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Ben's Chili Bowl

A local landmark for over 50 years.

Some of our nation’s most majestic monuments sprinkle the landscape of Washington DC. Some are marble statues depicting the country’s most influential leaders. Others are shrines to those who gave their lives in the name of freedom. But one has stood out for nearly half a century as a landmark that is truly American…and it comes with a side of chili and cheese. It’s Ben’s Chili Bowl.
What’s had this family food joint sizzling for generations? My Generation’s Del Walters takes us on a tasty tour of the historic home of the half smoke to find out.

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