RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl

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2009/10/08 12:12:16 (permalink)

RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl

Very sad news for D.C. residents and lovers of half-smokes the world over: Ben Ali, co-founder of Washington institution Ben's Chili Bowl, passed away Wednesday night, (as City Desk also reports). He was 82.

http://dcist.com/2009/10/...of_bens_chili_bowl.php


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    buffetbuster
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/08 12:52:48 (permalink)
    Sorry to hear of his death.  Did I remember it correctly that he never ate any of his own half-smokes?  Luckily, the sons are carrying on the restaurant and have been running it for a while now.
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/08 14:50:58 (permalink)
    Sad news.
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/08 15:30:54 (permalink)
    This afternoon's Washington City Paper blog on this sad passing:
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/08 16:06:25 (permalink)
    That is very sad news.  A person I worked with met him in person.  I have eaten there on several occasions while passing through the area.  Every time I always thought I would go back again if I were in the DC area.  The people that work there are funny as hell and seem to have a way of keeping people entertained while making the food.  I suspect Ben had something to do with his employee's great personality.  RIP Ben.

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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/08 16:10:56 (permalink)
    What are half-smokes?
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/08 16:41:05 (permalink)
    enginecapt,

    Check out the menu.  Apparently, Bill Cosby likes them.  I didn't try them when I have been there but they looked good.

    http://www.benschilibowl....eDetails.aspx?PageID=1
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/09 23:52:31 (permalink)
    Enginecapt, they are a half beef half pork smoked sausage that are then grilled before being served.
    post edited by MikeS. - 2009/10/09 23:56:00
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/09 23:55:15 (permalink)
    I met Ben several years ago on my first visit there. A very nice man.

    I have to go to Reagan National Thursday evening to pick up Ava, her Mom and step-dad. They went to Fresno for a wedding. (The Bums). I plan on getting there early and taking Metro down to Ben's.
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    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl 2009/10/11 04:01:20 (permalink)
    A piece from the Washingtonpost's obit on Ben.
    Michael Stern, who with his wife, Jane, might be the country's foremost expert on down-home food, has called Ben's half-smoke "sensational" and the chili "positively addictive."
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