Located on U Street, Ben's Chili Bowl was in the epicenter of the riots in 1968 following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although surrounded by violence and destruction, Ben's remained open, feeding both police and activists alike, becoming a common-ground oasis in the middle of turmoil and devastation.
I stopped by and tried the famous "Half Smoke and cheese fries." Delicious. Never change, Ben's Chili Bowl!