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U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

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U Street: Food, History, and Street Art Tour

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icon3 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Get a taste of Washington DC's historic U Street neighborhood on this guided culinary walking tour. Discover the history and culture of these streets, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway,’ while stopping at multiple local restaurants to sample the foods that make these neighborhoods unique. A portion of every ticket price goes to feed district residents in need.
  • Enjoy a walking food tour in Washington DC
  • Visit the U Street neighborhood, formerly known as ‘Black Broadway’
  • Stop at local restaurants and sample a variety of dishes
  • Learn about the city's history and culture
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Local/professional guide
Lunch
Historical Content
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
1213 U St NW , 1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA

Please arrive 5 minutes prior to tour time and meet your guide outside of the restaurant. If you do not see your guide, please head inside and find your group.

11:30 AM
1405 T St NW , 1405 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking - we cannot accommodate vegans :(
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • DC requires proof of vaccination with government ID at all restaurants
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note: Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate vegan diets or dairy allergies on this tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Blue Fern Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-5
Must Do!
Rachel_L
, Jul 2022
This was one of the best tours I’ve ever been on. The guide was knowledgeable and his timing was perfect. The food and the views were superb. I can’t wait to bring my entire family back for the experience. A definite must do.
star-5
Great tour!
Meredith_B
, Jun 2022
Jason was great! Super knowledgeable about the food and the area. The food was amazing - my friend and I even went back to the first apot when the tour was over. Loved trying new types of food. A really great way to get a taste of DC.
star-3
Disappointed
Dianne_D
, Jun 2022
Jason was accommodating, knowledgeable and enthusiastic However, his eagerness to share information resulted in far too much talking. The tour was at least 65% detailed “information overload.” We enjoy food tours where ever we travel; and although they always includes some education, the emphasis is normally the food. Also, we felt that the $104 was over-priced for 4 stops. We normally pay $65 - $75, which includes 5 or 6 food stops. Also, for four food stops, this tour should be no more than 2 hours (max).
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for taking the time to review us multiple places, Dianne! Our tour prices include donations to charity as well as a 20% tip to service staff at our restaurant partners, who receive full price for all of our tastings. We may have fewer stops than most food tours, but as they are more substantial we try to give our guests an opportunity to work up an appetite in between each tasting. Thanks again for your support!
star-5
Delightful and Delicious
scmaes
, May 2022
Delightful review of history and art murals. Jason brought U Street alive. Every bite of food was remarkable
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you for a great review!
star-5
Great to see a...
Denise_C
, May 2022
Great to see a revitalization to the neighborhood and such a good history area and good variety of food!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your kind review, Denise!
star-5
Superb Experience
Sydney_M
, May 2022
The tour was wonderful start to finish. Jason was a very knowledgeable and friendly guide who really had the most contagious zest for life. We truly enjoyed all the food we had and were very happy with the amount and quality of history that was shared with us. As a huge bonus, the gluten free options for the person with a gluten allergy in our party were really great and equally as appetizing as the regular food items. I definitely recommend this tour (and Jason!!)!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
We do try to accommodate dietary restrictions whenever possible, so we appreciate you sharing your experience, Sydney. We're glad you got a chance to experience Jason's infectious energy! Thank you for your recommendation.
star-5
History, food and fun
CarolAnn_M
, May 2022
Awesome informative and delicious tour. Great history, gracious tour guide- good for visitors and locals!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for your review, Carol!
star-5
TAKE THIS TOUR!
Darlene_J
, Apr 2022
This will be my 2nd time taking this tour( 1st time was Pre Covid) Sonora is a Fabulous Tour Guide! Knowledgeable, Energetic, & Friendly! 1st stop & Meet at Iconic Ben's Chili Bowl for a half smoke! Delicious! We did get Our Steps In! We need it to walk off the Yummy Food! Next stops were Ethiopian & Cuban restaurants! And then Ice Cream! The History of U= Street was fascinating! We really enjoyed the African American Civil War Memorial & the Knowledgeable Marcus Who Taught Is the History! This is such an important tour! Take It!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Darlene, thank you so much for keeping us in mind when it came time to show your family around DC! Maybe next time you're in town we'll be able to reveal the hidden history of Georgetown or Old Town Alexandria. Thank you for such a great review!
star-5
Iconic Black History & Food Tour
Calandria_B
, Apr 2022
We loved every bit of this tour! The historical places we visited that were rich in culture. Our favorite stop was Ben's Chili Bowl, the art murals, the Black Civil War Memorial in front of the first black mason building. Seeing the first black owned businesses that made DC was iconic!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
It's an honor to be able to impart the colorful history of U Street to our guests and we're glad you got a chance to soak it all in. Thank you for such a lovely review!
star-5
Great tour
Maureen_L
, Apr 2022
