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The Travelin Man

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RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 12:12 PM (permalink)
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

    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 12:52 PM (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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      mr chips

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      Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 2:50 PM (permalink)
      Sad news.
       
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        i95

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        Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 3:30 PM (permalink)

        This afternoon's Washington City Paper blog on this sad passing:

         

        http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2009/10/08/despite-founders-death-it-was-business-as-usual-at-bens/

         

         

         
         
         
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          NC Cheesehead

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          Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 4:06 PM (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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            enginecapt

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            Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 4:10 PM (permalink)
            What are half-smokes?
             
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              NC Cheesehead

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              Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Thu, 10/8/09 4:41 PM (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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                MikeS.

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                Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Fri, 10/9/09 11:52 PM (permalink)
                Enginecapt, they are a half beef half pork smoked sausage that are then grilled before being served.
                <message edited by MikeS. on Fri, 10/9/09 11:56 PM>
                 
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                  MikeS.

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                  Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Fri, 10/9/09 11:55 PM (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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                    MikeS.

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                    Re:RIP - Ben Ali; Co-founder of Ben's Chili Bowl Sun, 10/11/09 4:01 AM (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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