I have a new goal/a new list to start ticking things off of. Explore U Street more, by way of restaurants, bars, etc. This inspiration came to me as I was sipping a drink and sharing a dinner entre with my friend Nova this past Friday night, at 1905, coincidentally a U-Street restaurant and bar.
For non-DCers, U Street Corridor is a neighborhood in the District with many shops, restaurants, nightclubs, art galleries, and music venues. It covers about a 9-block stretch. I have heard it referred to as a “hispter” part of town and that it carries a similar Austin, Texas vibe in the neighborhood.
According to Wikipedia, “until the 1920s, when it was overtaken by Harlem, the U Street Corridor was home to the nation’s largest urban African American community.In its cultural heyday, it was known as “Black Broadway”, a phrase coined by singer Pearl Bailey. Duke Ellington’s childhood home was located on 13th street between T and S Streets. The Lincoln Theatre opened in 1921, and Howard Theater in 1926.
I’ve been to U Street a handful of times, but for some reason I forget about it when I’m trying to decide what restaurant to eat at or what bar to meet friends for happy hour. No more. In addition to it being a very interesting and cool part of D.C., it’s also shamefully closer to me than I had cared to think. Namely because I can get to it on the metro without changing lines. I admit it, I can be lazy sometimes so that fact is very appealing to me.
Bars I Need to go to – never been before:
1. American Ice – from what I’ve heard it’s just a chill bar, with fabulous nachos.
Restaurants I Need to go to – only been there for drinks and want to try the food:
1. Vinoteca – wine bar/bistro.
2. Marvin – bar and bistro dedicated to D.C.’s own, Marvin Gaye.
3. Brixton – British style restaurant and pub. We had our work holiday party here last week and Tommy and I really liked the atmosphere.
4. Cafe St. Ex – a restaurant named after Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the famous French aviator and author of “The Little Prince”.
Places I Have Been, but Want to go Back to:
2. Etete – really, really good Ethiopian restaurant.
3. Ulah Bistro – bar and lounge. I’ve only eaten here for dinner, but I want to try brunch here. Several people, including the blog Bitches Who Brunch, have spoken highly of their brunch. I do love a good brunch.
4. 9:30 Club – concert space. I’ve been here several times to see musical acts – most recently Texas star Pat Green. It’s a really chill, intimate place.
5. Ben’s Chili Bowl – so good. That is all.
For more information/background on this part of town go here.
1. Any favorite U Street bars, restaurants that you suggest I go to?