Washington, D.C. Journals

The road less traveled in DC...

A travel journal to Washington, D.C. by pluralofcow

Quote: There's so much more to the District than gargantuan museums, austere memorials, and trappings of bureaucracy. The residential areas of the city are full of things to see and do, and don't have the annoyance of being overcrowded with loud, slow-walking tourists.

The road less traveled in DC...

Overview

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Beyond the monuments, museums, and crowded memorials there's an entire city waiting to be discovered. While DC was originally designed as purely a Federal City, by the end of the Civil War it had become a bustling residential city as well. DC's neighborhoods are chock-full of history and culture and offer a diverse variety of options for entertainment, dining, and recreation. Highlights include: U-Street/Shaw: These neighborhoods were once among the wealthiest African-American communities in the city. They were the epicenter of the city's jazz scene and were visited by many famous musicians. The eighties and nineties hit these areas hard, and they're now beginning to return t...Read More

Ben's Chili Bowl

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Restaurant

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Ben's Chili Bowl is a must-see (must-taste?) diner in DC's rapidly gentrifying U-Street corridor. Once the epicenter of DC's African-American community, U-Street maintains part of its jazz history while catering to a new kind of neighborhood resident. Ben's is one of a few institutions that remains from U-Street's heyday, and it is certainly the tastiest. Ben's can be reached by Metro's Green line at the U-Street/Cardozo/African-American Civil War Memorial stop, alternatively you can take the 52/3/4 bus or the 66, and exit at U street. When you first see the place from the street you immediately get a sense of its old-time vibe. There is no wait staff. When you get i...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2004

Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 667-0909

Bukom Cafe

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Restaurant

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Bukom is a taste of West Africa in the midst of the numerous Ethiopian joints on 18th Street in Adams Morgam. The restaurant is fairly casual during dining hours, sometimes you will seat yourself and at others one of the staff members will guide you to a table. The menu may be a bit intimidating to those who haven't been to Africa, but many of the dishes are suitable for even the pickiest palate. Chicken with peanut stew (Kumasi Nkatekwan) and jollof rice are tasty without being too spicy, while egusi with goat, fried fish with kenkey, and red-red satisfy the adventurous eater. For an appetizer try the fried plantains--delicious! Some things on the menu may sound unfam...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 23, 2004

Bukom Cafe
2442 18th Street, North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20009
(202) 265-4600

Komi

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Restaurant

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Johnny Monis, Komi's chef, is something of a wunderkind. Not yet out of his twenties, he consistently turns out delicious and thoughtful food in his small Dupont Circle restaurant. On weekdays the menu is available à la carte and features decadent pastas, interesting appetizers and fantastic house-cured meats. If the suckling pig is on the menu, it is a must order, even the polenta served on the side is amazing. On weekends the restaurant serves a prix fixe menu at $69 per person. This is an incredible value for the amount and quality of food. The meal begins with a parade of small plates, sometimes as many as eight delectable items. Burrata and beef carpaccio are among the highlights. The...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 28, 2006

Komi
1509 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 332-9200