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“Lots to see” 3 of 5 stars
Review of U Street

U Street
Washington DC, DC (National Mall)
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Ranked #109 of 257 Attractions in Washington DC
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Nightlife, Dining
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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 "Little Ethiopia" due to the large number of Ethiopian restaurants.
Fairfax, Virginia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

U Street has gone through a great renovation. A lot of restaurants and the Lincoln Theater draw many people but my favorite place is Ben's Chili Bowl. It's worth the trip.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Not as good”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

As Ben's has gotten more popular it just isn't as good as it use to be. Like many places that become popular with big name people the quality fades.

Visited August 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Up and coming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2012

Okay, I have to admit I was expecting a little more glitz, but this is definitely the new shabby chic corridor of DC. In fact, that's what's so charming about it... no need to bring out the Armani suits... just be yourself and have fun.

Visited October 2012
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Regensburg, Germany
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“still sketchy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

a lot has been done, to make the area nicer and safer. but there are still some "strange" people around and some of the bars are really filthy.

Visited April 2012
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Washington, DC
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5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Hip neighborhood with a lot of weekend/evening life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

I live in this neighborhood so I wish you would all stop driving here and parking on residential streets. Otherwise, it's a great place to hang out. Something for everyone. Ben's is overrated (even though I still go there after 10 years for the occasional overpriced food). Go to Florida Avenue Grill for a more authentic U Street experience.

Visited October 2012
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