Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC institution. It’s been around for over 50 years, hosted civil rights leaders in the 1960s, and President Obama ate there the month he took the oath of office as President in 2009.
The Pelican Brief and State of Play had scenes filmed there.
It’s a tourist destination. But I’ve never been especially impressed by the food.
They’re open at National’s Park now, and they’ve just opened at National airport last month. It’s this that seems like a very bad idea.
To be sure, while I’m not a huge fan, the food is probably better than much of what passes at the airport. But it’s also about the last thing I’d want my seat opponent to eat before a flight.
Ben’s is right next to the security checkpoint for B gates hosting American and US Airways.
The only saving grace, to me, is that it’s outside security and thus won’t be feeding exclusively passengers boarding a single set of flights. That should disperse the risk.