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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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This Ain't the 90s U Street Anymore

First came to this area as a chaperone on a school trip to DC and NYC. We stopped at Ben's Chili Bowl and one of the long time employees gave our group a brief history of the area... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

There didn't seem to be too much to see when we visited. We originally came with the intention of eating in one of the restaurants. Unfortunately our first choice was full, and the staff in the 2nd choice were pretty rude, so we decided to find somewhere else. Wasn't really that impressed with the area - certainly there are better... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This area has evolved over the years from being rough and decrepit to now being where the action is! In the past, Ben's Chili Bowl was about the only reason to visit this area. Now, there are numerous top notch restaurants, shops, theater, and more. At 14th and V you have Bus Boys and Poets and Eatonville. Further down by... More 

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Sevierville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very good! No frills, just really good food. It was busy so you may have to wait to get a seat, but it is well worth it.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

First came to this area as a chaperone on a school trip to DC and NYC. We stopped at Ben's Chili Bowl and one of the long time employees gave our group a brief history of the area including the rise and fall and rise again and all of the changes that have taken place. Just recently traveling alone I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This is a cool neighborhood to see at least once, and during the day. There are some great restaurants here, and it's really been cleaned up in the last few years!

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 via mobile

I went to see the African American history and roots of this historic neighborhood and was amazed to see that it was full of sushi, Thai and hipster bars. Other than Bens and a few plaques there didn't seem to be much left of the historic elements.

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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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Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle

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