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D.C.’s signature food, a sausage made of beef and pork typically cooked split long-wise down the middle. Ben’s Chili Bowl is the most prominent purveyor of this beloved item.

Ben’s Chili Bowl opening location at National Airport in 2014

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan NationalThe Post
Ben’s Chili Bowl continues to expand with a location at Washington National Airport scheduled to open in 2014.

The addition of Ben’s is part of an aggressive push by airport officials to revamp concession offerings at both Reagan National and Washington Dulles International airports. Along with passenger and airline fees, concessions are a major source of income for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which oversees operations at both airports.

Earlier this month, Ben’s announced it was opening a Rosslyn location in 2014 as well. H Street NE is expected to get a location too, along with Nationals Park and FedEx Field.

Now, there may be some criticism of the expansion — I saw some in Facebook comments, but why should the Ali family limit themselves? Their contributions to the District and U Street in particular are wonderful and no less so if they have additional locations. I’m also on board with more places to get a half-smoke.

According to WTOP, National Airport will be getting several other eateries – American Tap Room, Legal Sea Foods and Pinkberry.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to open Rosslyn location in 2014

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Ben’s Chili Bowl expanding to VirginiaWashington Business Journal
Iconic Washington D.C. half-smoke purveyors Ben’s Chili Bowl is paying to open a location in Rossyln, Arlington County:

Ben’s co-owner Nizam Ben Ali confirms that the restaurant’s ownership has signed a lease for 1725 Wilson Blvd., which is in the shopping center that used to house Ray’s and is still home to Pho 75, Guajillo and Bean Good coffee, among others.

Opening is expected in 2014. There is a location on H Street NE also in the works, but the Rosslyn location is expected to open sooner.

Ben’s Chili Bowl also has stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field, but not Verzion Center, though that’s only two Green Line stops from original U Street location.

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Tyler Moore’s 8th inning single wins Nats playoff game 1 over the Cardinals

The first NLDS game in D.C. history belongs to the Washington Nationals. The Nats overcame 7 walks be Gio Gonzalez over 5 innings and came back in the 8th to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. From Nationals vs. Cardinals: Washington wins Game 1 of NLDS, 3-2 (The Post):

Davey Johnson, the 69-year-old managing his first postseason game in 15 years, sent left-hander Chad Tracy to pinch-hit. Rookie manager Mike Matheny countered by calling on Marc Rzepczynski, his only left-handed reliever. Johnson responded by pulling back Tracy and sending up Moore, the rookie who had a 10-homer season in limited time.

“I told Tracy when he went up there, if he takes him out and brings in Rzepczynski or whatever his name, I’m hitting Moore,” Johnson said.

Moore went the opposite way, dropping a single in right field to drive in the tying and winning runs.

Moore’s heroics were preceded by others. Jayson Werth made an important catch, 1-out, 1-runner on catch at the wall in the sixth:

The KMOX audio is quite something, make sure you watch the whole video to get it.

As you may recall from last week, above top of the padded wall is a home run. Not an easy catch in the sinister shadows of Busch Stadium III.

In the 7th, Ryan Mattheus came up huge, getting out of a bases-loaded, no outs jam. Two pitches, three outs:

I couldn’t believe the Cards were so impatient.

MORE RECAPS
Tyler Moore’s 2-run single helps Nats edge Cards in Game 1The Wash. Times
Moore comes through in pinch, Nats take Game 1nationals.com

THE BOSWELL COLUMN

With one key hit, Nationals overcome a nerve-wracking startThe Post

DC SPORTS GAMEDAY

I watched the game with my family and a friend from preschool. He was always one of the biggest Redskins fans I knew. He had no objection to switching to the Nats game at 3:05 p.m. Hey, the Redskins were beating the Falcons when we switched. Or flipped over during a commercial. I can’t remember the specifics.

Sunday's lunch

For the big DC sports doubleheader, we had Manger half-smokes (purchased at Canales at Eastern Market on Saturday morning) with homemade chili and DC Brau’s The Public pale ale. We’re going to have to do it this way again.


TODAY IS HIS BIRTHDAY TOO

Hey, there’s Tom Bridge at 0:26 on this NBC Washington report–

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to FedEx Field, already at Nationals Park. Your move, Ted Leonsis…

Word came out today that venerable Washington D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl will have stands at FedEx Field (@dcsportsbog), the Landover, Md. home of the Washington Redskins, this season. Ben’s has been selling half-smokes at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, since it opened in 2008. That means that 2 of the 3 biggest stadia in the D.C. area will have Ben’s. The big outlier — Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals and Washing Wizards does not, though it is only a few stops down the Green Line from the actual Ben’s.

In my list of deliverables for Ted Leonsis, one of the things I suggested was:

4. Improved food stands in Verizon Center

The one thing that Nationals Park has over every other sports venue in D.C. is the selection of food vendors, especially ones with a local connection. Yes, Ben’s Chili Bowl needs to be in Verizon Center…

Your move, Ted.

UPDATE: More details from DC Sports Bog (The Post): Ben’s Chili Bowl coming to FedEx Field. Apparently, the Redskins reached out to Ben’s when they heard that it was expanding. Another District location and one in Northern Virginia are being developed. Interesting — does Ben’s lose cache by having standalone stores other than U Street? You know, what, I don’t think I care, because a closer proximity to Ben’s half-smokes is pretty good news. I wouldn’t mind seeing stands at RFK Stadium for DC United games too.

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More on Ben Ali, founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl


He Added Spice to Our LivesThe Post
Death of a Washington legendThe Wash. Times
Ben Ali’s Son: “We’re All OK.”CityPaper
Ben Ali, founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, dies AP/WTOP
Ben Ali obituaries from the two D.C. broadsheets, plus the alternate tabloid and AP. The great irony of his life — he never had a half-smoke because his Muslim faith prohibits pork.

Despite Founder’s Death, It Was Business As Usual at Ben’sCityPaper
Life Goes On in Rhythm of Ben’sThe Post
It was just a little busier at Ben’s Chili Bowl yesterday — Sounds like a good tribute to me.

For much of yesterday, “Ben’s Chili Bowl” and later “Ben Ali” were trending on Twitter.

The Death of Ben Ali: What Others Had to SayCityPaper
What others are saying about Ali. What are you saying?

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Ben Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl dead at 82 – 10.08.2009
Fifty years of Ben’s Chili Bowl – 04.21.2008

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Ben Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl dead at 82

Ben Ali of Ben’s Chili Bowl Dies – Port Mortem, The Post
Ben Ali, the 82 year old founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl, the most prominent half-smoke restaurant and Washginton D.C. institution has died. Washington is a richer place for him being here.

I expect there will be a lot more coverage over the next few days. He

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Ben’s Chili Bowl at 50 chat right now

Ben’s Chili Bowl Turns 50The Post
“D.C. culinary institution Ben’s Chili Bowl turned 50 this month. Nizam Ali, son of founders Ben and Virginia, who runs the family business with his brother Kamal, will be online Monday, Aug. 25 at 11:30 a.m. ET to take your questions about the restaurant’s past, present and future.”

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