Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS A HALF SMOKE?
It's been voted DC's Signature Dish and its our most popular menu item! And here's a great video from Zagat to help further answer that question.
DOES BEN'S CHILI BOWL SELL GIFT CARDS?
We do! You can purchase a physical or e-gift card by clicking here. These gift cards are accepted at our U Street, Arlington, H Street and airport locations, as well as Ben's Next Door. They are not accepted at Ben's stadium locations.
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT BEN’S CHILI BOWL, ITS HISTORY, OR U ST?
Contact our official historian Dr. Bernard Demczuk at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit George Washington University’s Gelman Library where all of our historic papers, photos, artifacts and videos are archived. Contact Bernie for a private lecture, lunch or walking tour for you, your group or your office.
DOES BEN’S HAVE PARKING?
YES! We have leased about 10 parking spaces directly behind Ben’s so you don’t have to search for parking. From U Street, take the alley to the left of Ben’s named Ben Ali Way (named after founder Ben Ali), past the store and to the rear where you will see signs against a large brick wall saying ‘Ben’s Chili Bowl Customer Parking.’ Or you may turn on 12th Street, make a left on V Street and then turn left into Ben Ali Way to find parking. If no spots are available, please circle the block for street parking.
HOW CAN I CONTACT BEN'S CHILI BOWL?
For general inquiries, comments, or suggestions it's best to send us an email.
HOW CAN I GET A JOB WORKING AT BEN'S?
If you're interested in joining our team, please email us a brief cover letter and resume.
DO YOU HAVE TABLE SERVICE?
We do offer table service to all patrons for breakfast only. After 11am, table service is only available for groups of 5 or more persons paying together. All others we ask to please order in the line or when seated along the counter.
IS BEN'S ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE?
Yes, we are very conscious of our environment and the world around us. We know that what we do today will affect all of our kids tomorrow and that we only have one Earth on which to live. In 2007, we switched all of our electric power over to 100% wind power. We have also replaced all of the light bulbs we can with fluorescents. If you have any further suggestions for us please let us know!
DOES YOUR FRENCH FRY OIL CONTAIN TRANS FAT?
No. In 2007 we switched to a trans fat free fry oil. It costs us more, but hey you’re worth it!
ARE YOUR VEGGIE BURGERS AND VEGGIE CHILI VEGAN?
Yes. Our veggie burgers are vegan as is our homemade veggie chili; our veggie dogs are not vegan.
DO YOU DELIVER?
DOES BEN'S CATER?
Yes, we now offer catering! Full scale set up and delivery catering is now available. Just send an email to Vida and she will quickly get in touch with you to discuss your catering needs. If wanting to pick up, you can call the Ben's location of your choice and place any size order that will be ready for you when you want it. For pick up orders or full catering we can provide you with bowls, spoons, napkins, crackers etc. so that you don’t have to worry. We can also make homemade cole slaw, potato salad and corn muffins to compliment your large orders. And if you want more variety, you can add food items from Ben's Next Door for either pick up, large order delivery or full scale catering. (**Check out the Group Info page and download the Group Menu pdf)
WHERE WAS BEN BORN?
Trinidad, West Indies