Ben's Chili Bowl co-founder reflects on Anthony Bourdain visits

Ben's Chili Bowl had a tribute picture of Anthony Bourdain posted on its door Friday in memory of celebrity chef and television host after he was found dead at 61.

Bourdain had visited the famed D.C. restaurant several times over the years, including a 2009 visit to record an episode of his Travel Channel show "No Reservations."

Virginia Ali, Ben's Chili Bowl co-founder, told FOX 5 she will always remember Bourdain's kind words about her restaurant.

"He was warm, hospitable, friendly and talked about the place in such positive terms," said Ali.

In the episode, Bourdain and his crew highlighted the history of Ben's Chili Bowl and the signature half-smoke.

Ali said Bourdain visited the restaurant on several occasions and gifted Ali with a copy of his book.

"I felt like he really, thoroughly enjoyed himself," Ali said. "He really made us feel special and he seemed to have done that wherever he was."

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