U Street Food and History Tour

U Street - Cardozo

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In a Nutshell

Jeffrey Diaz takes you to sample soul food and view historical sites that helped define U Street's African American culture

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires May 4, 2014. Amount paid never expires. This deal is for the purchase of a ticket. Reservations required prior to attending event. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 4 participants or experience subject to cancellation. Dates subject to capacity and cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Gratuity included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • $39.99 for one admission to a U Street and African American Foodie Tour with Jeffrey Diaz
  • Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates
  • You must reserve your date here in advance of the event

Groups meet next to the mural at Ben's Chili Bowl, located between the Lincoln Theatre and Ben's Chili Bowl.

Each event is capped at 12 purchasers; each event requires a minimum of 4 purchasers in order to take place.

What You'll Do

U Street was once known as "Black Broadway," a title coined by Pearl Bailey and earned by the corridor's many jazz clubs, restaurants, and people that helped define its African American culture. The mural outside of Ben's Chili Bowl depicts some of these luminaries, making it the perfect meeting place for this walking African American Foodie Tour. From here, Jeffrey Diaz or one of his experienced guides takes you to historical locations and restaurants, where you meet the chefs and sample authentic African dishes, Southern favorites, and soul food.

  • Introductions
    After a brief introduction, foodie Jeffrey Diaz or one of his guides goes over the different stops on the tour and addresses any concerns related to food allergies. The tour's samples can be made vegetarian upon request.

  • History and Food Tour
    The 1- to 1.25-mile tour alternates between historical locales and and restaurants, with five total stops for food and drink.

  • Chat With Chefs
    You meet each restaurant's chef or general manager, ask questions, and sample food and drinks that were prepared ahead of time—no waiting necessary.

  • Parting Gifts
    Your host leaves the group with recommendations for additional sites to visit, along with a goodie bag containing treats and menus from restaurants visited during the tour.

Your Host

Jeffrey Diaz Jeffrey Diaz
Foodie and Tour Guide

Jeffrey Diaz wants to get you out of your comfort zone. During his restaurant tours, he and his fellow guides encourage tour-goers to try entirely new dishes and drinks. The job is a natural fit for Jeffrey, who spent more than 20 years as a chef and has worked as a tour guide in Philadelphia, Oregon, and Washington, D.C.

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    U Street - Cardozo

    1213 U Street Northwest

    Washington, DC 20009

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