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  • Anonymous

    Worst!

  • Anonymous

    If you thought the farts on the plane were bad before…

  • Anonymous

    I would only allow this in the Departures area of the airport.

    • Alan

      You mean Arrivals?

      • My flights usually arrive and depart from the same area.

  • Anonymous

    Omg. awful. even if the person sitting next to you has a GI system made of steel and doesn’t get gassy from eating chili, the food itself smells SO strong, and I just hate smelling other people’s food on planes. Ick.

    • DC

      It’s before security so I doubt many people will eat it on planes.

    • Anonymous

      Having a Five Guys there is bad enough. Half the passengers in that area think it’s a good idea to bring a burger and fries onto the plane.

  • Anonymous

    Please….no….

  • TropicBird

    Every bowl should come with wet wipes, a big Ziploc and a free change of pants.

    • Anonymous

      and Tums :)

      • Anonymous

        And extra-strength probiotics.

  • ontarioroader

    I’m just going to post this up here:

    http://jalopnik.com/this-is-the-most-embarrassing-plane-pooping-story-ever-1456846301

    as an example of why yes, probably the worst idea ever.

    • Truxton Thomas

      Bless you for sharing that story.

  • Hopefully with this location they don’t tear down the entire airport rather than building around the structure as they’re required.

      • textdoc

        Whoa. Somehow I had missed the above thread, so I didn’t realize that Ben’s had razed a building without permission and in defiance of plans for historic facade preservation. That’s terrible.

        • The site now has a giant photo of the lender’s face up on it, like 3 foot by 4 foot.

      • Anonymous

        That’s horrible, well I’m not very impressed or wanting to spend my money at a place with such disregard

      • Anonymous

        That’s horrible, well I’m not very impressed or wanting to spend my money at a place with such disregard for neighborhood character

    • shawguy

      +1,000,000

    • Bwahahaha!

  • Noah

    Wait, what?

    In context with all the other food options at the airport, how is this any worse? I’d much rather eat at Ben’s than at any of the fast food chains or TGI Friday clones.

  • Anonymous

    Quite a few commenters either need to visit their gastroenterologist, or grow the hell up.

    If you can’t handle a bowl of chili without soiling yourself (or fouling the air around you), there’s something wrong with you.

    • Anonymous

      Chili doesn’t make you fart? Alright guy, guess you win this round.

      • Truxton Thomas

        It’s true, and his sh*t doesn’t stink either.

    • lovefifteen

      That’s not really true. Onions and beans produce gas in a lot of people. There’s nothing “wrong” with those people. It’s a pretty natural GI reaction to beans in the majority of people.

      • Anonymous

        If you can’t hold it, yep, there’s something wrong with you. See a doctor. Unless you’re over 70, it is NOT normal to be uncontrollably expelling intestinal gas. Now, a lot of people will say “but it’s uncomfortable!” That’s where the “grow up” part of the advice comes in.

        • Anonymous

          I work with several people who seem to expel it uncontrollably, from the sound of it. Like the gas will just tumble out while they’re walking. They’re more like the 60-70 age range.

        • Anonymous

          Que? You want me to traipse over to the airplane bathroom just to let out a bean fart? Yea, not going to happen. But thank you for doing all that next time we share a cabin.

          • Anonymous

            I’m sure he’ll be the first to complain when his fellow airline passenger makes him get up every 5 minutes for bathroom runs.

        • Internet Tough Guy Spotter

          Um, flights are usually several hours long, Internet Tough Guy. Some people don’t have your iron-clad GI tract. LOL @ “grow up” as if the intestines have differing levels of maturity.

        • Eponymous

          This. If you can’t handle beans, it’s probably because your diet sucks and doesn’t have enough fiber to begin with.

          • Anonymous

            Oh please. I have a ton of fiber in my diet but my digestive system still has trouble with it. I’d probably be best eating super-processed foods but then I’d want to kill myself.

      • Anonymous

        Honestly, I don’t think beans and onions are any worse than carrots, apples, or multigrain bread. The absolute worst is something like a Fiber One bar.

        • Anonymous

          totally agree about fiber one bars

      • Anonymous

        No beans in Ben’s chili. One of the many reasons it sucks.

    • ITG

      I bet all the fart-talkers also spit on the sidewalks. There is nothing NOTHING more disgusting than a spitter. No gentlemen would either fart OR spit in public. On the plus side, it makes it easy to spot the neanderthals and give them wide berth.

      • Anonymous

        There is nothing more disgusting than spitting? How about the lady that popped a squat to pee in my alley. Or the used condoms on the sidewalk on a quiet street nearby.
        .
        Do you by any chance live in Cleveland Park? Nearby? I truly admire your lack of perspective.

