Obama, Fenty Stop by Ben's Chili Bowl

Half-smokes on the agenda

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    President-elect Barack Obama pays for his lunch at Ben's Chili Bowl. Obama ordered a chili half smoke at the Washington landmark during a lunch with the DC mayor.

    President-elect Barack Obama and District Mayor Adrian Fenty had lunch Saturday afternoon at Ben's Chili Bowl.

    There was much cheering and applauding as they entered the landmark D.C. restaurant.  It was Obama's first trip to Ben's.

    Fenty Describes Obama's Meal at Ben's

    [DC] Fenty Describes Obama's Meal at Ben's
    Mayor Adrian Fenty offers up the lunch of choice for Barack Obama at Ben's Chili Bowl. (Published Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009)

    Obama drew laughs from the Ben's staff and nearby patrons when he walked up to the counter and asked, "Where's the food at?"

    Afterward, Fenty described the meal, saying Obama had a half-smoke with chili and chips while he enjoyed a half-smoke with chili and cheese fries.

    Fenty then hinted that Obama may be a regular at the famous U Street eatery.

    "I think so," Fenty said.  "I think he liked the food and the company."