ARLINGTON, Va. — It took four months (I don’t take many lunches) but I finally made it to the newest Ben’s Chili Bowl location at 1725 Wilson Blvd. It’s between the Courthouse and Rosslyn Metro stations. I’d say it’s a 10 minute walk from Courthouse.
I had another customer in front of me, but the wait to order or recieve my order was probably just a little over five minutes. I got my usual, a half-smoke with mustard, onions and chili, plus fries and a Pepsi. It tasted like more or perhaps MOOOAARRRR!
The interior is pleasant and reminiscent of the original location, without being kitschy. One of the walls is a big celebration and timeline of Ben’s. Overall, it’s a pleasant design. They have a big screen on the opposite wall; it was playing a “Nats Classic” when I arrived, probably Stephen Strasburg’s second start (though it was the 9th inning, Tyler Clippard relieved Miguel Batista). Since it was nice day and the patio tables were still in shade, I enjoyed dining al fresco.
Today, Ben’s continues to expand with another Arlington location:
The new location is in the public area of the airport, lower level B/C – no TSA lines necessary. It’s an appropriate addition to one of the gateways to the city. Later this year, the long-planned H Street NE location will open along with Ben’s Next Door.
ARLINGTON, Va. — The second permanent Ben’s Chili Bowl location opens on Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Va. about six months after the initial announcement was made. Bill Cosby will be a part of the festivities according to ARLnow.com.
Located at 1725 Wilson Boulevard it’s closer to the Rosslyn Metro, but Court House doesn’t have such a steep walk (or escalators). This location is the first of three new locations that will open soon and hey, that’s walking distance from where I work! The others are going to be at 1001 H Street and National Airport. There are also Ben’s stands at Nationals Park and FedEx Field.
Ben’s has been around since 1958 with the Nationals Park location opening with the stadium in 2008. FedEx Field’s Ben’s opened in 2011. We’re still waiting on Verizon Center, though that’s only a couple of stops down the Green Line from U Street.
Ben’s Chili Bowl to land at Reagan National – The 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.
Ben’s Chili Bowl expanding to Virginia – Washington 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.