Quick note: Ben Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl passed away between the shooting and posting of this video. Our condolences go out to the Ali family and friends.
Ben’s continues to be one of my favorite places to eat in DC, no matter what price range you’re in. This frickin’ gorgeousness is something I must have every time I am in DC. So simple, so beautiful. My friend Prag is allergic to cinnamon (WTF?) and I guess they put cinnamon in the chili, so he can’t have a whole chili dog without breaking out in hives. He sure can house some chili cheese fries, though. He’d claimed he was hungry after eating at the Capitol Lounge (9:00) and then we went to four places where we didn’t have any food, so when we got to Ben’s, he put aside his food allergies and wrecked shop.
It was packed, as always, but we had a spot at the bar reserved for us! I didn’t expect that; thanks, Kamal. We were in and out faster than just about any other place in DC. Burns was psyched, Melissa was psyched, Prag was psyched, and I was effin’ psyched. I had a stretch there to digest and I was ready for more. I probably could have had an entire half smoke at this time of the night, but I had guests and some Falafel to eat. Ben’s wins my If you don’t eat anywhere else in DC when you visit, eat here award for 24 in 24: DC. I love this place to death and hope to God they never change.
Next stop, Tangier Lounge at 3:00 AM.