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U Street

Washington DC, DC (National Mall)
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Ranked #106 of 254 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,675 reviews 1,675 reviews
880 attraction reviews
839 helpful votes 839 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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17 reviews 17 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
30 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

It is one of my favorite places to see a show. It's like an underground cavern for music. You walk in and go right down a steep set of stairs. There you have the ticket window and the merch booths for the bands. As you keep walking you walk into the room which is pretty narrow but very deep, good... More

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Santiago, Chile
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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248 reviews 248 reviews
123 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
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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