Screen Shot 2017-07-31 at 2.46.29 PM.png

Destination Tennis: Ben’s Chili Bowl, Washington DC

Located on U-Street in Washington, DC, Ben’s Chili Bowl is an area institution. The restaurant was started by Ben and Virginia Ali in 1958.

The flagship U-Street location has been frequented by dozens of celebrities and notable figures, including Barack Obama, Serena Williams, Bono, and many others. In the early days of the restaurant, many jazz musicians chose Ben’s as their hang out spot, and in during the Civil Rights Movement era, Martin Luther King Jr held community meetings at the back of Ben’s.

They’re known for their “half-smoke”, which is a one-quarter pound half-pork and half-beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun, topped with mustard, onions and spicy homemade chili.

Watch episode:



About Destination Tennis

In these travel shorts, viewers are taken on a tour of exquisite cities from major tournaments around the world. Each feature gives viewers an inside look at what the players and locals experience at select tournament cities, highlighting the iconic imagery, celebrated landmarks and unique landscapes that define these must-see tennis destinations.

Watch more episodes of Destination Tennis

Share This Story