Ben’s For Brunch

Ben's Next Door & HU Football

This weekend the husband and I joined some of our friends for a football game at our alma mater, Howard University. We lost big time, 50 to 7. But even when we were in undergrad we only went to the games to socialize and see the band, we both expected a loss. What did salvage that Saturday was the meal we had at Ben’s Next Door before the game. 

We were totally prepared to get some wings and fries at the game but our friends with the tickets were late. Since we were both starving we decided to pop on over to Ben’s Chili Bowl for a half smoke* while we waited. Of course the line was long because it is a tourist hot spot, but there were seats open at the bar for Ben’s Next Door and you can get the same food from the Chili Bowl when you sit at the bar at Next Door (if you haven’t been to Ben’s Chili Bowl while in DC you should, it’s an institution and you must have the half smoke with everything on it). What threw us for a loop when we sat down to order our half smokes was the brunch menu we were handed…

Ben's Next Door & HU Football

How could we resist trying the half smoke omelet? I mean, we wanted half smokes with chili and we got that, just tucked inside of a cheese and onion omelet with a side of my favorite, POTATOES! It sounds odd but it was so delicious. 

Ben's Next Door & HU Football

And because 2 folks really can’t share a half smoke omelet and be full, we ordered the shrimp and grits and shared that as well. The grits were soft, buttery and cheesy goodness dipped in a deliciously salty broth and topped with shrimp, tomatoes and cheese. Southern deliciousness at it’s best. 

I’m so glad our friends were late because we got to experience something new this weekend. Did you try anything new?

*half smoke definition via Ben’s Chili Bowl: 1/4lb. half pork and beef smoked sausage on a warm steamed bun topped with mustard, onions and our spicy homemade chili sauce.

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