Posts Tagged ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl’

Joey Chestnut Aims to Eat Two Gallons Of Ben’s Chili (At Least)

The field is shaping up for the World Chili Eating Championship at Taste of D.C. on Sunday. And Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas won't be the only D.C.-area native in the contest.  Germantown's Juliet Lee is also competing, according to her local Patch: "Lee, a local hair stylist who moonlights as a competitive eater, recently […]

How Much Ben’s Chili Can One Man (Or Woman) Choke Down In Six Minutes?

Some of the biggest stars on the competitive eating circuit, including Alexandria's own Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, are coming to town this weekend for the World Chili Eating Championship at Taste of D.C. on Sunday, Oct. 9. The chili-chowing contest begins at 12:30 p.m. on the event's main stage with local institution Ben's Chili […]

Hail To The Half-Smokes: Ben’s Chili Bowl Is Coming to FedEx Field

Drown your inevitable frustrations with the beleaguered Washington Redskins in authentic D.C. chili cheese fries this fall. Iconic U Street eatery Ben's Chili Bowl is opening two new concession stands at FedEx Field. WaPo sports blogger Dan Steinberg has the scoop: "Ben’s will have kiosks at section 341 in the club level and section 420 […]

Rained-Out MLK Memorial Revelers Settle for Half-Smokes at Ben’s Chili Bowl

With Hurricane Irene dampening festivities surrounding the District's new Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, Rolling Stone heads over to the next-best setting to chat about racial politics: Ben's Chili Bowl. (The U Street institution, an "instant bestower of local credibility," is ranked No. 9 on City Paper's list of "D.C.'s 44 Most Powerful Restaurants.") Among […]

Hometown Throwdown: What Would You Tell Bobby Flay to Put on His Missing D.C. Burger?

Tuesday marks the opening of celebrity chef Bobby Flay's beefy new eatery, Bobby's Burger Palace, on K Street NW. (Check out some tantalizing pics of the food here.) The menu includes all sorts of shout-outs to other U.S. cities with nods to each place's distinctive foodie culture. There's a "Philadelphia Burger," for instance, topped with […]

Ben’s Chili Bowl, Coming Soon To Clarendon?

Residents of the D.C. suburbs with a hankering for a chili half-smoke may not have to go all the way to 13th and U streets NW or Nationals Park to satisfy their urge for much longer. As Housing Complex reported today, Ben's Chili Bowl is moving forward with plans to open franchise locations in new spots. […]

Quick Feeding: Stephen Starr’s Parc, Ted’s Bulletin Part Deux Coming to 14th Street

Starry Night: Our intrepid colleague Lydia DePillis reports that Philadelphia-based restaurateur Stephen Starr has plans for not one but two new D.C. eateries: the first, a local spin-off of his French-themed Rittenhouse Square brasserie Parc, located at 14th and Q Streets NW;  the second, a capital city location for his reputable Buddakan brand, as part […]

House In Session Ale: A Uniquely D.C. Beer

House In Session Ale is a dry-hopped American pale ale brewed in February at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis by the District's own Greg Jasgur of Pizzeria Paradiso, Sam Fitz of Meridian Pint, and Greg Engert of Birch & Barley and ChurchKey fame. The beer may have been brewed in St. Louis but it is 100 percent D.C. […]

Half-Smoke Challenge to Find D.C.’s Top Dog

It's been said that the half-smoke is the closest thing the District gets to having a recognizable homegrown food product. The half-smoke, of course, is most associated with Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street NW, which this week donated its papers and artifacts to George Washington University's Africana Research Center. (Washington City Paper's 2007 cover […]

Ooh, That Smell? Restaurant Odors That Tend to Linger

One recent morning before heading out the door, I grabbed my coat and… whoa—was that DC-3 I smelled? Although the lingering aroma of hot grease was very subtle, it brought on a flashback from my youth. During my senior year at an Eastern Shore high school, I needed work badly. At the same time, a […]

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