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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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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 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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1,305 reviews 1,305 reviews
661 attraction reviews
370 helpful votes 370 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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2,107 reviews 2,107 reviews
1,136 attraction reviews
1,130 helpful votes 1,130 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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Santiago, Chile
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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