Well, word has it that Barack Obama can also eat there for free (although, reportedly, Obama always pays for his meals). We are talking about Washington DC’s world-famous Ben’s Chili Bowl.
- Dr. Cornell West
- Hillary Clinton
- Denzel Washington
- Chris Rock
- and, Yours Truly…
Okay, so maybe I am not in the same league as the aforementioned, but everyone that hears the name of this joint experience simultaneous widening of the eyes and watering of the mouth.
My trip to Ben’s for a chili-dog (grilled with french fry grease sprinkled on top), fries, and a shake was preceded by a hand full of preventatives including:
- oat bran
A little Lipitor® might also be a good idea.
I am now thousands of miles away from the Capitol… but closer to another favorite eatery, Dyers in Memphis.
They are famous for deep-fried cheeseburgers… using the same grease (recycled daily) that the founder used when the original restaurant opened roughly a century ago. Yum!
Just the thought of it makes me want to buy some bran flakes and Omega 6’s. Here is a little more advice on supplementing our more questionable culinary choices: