Ben’s Chili Bowl Welcomes Obama

With a half-smoke and some chili, Barack Obama receives an official welcome to Washington from the D.C. staple. The president-elect joins the ranks of Bill Cosby, Chris Tucker and Bono as fans of the diner.

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Barack Obama and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty grabbed a bite to eat at Ben’s Chili Bowl, the famed half-smoke and chili eatery in the historic U Street corridor on Saturday.


Obama, who enjoyed his first taste of Ben’s, ate a half-smoke with chili and chips.


So if the president-elect is making stops at restaurants around the District, The Buzz is waiting anxiously for him to try another U Street staple, Henry’s, a few blocks down the way. And don’t forget the sweet potato pie!