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U Street

Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
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Address: Washington DC, DC
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Dining
Description: The U Street Corridor is home to some of DC's iconic foods. Ben's Chili...
The U Street Corridor is home to some of DC's iconic foods. Ben's Chili Bowl, home of the half-smoke, is there plus an area referred to by some as "Little Ethiopia" due to the large number of Ethiopian restaurants.
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My hubby and I came here specifically to eat at Ben's chili bowl because we knew it was a landmark. As highly talked about as the place was, it was just mediocre the dogs we got... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

My hubby and I came here specifically to eat at Ben's chili bowl because we knew it was a landmark. As highly talked about as the place was, it was just mediocre the dogs we got were good but nothing that we could not have made it home to be just as tasty. But the really only bad part about... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This area is very interesting and is changing fast. It used to be mainly african american, then the Ethiopians moved in, now latinos and whites are making this one of the most mixed neighborhoods in the city, second only to columbia heights. Come for the entertainment options, particularly at night, or for some restaurant sampling (ethiopian is a must try... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We used "DC by Foot" for this food tour. We have been happy with DC by foot but this one fell a little short. The tour guide wasn't as passionate, nor as well informed as the other tours. That said, it was interesting to see the African American community history of the area: Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes. There is a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you have the time to get off the regular tourist spots in DC, check out U Street and Check out Ben's Chili Bowl. It has been a main stay in the African American community for years and now enjoys visits from a very divers crowd of people. Located in U street corridor it serves up a flavorful menu of... More 

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Gardner, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

If you like really good Chile dogs, come here, the ambiance is very old school, but the food is really good, three blocks from the U street metro. Might want to come before or after lunch time, really packed, during lunch. Price per person is about $10 for Chile dog and Chile fries.

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Santiago, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

U street is the place to start your weekend in DC, we found very interesting restaurants and bars along the street, and finally decides for an amazing meal at an ethiope place

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

This used to be one of the worst areas of DC, but voila! There's been a renaissance and this area has come back big time. Interesting and varied restaurants, clubs, bars and even a place where you can read and hear poetry (Busboy & Poets). Music is a big deal now and you can catch jazz (Bohemian Caverns the best... More 

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maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Visiting U street is to me taking a step into another world. The restaurants are great, lots of soul. I visited U street in the sixties often going to the Bohemian Caverns (Home of The In Crowd-Ramsey Lewis) If you visit DC check out U street. You won't be disappointed.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

It's not the best I've ever had but the best for this DMV area for sure. Plus the place has a lot of history so going to check it out isn't a bad thing either.

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I didn't rate this highly because visitors to Washington with limited time can find more interesting places to spend their time. This corridor is probably past "up-and-coming".

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