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Ben's Chili Bowl ... again and again ...

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Ben's Chili Bowl ... again and again ...

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MartinDC | | Aug 25, 2008 09:04 AM

Ben's seems to be the darling of the Washington Post. Last week, four articles or references on four consecutive days. Wednesday's food section, a half page write-up in Thursday's metro section, a Friday blurb on the last page of the Style section, then the Sunday magazine (which I receive on Saturday) had the compare the differences puzzler between two photographs.

I know that August is a slow news month for newpapers, but are we elevating Ben's Chili Bowl to the status of myth? I have my opinion ... basically it is what it is ... chili and hot dogs and greasy food with a colorful hip storefront (a great photo op backdrop for visiting celebs) and the cachet that comes with surviving in the U Street location for 50 years.

Really, I'd like to go and see what the fuss is about (The Zagats visted last month, good sports that they are), but I'm wondering if the food is worth raising my levels of sodium and cholesterol.

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