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“Sad I Moved Away” 4 of 5 stars
Review of U Street

U Street
Washington DC, DC (National Mall)
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Ranked #103 of 253 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.
Oakton, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Sad I Moved Away”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

What a great place for a late night treat, or lunch, of dinner. I've read that they even serve breakfast! Oh, and they have a stand at National's Park, so you can have it at as baseball game, too! Really, this place is great, the chili dogs, burgers, fries, or half-smokes (personal favorite) are the perfect treat. Milkshakes rock, too. Also, I met Abe Lincoln here...odd, I know...

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DC
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3 attraction reviews
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“Best half smoke in town”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Ben's has the best half smoke in town by far! Only drama is parking in DC, so I suggest metro right across the street.

Visited November 2012
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Annandale, Virginia
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Clubs and theaters”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

You have to be careful walking around at night. Not the safest area. Fairly high crime area, but when you are going to a club or theater and lots of folks are walking around it is safer.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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“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
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“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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