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America's Classics: Jose Garces on Ben's Chili Bowl in D.C.

JBF Editors

JBF Editors

February 17, 2016


Photo by James Collier

Ben’s Chili Bowl
Washington, D.C.

The first time I visited Ben's Chili Bowl was on a solo mission during the fall of 2011, while I was visiting D.C. to explore the market for restaurant opportunities. I had heard tons about it from chef and industry friends there. Before I even set foot inside, I loved seeing the various hot dogs and sausages that were in the storefront window on a plancha, and the aroma that hung in the air of beef franks being cooked was a fantastic sign for what was to come.

Jose Garces, JBF Award Winner


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