Great tour - guide was excellent, food great, pacing perfect. Good mix of history of area and food. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for a great review, Maureen! We're glad you got the chance to work up an appetite between tastings. Thanks again for your recommendation!
star-2
Not a Food Tour - Beware!
MichaelA_W
, Apr 2022
This was marketed as a ""food, history, and cultural tour," but it was not a food tour at all. We left after 2 hours and 45 minutes having sampled only 2 venues. The guide, Jason, was eloquent and passionate about the neighborhood, but the lack of quantity and diversity in food samplings was extremely disappointing. Definitely not worth $100+ per head.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We always appreciate hearing from our guests, Michael. Our food tour is structured a little differently than most in that while we have larger tastings at fewer stops, each tasting we offer helps to tell the story of DC. Not only that, it helps support Mary and Stefan's mission of pouring back into the community we love. We're so sorry you missed out on tasty Cuban pastries and delicious ice cream, but maybe we'll catch you on your next trip to DC!
star-5
Fun and delicious
Abhilasha_J
, Apr 2022
The food was delicious and our guide Jason did a great job explaining the significance of all of the sites we visited! I especially enjoyed hearing about the history of black broadway.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
We certainly have a lot to thank the legends of Black Broadway for. Thank you for such a nice review!
star-5
Great experience filled with fun, food and family
Elgin_C
, Mar 2022
This was a great tour and Jason was able to make it that much more special for our family of eight. As an African-American, I was a little hesitant about a white guy telling the African American experience, but he did it with such grace, style and sensitivity. Jason was truly passionate and proud of this history and made it evident that this is American history. He kept everyone engaged in spite of the cold weather. Jason was very accommodating for my 81 year-old mom and even gave her his jacket. The nuggets of history that he shared with us was great conversation later that evening at the family dinner table. Marquette Milton showing up as a Union soldier was a surprise treat! He was filled with so much information and it was a pleasure watching Jason and Marquette go back and forth about the knowledge and things that they've learned about the history in this area. The food was delicious & very filling & accommodated me as a vegetarian. Jason also later followed up with ideas of places to have dinner during our vacation. I look forward to doing the Georgetown food tour with Jason on my next DC vacation.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Elgin, we appreciate your honesty about your initial hesitancy to see someone who doesn't look like you telling the story of Black Broadway. However, it is exactly as you said: Black history IS American history, and needs to be taught to everyone regardless of color. DC history hits particularly close to home for Jason as a native Washingtonian, and we know he takes care of guests as thoughtfully as he would his own mother. As far as Marquette goes, he is one of the hidden gems of the African American Civil War Museum and you are definitely blessed to have been graced with his knowledge and graciousness as well. Thank you for this fantastic review, and we hope to be able to share the hidden history and flavors of Georgetown with you soon!
star-5
Delicious Food Linked to Fascinating Neighborhood History
James_P
, Mar 2022
This is a really good tour. Our guide did a great job of linking the delicious food with the fascinating history of the neighborhood. The food is plentiful. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for your recommendation, James! We're so glad you had a good time!
star-5
Perfect balance of food, history, culture, and connections
shanna_s
, Mar 2022
Jason did a fantastic job connecting the local area to its past. This was a rich tapestry of people, their food, it’s cultural roots, with beautiful and narrative murals/sculptures and the historic places that connect it/us all. We finished feeling satisfied from all the great food and walking. It was a perfect way to start our DC historic adventure!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We're glad Jason was able to show off the beauty of DC for you. Thank you for the glowing review!
star-5
Awesome tour
Elijah_J
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide Jason went above and beyond. It was clear this is more than a job to him but a joy to share about his city of D.C. and the amazing people who have lived in and poured into the community of UStreet
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Jason's passion for his city is nothing short of infectious. Thanks for the great review, Elijah!
star-5
Yummy, delicious food...
sarah_m
, Mar 2022
Yummy, delicious food while learning all about the area. It was a great day with lots of new information.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Thank you for a nice review, Sarah!
star-5
Fun and Tasty
Elaine_L
, Mar 2022
Jason was a fantastic tour guide! We learned tons of history and enjoyed some very tasty food including an Ethiopian dish. I can’t wait to do another DC food tour!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
We're so glad you enjoyed your tastings, Elaine! Ethiopian is definitely a house favorite over here as well. Thank you for your support!
star-5
Great learning experience
Brian_E
, Feb 2022
Booked on a whim not knowing the area. Tour was fun, interesting and packed with little taught history on Black Broadway and many associated areas. Jason was knowledgeable and able to bring the locations to life. Glad we took the tour and the food was good too!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
We're glad the whim paid off for you, Brian. Thank you for your appreciation of the history that didn't make it into the books!
star-5
Beyond expectation. Best trip!
Jiun_K
, Jan 2022
Jason was a superb guide. His enthusiasm was enough to excite us throughout the entire trip. I always wanted an authentic washington experience. This was exactly what i was looking for. There is no need to speak about the great food. It was a great pleasure.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thanks for such a nice review, Jiun! Jason's enthusiasm really does serve as a perfect counterpoint to our yummy tastings!

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