Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U Street
Washington, D.C. 20009
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Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC landmark since 1958, is best known for their half smoked hot dog, smothered with chili, onions and a smattering of potato chips.
Located on U Street, this institution is frequently bustling with locals, tourists and celebrities such as Bill Cosby. In 2009, President Obama paid a visit for one of these tasty legendary dogs.
On my recent visit to DC this past weekend, I discovered my favorite hot dog joint also serves early morning breakfast that includes the half smoked combo. With this deal, you get eggs cooked to your liking, grits, potatoes or baked apples, toast or a biscuit… and the crown jewel of the plate, a half smoked dog, sans the bun, for $7.55!
The Half Smoked Hot Dog
If you’re not a fan of enjoying a hot dog for your morning meal, Ben’s offers the usual traditional breakfast fare as a combo or ala carte. This includes a side or of Scrapple!
Ben’s Chili Bowl is open for breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:00 am-10:45 am and Saturday from 7:00 am-10:45 am. No breakfast on Sunday, but you can always go for a proper half smoked hot dog later in the day! Remember to bring Cash!