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Address: , Washington DC, DC
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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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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358 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

There are a few restaurants like Ben's and some ethnic ones to choose from. Parking is tight much of the time. Not too expensive an area for eats and drinks. The Howard and Lincoln Theaters are nearby plus a few other clubs.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 392 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

A lot of the cooler restaurants and bars are in the area. We had dinner at Jack Roses in the area. It's packed at night so reservations for dinner or wait with everyone else. Plenty of options in the area.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

I had seen this place on the travel channel and thought we would give it a try. The food was okay but for me it was the experience of nostalgia that made it worth a visit. There was a lot of energy from the staff that carried over to the customers which only enhanced the experience. Staff was very friendly.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,119 helpful votes
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 56 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 16 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 135 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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