- $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.
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.
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.
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.