Go Back  Fodor's Forum > Destinations > United States
Reload this Page > Wash DC: Area around Ben's Chilli Bowl
Notices

Wash DC: Area around Ben's Chilli Bowl

Reply

Mar 17th, 2013, 10:50 AM
  #1
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,476
Wash DC: Area around Ben's Chilli Bowl

Is this area safe at mid-day for two women...will be parking in a nearby parking lot and walking to the restaurant.
pollyvw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 17th, 2013, 11:21 AM
  #2
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 17,788
Yes, utterly. It went through a period of being sketchy, but that was a long time ago. It's a bustling area, the U Street corridor.
NewbE is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 17th, 2013, 11:59 AM
  #3
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,372
Yes, it is a safe area these days. It is right across from the U Street/Cardoza metro stop if you don't want to bother driving.
yestravel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Mar 17th, 2013, 12:17 PM
  #4
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,476
TY all for help. Would LOVE to use Metro, but this will be part of a day trip which includes areas not accessible by Metro...sigh!
pollyvw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 15th, 2013, 06:32 AM
  #5
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 66,623
Ben's Chili Bowl was great!

Thanks, pollyvw
starrs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 15th, 2013, 09:35 AM
  #6
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,476
You are most welcome. Recommend about 2 to 2:30 to avoid the LONG line.
pollyvw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 15th, 2013, 09:38 AM
  #7
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,568
Parking is quite a challenge in that area. In some blocks, one side of the street is off limits to any vehicle that lacks a local residential parking sticker. Read the signs carefully.
kayd is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 16th, 2013, 08:29 AM
  #8
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,476
LOL! Tell me about it. I have a $30 ticket on my desk that I still need to pay. High for parking, but not for the experience.
pollyvw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 16th, 2013, 08:31 AM
  #9
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Posts: 24,180
<<>>

That's an expensive bowl of chili though! (we took the metro)
sf7307 is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 16th, 2013, 09:04 AM
  #10
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 12,437
>>I have a $30 ticket on my desk that I still need to pay. High for parking, but not for the experience.<<

Ooh, sorry to hear that. Do remember to pay it on time. A reminder from your good buddies in parking enforcement will be significantly pricier.

Ben's is a hoot.
obxgirl is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 02:41 PM
  #11
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 2,476
sf...would have taken Metro, but our two other stops that day were not metro accessible. Yes...expensive for chili, but not for the experience. I have spent more and received less pleasure for it. No complaints here. Life is good.
pollyvw is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 03:00 PM
  #12
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 2,659
I luz me some Ben's. I went to Howard, so I enjoyed it often
suewoo is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 03:11 PM
  #13
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 66,623
polly had it well planned...but the parking garage she scouted out was under demo/renovation. It was a great experience! So glad she suggested it and loved the smoke dawg at Ben's
starrs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 03:16 PM
  #14
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 55
Parking shouldn't bee too tough. If you can't find anything on U Street at a meter, just drive around a few of the nearby small streets, and you should be able to find something since it will be in the middle of the day. kayd is so right about the signs though. Parking fines have been a hallowed source of revenue in DC for a long time! But even though most streets are restricted for residents, they mostly allow non-residents to park for an hour or two. The neighborhood is fine.
Steamedcrab is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 04:41 PM
  #15
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 66,623
We tried that. We talked to one meter maid and she said she would not ticket us.
Another one did.
starrs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 07:02 PM
  #16
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 55
No, what I mean is, the signs indicate that cars without resident stickers can only park for an hour, or maybe two hours. I'm pretty sure that there really aren't any areas where non-residents aren't allowed to park at all. But if you go over the time limit they will ticket you for sure.
Steamedcrab is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 07:04 PM
  #17
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 66,623
We weren't there more than an hour.
starrs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 07:18 PM
  #18
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 9,372
Residential parking in DC permits cars without a residential sticker to park for up to two hours. Is it possible you were in violation of one of the many other parking restrictions? Of course DC is notorious for issuing unjustified tickets.
yestravel is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 07:30 PM
  #19
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 66,623
We parked two blocks up on a side street. We didn't see any signs but wondered if it were residential only. We walked a block and there was a meter maid on a segway. Polly asked her and the mm said there might have been a sign on the corner. She said they she would not ticket us but couldn't promise that someone else wouldn't. The parking garage was under reno and we had driven around looking for a parking spot. We took a calculated risk. We lost. I offered to split the cost of the ticket with Polly. It was expensive parking but in the afternoon on a very hot day (almost 90 degrees in April) it was pretty much worth it. That's not a recommendation for others to do the same thing.
starrs is offline  
Reply With Quote
Apr 17th, 2013, 07:57 PM
  #20
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Posts: 55
Face it starrs, you just didn't wolf down that half smoke with chili quick enough!
Steamedcrab is offline  
Reply With Quote
 



Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 08:26 PM.