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Review of U Street

U Street
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Walking Food Tour Of The Historic U Street and Shaw Neighborhoods
Ranked #162 of 460 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.
Reviewed January 25, 2013

The U Street corridor once suffered all the ills of an aging inner city area -- boarded up storefronts, litter, a general sad neglected look. But today's U Street is filled with cool shops, unique restaurants and wine bars, and increasingly more places to live and shop for regular stuff like groceries and home furnishings. The area offers a mix of 1800s era townhomes with lots of Victorian architectural features, early 1900s era Art Deco style apartment buildings, and several steel and glass modern dwellings with a few obscure but fascinating embassy buildings. Noted for such iconic places as Ben's Chili Bowl and the recently refurbished Howard Theater, the U is also home to night clubs and a lively night scene. But it's equally attractive during the day. I like to visit to take pictures of the great variety of architectural styles, learn about its history, visit the local farmers market, and of course, have lunch at one of the many unique eateries and poke around in the shops. My favorites: Bars and eateries: Taboq and Oya. Stores: Room and Board and Design within Reach. The area is easily accessible by Metro. There are lots of parking garages around and usually on weekends you can find street parking without too much trouble.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I'm not a big partier but I love U Street for vintage shopping--some great places for lunch, as well as salons and antique furniture.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Nice little area tucked into DC, lots of different restaurants and bars. I have only been here on weekend nights and always have a great time, Oya and El Centro are great places to eat, make sure to make reservations, and Taboq is a really fun bar with a great martini list, there are also some jazz clubs a specialy wine bar (Church Keys) and a hip hop clob, all in all whatever mood you're in there is something for you!

2  Thank BeachLove5238
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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...

Thank christinamcp
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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.

Thank BigTJ
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