Ben's Next Door
1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
TollFree: (877) 484-2367
Parking: Street, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: American, Take Out, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Cocktails, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
I went to the restaurant on 4/24, the host were a lot to be disired. I thought the food was ok. I ordered veggie sausage only to find out later that i had been served turkey sausage. I told the waitress she informed me that there was a language barrier with the cook and asked if I still wanted the veggie patties and I replied no;if the couldn't get a right the first time, the surely wouldn't be able to get it righ the second time. The belgian waffle that I ordered was luewarm and the potatoes were lukewarm, the orange juice had pulp and it was $4.00 for a small glass. I wouldn't reccommend this place to non meat eaters.
03/19/2010Provided by Citysearch -
An addition to the historic Ben's Chili Bowl, Ben's Next Door offers all the great half-smoke kind of fare and more. Not only are these folks good at simple, fast food but they know how to do larger soul-food type plates very well.
The shrimp and grits at Next Door are some of the best I've had in DC - there's plenty of medium-sized, well seasoned shrimp with a tomato broth, on top of a heaping pile of cheesy, herbed white grits. It tastes as good as you expect shrimp and grits to be.
Their brined fried chicken is also deliciously seasoned and served with braised kale and sweet potato puree, both of which are amazing. The kale tastes like real Southern-style collard greens and the puree is sweet but a good balance with the savory chicken.
I've also tried Next Door's Chocolate Coconut Pecan pie, which tastes just as rich and sweet as that sounds. It may be too much for some, but for those with not just one sweet tooth like myself, the mix of chocolate chips and coconut shavings mixed with pecan filling and drizzled with caramel on top is just the right ending.