WASHINGTON, DC – If your name is President Obama or Bill Cosby, you get to eat here for free. Other people have eaten here, too: Nat King Cole, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Ella Fitzgerald to name a few. Ben’s Chili Bowl serves delicious and cheap food, but it’s history is more filling than it’s chili.
Here’s your assignment: After waiting in a long line at the counter, you’ll order a Bill Cosby’s Original Chili Half-Smoke with everything on it and a side of Chili Cheese Fries. You’ll take a seat. You might get yelled at by the waitresses if you’re slow. The food will arrive haphazardly and at different times. You’ll take a bite, and it will be magical.
An incomplete on this assignment is unacceptable. Ben’s Chili Bowl is open until 2 AM during the week and 4 AM on the weekend. Oh, you’re a vegetarian? Doesn’t matter. They’ve got chili for you too. Now get to it. Take a bite out of history!