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Will Wilkinson and I disagree as to whether we need to reform Congress, but agree that Ben's Chili Bowl has bad food. Yeah, you heard me. Bad.

The Newsweek article that keeps getting referenced is here.

By Ezra Klein  |  April 8, 2010; 1:24 PM ET
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the key is to embrace ben's for what it is. you're not going to get haute cuisine. you ARE going to get spicy half-smokes, and chili that's so bad it goes right the whole way back round into awesome. said chili is designed for being on top of other stuff, not eaten on its own. if you don't love a spicy chili dog you are never going to love ben's. but don't hate the rest of us who do!

meanwhile, where's my recipe of the day!?!?!

Posted by: ajw_93 | April 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

It always pains me to see the huge lines at Ben's Chili Bowl when Oohs and Aahs is only two blocks down and is SO much better.

Posted by: JamesCody | April 8, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I didn't watch the video, but you betray yourself as a non-native Washingtonian by dissing Ben's. I scorn you.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | April 8, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I like Ben's, despite the crowding, but I also like Amsterdam Falafel, which Ezra recommended here. But if you go there remember to heed AF's warnings about the garlic content in some of its toppings. I like garlic myself but I still had a heavy taste of it in my mouth the following day from what I put on my falafel and fries!

Posted by: mkarns | April 8, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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