Last night after work I made my way down to U Street in Washington, DC. Although I’ve been to U Street a number of times, there were 3 things I’ve yet to experience on this historic street…
Our first stop was Local 16’s rooftop bar. DC has some amazing rooftop bars but oddly enough, I had never been to one. Local 16 has a great atmosphere, awesome drink specials, and a beautiful roof deck.
My friends ordered a few different cocktails and I enjoyed an iced cold beer. I wish I was more adventurous with cocktails but I always end up ordering beer.
After drinks we walked back towards the metro for some Ethiopian food at Dukem Restaurant.
I’ve always wanted to try Ethiopian food and let me tell y’all, it’s pretty awesome!
We started out with the Sambusa with spinach, which to me was a lot like an empanada.
For dinner, the three of us shared the Dukem Special Tibs (which is the beef in the center of the platter) and the Regular Veggie Combo (starting at the top and going clockwise: yellow peas, spicy split lentil, a sauce of some sort, greens, and tomato salad).
As you don’t eat Ethiopian food with silverware, you are given this amazingly spongy bread to eat all of your food with. My favorite dish was the tibs!
Now the last thing on my U Street to do list was to visit Ben’s Chili Bowl (though last night’s visit was totally impulsive). Ben’s has been around since 1958 and was one of two establishments on U Street to make it through the 1968 riots in DC.
The three of us shared an order of Ben’s Beef Chili Cheese fries, which were pretty good. I can see why people love Ben’s Chili Bowl, and although it wasn’t the best chili I’ve ever had, sitting in such a historical restaurant was a lot of fun.
Last night was a blast and I loved being able to knock three things off my summer to do list! It reminded me of how much there is to do in DC!