options.

Daniel Boulud Looks to Ingratiate Himself in D.C. in a Way Other Celebrity Chefs Haven’t

“There’s a little part of me in D.C. every time I come," says the celebrity chef

PETA Recognizes….Ben’s Chili Bowl?

Ben's Chili Bowl is basically one giant ode to meat. It smells like meat. Meat on the grill is the first thing you see when you walk on the door. Hell, it's the home of the half-smoke. So it might seem a little strange that People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—whose motto contains the […]

You Can Now Eat Ben’s Chili Bowl Before Your Flight

Not many airport restaurants warrant a ribbon cutting, but Ben’s Chili Bowl is going all out for the debut of its new location at Reagan National. No, Bill Cosby will not be on-site, as he was several months ago for the opening of the half-smoke shop’s Rosslyn location. (Presumably, though, he still eats for free.) […]

Can Ben’s Chili Bowl Expand and Keep Its Soul?

By 3:30 p.m. the day after Ben’s Chili Bowl opened its new location in Rosslyn last week, the line still stretched to the very back of the restaurant. It’d been that way, if not curving down the sidewalk, since 11 a.m., said co-owner Nizam Ali, when a crowd was already waiting for the doors to […]

Bill Cosby Helps Open Arlington’s Ben’s Chili Bowl

Throngs of D.C.-area residents ventured to a Rosslyn strip mall today in the hopes of seeing Bill Cosby. A few actually managed it. The comedic legend and longtime Ben’s Chili Bowl supporter was there to cut the ribbon at the restaurant’s new location—only the second free-standing one to open in more than 55 years. The […]

Bill Cosby Joins Love Fest for Ben’s Chili Bowl’s 55th Anniversary

Only five people eat for free at Ben’s Chili Bowl: the four members of the Obama family and Bill Cosby. So it was only appropriate that Cosby, a longtime Ben’s advocate and half-smoke fanatic, joined co-founder Virginia Ali and her family to ring in Ben’s 55th anniversary today. Cosby was joined by Mayor Vince Gray, […]

The U Street Taco: A Glossary

Have you tried the U Street Taco yet? Inspired by Philadelphia's South Street Taco, this late-night treat is the extreme sloppy drunk food D.C. always needed but (until last week) never had. But the fun doesn't have to end there! For even more gustatory challenges, consult our handy glossary. The U Street Taco: A Ben's Chili Bowl chili half-smoke […]

Molecular Astronomy

José Andrés’ Minibar is back and more expensive than ever. Instead of a piddly $150 per person, the 20-plus course tasting now costs $225 (before tax and tip). What else could you eat around D.C. for that kind of cash? Here are some suggestions: Graphic by Carey Jordan

Critic Robert Sietsema: D.C. Food Scene Doesn’t Suck Any More

Gee golly, they like us! Holier-than-thou New York foodies, be humbled: Village Voice restaurant critic Robert Sietsema (fifth cousin to Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema) has officially bestowed upon D.C. his stamp of approval. In fact, he says D.C.—gasp!—"beats New York in a few categories." Here's a taste of what he had to say about […]

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