While Wale is constantly jet setting with the Maybach Music Group, he still finds time to come home and enjoy all that DC has to offer. He told us he prefers to hang out in his house with friends and families and stay off the radar but when he does get out, here’s where you may find him…

Best Chili: Ben's Chili Bowl

As the sign outside says, Ben’s is a Washington landmark, and has been serving its famous signature chili on burgers, dogs and of course, straight up to thousands of tourists and locals alike each day since 1958. They count Bill Cosby and a guy named Barack Obama has big fans. If you’re now craving chili and nowhere close to the eastern seaboard, have no fear, Ben’s boasts they are currently delivering the good stuff to all 50 states.

Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20009-4442
(202) 667-0909

Best Restaurant/Bar Scene: Bukom Café

If you're looking for a spot in the Adams Morgan area of DC to get your Reggae fix and also grub on some amazing West African food, then look no further than the cozy restaurant/bar Bukom Café. Sink your teeth into finger-licking dishes like whole red snapper, plantains, oxtail soup and more and then head down the basement level for cocktails and scope out the hip-swaying scene as the live band goes on and things start to get fun.

Bukom Cafe
2442 18th Street, N.W.
Washington , DC 20009
(202) 265-4600

Best Take Out: Food For Life

This casual District Heights area take out spot is all about making Southern delicacies healthy and delicious. The not-to-be-missed menu items include greens, mac & cheese, bread pudding and as strange as it may sound, the crowd pleasing “carrot fries” and BBQ fish nuggets. The no frills joint has been known to toss out any customers who “big loudmouths” so when you make it to Food for Life mind your manners or “No fish nuggets for you!”

Food For Life
4929 Suitland Road
Suitland, MD 20746-1262
(301) 735-4007

Best Concert Venue: 9:30 Club

The premiere concert venue in DC is 9:30 Club, where there is an eclectic mix of local, national and international acts scheduled 7 days a week. Not only do the serve cocktails and an unbelievably wide selection of beer, you can also get fueled up for the live music at the coffee bar (fancy!) and even order from a full menu of delicious sandwiches, pizzas and snacks. Wale has made an appearance on the 9:30 stage many times in his career; other hot ticket shows coming up this summer include Stephen Marley, The Glitch Mob, Bon Iver, and Mogwai.

9:30 Club
815 V Street Northwest
Washington D.C., DC 20001-3020
(202) 265-0930