BEN’S CHILI BOWL OPENED FOR BUSINESS ON AUGUST 22, 1958 AND IS STILL GOING STRONG TO THIS DAY. FROM COUNTLESS FAMOUS PEOPLE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA HAVE MADE IT A NECESSARY EATING DESTINATION. THE COUNTER, BOOTHS AND STOOLS ARE ALL ORIGINAL; THE FRESH HOMEMADE CHILI IS STILL MADE WITH LOVE, USING THE SAME SECRET RECIPE.
DC IS KNOWN FOR ITS POLITICS, GO-GO MUSIC AND BEN'S CHILI BOWL. A MUST IF YOU MUST!
At the end of the 19th century and for the first half of the 20th century despite segregation, D.C.’s historic Black greater U Street community prospered and built a self-reliant economic, social, civic, and cultural existence. During the height of the Jim Crow era, this influential Black U Street community of extraordinary achievers once known as “Black Broadway” birthed D.C.’s Black Renaissance and served as a prominent symbol of black culture and sophistication amid racial and political tension in America.