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Ben's Next Door

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(2 Reviews)

1211 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

(202) 667-8880

Today: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Extra Phones

TollFree: (877) 484-2367

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, visa
Price Range
U-Street, Northwest Washington
Bars, American Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

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


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Next Door

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.

Lisa Mathias


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Only the best at Ben's...

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.