The U Street/Cardozo Metro Station has been an integral catalyst for the resurgence of the area’s restaurants, farmer’s markets and boutiques, as well as the renovation of historic landmarks such as the Lincoln Theater. We’ve covered how much we love the 14th Street and U Street corridor for the spectacular culture and beauty, but there really is something to say about the food scene found just around the corner of The Clifton in this fantastic corridor. Here are some of our favorite food (and beyond) spots where you can take a minute to relax and enjoy the neighborhood.
Among its many nicknames, U Street was also once known as “Little Ethiopia” for a stretch of restaurants that dotted the street. Today, you can still find a few Ethiopian eateries, like Dukem Restaurant, where you can grab some injera (a spongy bread) and binge on exotic spices. The legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl, known for its traditional D.C. half-smoke smothered in chili, has served locals celebrities and even the President.
Although these last couple of restaurants are staples within the neighborhood, an eclectic amount of restaurants have surfaced over the past couple of years. Some of our favorites are French-inspired Le Diplomate, Big Bear Café, Chaplins, Pizzeria Vetri and Streets Market Café – which all bring innovative and heartfelt fare to the neighborhood.
Though fantastic restaurants are sprinkled throughout U Street, we recommend waking up early and perusing one of the many great farmer’s markets in D.C. — the 14&U Farmers’ Market. Named after its location, this quintessential, urban farmer’s market is spread out at the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets. Scoop up your weekly vegetables, dairy and meats from local growers and get to know your neighbors.