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Address: Washington DC, DC
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Many Changes of U Street Cardozo area

During a visit to DC, my friend and I enjoyed a visit to Ben's Chili Bowl. Waiting in line took about 45 minutes to get in, but it was worth it. The chili fries were delicious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
rarobins17
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Lafayette, Indiana
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Lafayette, Indiana
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

During a visit to DC, my friend and I enjoyed a visit to Ben's Chili Bowl. Waiting in line took about 45 minutes to get in, but it was worth it. The chili fries were delicious! Other aspects of the visit were noticing the changes that seemed to be taking place as we walked toward Adams-Morgan; hints of gentrification. I... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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378 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 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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2 Thank LisandroVoyager
Dallas, Texas
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1,371 reviews
360 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 427 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

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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1 Thank wick1979
Cincinnati, Ohio
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104 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 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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1 Thank 859TK
Singapore, Singapore
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2,216 reviews
1,327 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,226 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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1 Thank KGB777
Kensington, Maryland
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178 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 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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45 reviews
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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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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 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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2,209 reviews
1,225 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,706 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

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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1 Thank WhitO5214
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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