    • Adams

      THANK YOU! Chill with the dumb jokes people, and avoid Ben’s and/or consult a doctor.

      Meanwhile, how many people order “white tuna” at airport sushi bars?

      • Adams

        Should have clarified: Avoid if you can’t hang. Otherwise, I’ll support it.

        I think the airport Ben’s is a great idea. We should embrace and promote our culture and heritage.

        • Anonymous

          But the food sucks?

          • Eponymous

            booooooo

          • Adams

            No, actually it’s good.

        • anon

          The problem with the “Avoid if you can’t hang” philosophy is that tourists, business travelers, etc. who can’t “hang” won’t necessarily know that’s the case until they’ve boarded their flights out of town… to the possible chagrin of the people sitting nearby.

        • Anonymous

          What does chili have to do with culture and heritage?

    • Margaret

      Regular farting throughout the day is normal. Even the NIH says so: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1378885/. Note that volume of farts increased after eating a meal.

      So, anon, if you’re NOT farting I would suggest YOU go see your GI doc, because that’s not normal.

      • Thanks Obama!

      • Anonymous

        “Yeah Science, Bitch”

  • Anonymous

    Does Ben’s even sell chili? I thought it was all about the half smokes.

    • Truxton Thomas

      Yes, half-smokes slathered in chili.

    • AMDCer

      Does Ben’s CHILI BOWL sell chili?

  • Zman

    Great! Now I have to worry about terrorists and the guy next to me crapping his pants during my 6 hour flight to California. DAMN YOU BEN ALI!

  • shawguy

    The original Ben’s has been in place on U Street for a long long time. Expanding to *either* the airport or to H Street makes sense, but I’ve seen one too many places that had one good location and then tried to open two or three more at one time, got over-extended, and failed. I hope that doesn’t happen here, but I think the chances of avoiding that would have been a lot higher if they had done one and then the other a year or two later. Running a very busy restaurant and two construction sites at the same time isn’t just burning the candle at both ends, it’s burning it at both ends over a camp fire…

    • arl

      Don’t forget they’re also moving to Rosslyn! They have signs up at the new location already, but I’m not sure when they’re opening.

    • Anonymous

      And for half of the year they’re open at Nats Park

  • thomashailu

    My favorite thing about how angry people are getting on this message board is the fact that Ben’s Chili doesn’t contain beans. LoL

    • Anonymous

      You do understand that this fact is highly irrelevant, right? Beans aren’t the reason why Ben’s Chili Bowl is the butt of these jokes, if you will…

  • Dan

    I now know where I’m setting up my Beano stand.

  • Eponymous

    What? Why?! Chicago has a number of its flagship restaurants represented in its airports. San Diego has Stone Brewing. How is Ben’s any worse than deep dish pizza or 10% ABV beer? Especially given how abysmal eating options are at DCA.

  • Anonymous

    Who cares? I doubt it’ll open anyway. How long has the H street location been “coming soon”?

  • ThatDude

    The food isn’t very good… It’s ok…. The airport? Really!?!

  • Rich

    Perfect place for an overrated tourist trap.

    • anon

      No, that would be the original Ben’s on U St.

  • Anonymous

    I haven’t read through all the comments so if someone else already thought of this I apologize…

    I think the word everyone is looking for is “asinine.”

  • andy2

    If you are drunk enough to eat this stuff then you aren’t sober enough to fly…seems like a terrible business model.

    • Anonymous

      Since when do you have to be sober to fly?

      • andy2

        you can’t be wasted and in my experience Ben’s is better trashed – which would make getting on a plane difficult. I’ve seen folks denied or removed from a plane b/c of being so wasted.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, but if you’re wasted Jumbo Slice would be the meal of choice. Ben’s is more of a buzzed drunk thing.

  • Hillhound528

    For the Record – Ben’s did a deconstruction of the H Street location which is an accepted form of preservation. They didn’t violate any ordinances so, whether we agree with the end result or not…they are in the clear on that front. http://www.capitalcommunitynews.com/content/ben%E2%80%99s-chili-bowl-changes-preservation-plan-new-h-street-location

    With that said…I am not a fan of the chili or the half smokes but their Sunday Brunch is reasonably priced and pretty darn good.

  • Hillhound528

    For the Record – Ben’s did a deconstruction of the H Street location which is an accepted form of preservation. They didn’t violate any ordinances so, whether we agree with the end result or not…they are in the clear on that front.

    With that said…I am not a fan of the chili or the half smokes but their Sunday Brunch is reasonably priced and pretty darn good.

  • Cole

    Gas up, before your flight does.

  • Nathan

    All jokes aside, Ben’s Chili Bowl is just plain terrible. Their food is just horrible.

  • identified

    I love me some Ben’s – a chili fries with mustard and a vanilla shake.

    but not at the airport.

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