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“still sketchy” 3 of 5 stars
Review of U Street

U Street
Washington DC, DC (Dupont Circle)
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Ranked #132 of 388 things to do in Washington DC
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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.
Brussels, Belgium
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“still sketchy”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 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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30 reviews
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“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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Bacolod, Philippines
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“Dirty but Damn Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

If you're into the whole "tofurkey" diet, I don't recommend this place for you. While they do have vegetarian-friendly options, it smells of greasy American diner that hasn't been thoroughly cleaned since when it first opened. I guess with the high influx of tourists and locals, the staff have little or no time to do a thorough wipe down of most things. But still- this place stands the test of time and has a lot of incredible history behind it. Not to mention it has the best damn half-smoked sausages I've had.

Visited August 2012
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Washington, DC
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173 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“A late night must”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Just a cool place to visit while in DC. I always recommend Ben's to out of towners and bring folks there late night for the heart stopper food. Everything is tasty but nothing is outstanding. The best part of Ben's is the history, the people watching, and the hangover relieving heartburn. Have been here at least 100 times and will be back at least another hundred.

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Washington, DC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Late night run!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

This place is great to fill your tummy late at night. A relaxed vibe and quality chili on your dog. Yum yum.

Visited June 2012
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