Historic U Street Food Tour

DC Metro Food Tours

Zerve Seller: DCFoodTours
Activity #2941
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Available Dates & Times Price Duration
All times listed are Eastern time zone

Description

U Street, known as "Black Broadway," has been the heart of the African-American music scene for over half a century. Once the home of Duke Ellington, it remains a vibrant and exciting neighborhood. The music scene in the U Street area consists of historic theaters, long standing jazz clubs and hot new venues.
 
We will take you through the corridor, sampling a variety of cuisine that follows the history of the neighborhood, from its humble roots, to its prominence to the African-American community, to its rebirth and new-found eclectic diversity.

Some of the things we may get to sample on this food tour include:
  • Traditional and modern soul food
  • 5th Generation Caribbean cuisine
  • European inspired dishes from a neighborhood speakeasy.
  • Modern low country cuisine
  • Local beers
  • Hand made desserts  

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity for your tour guide is not included, but appreciated!

Meeting Location

Outside the U Street Metro Station, 10th & U St NW (Washington, DC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

FAQs

Do I have to purchase tickets in advance? Can I pay cash?
Tickets must be purchased in advance as tours usually sell out quickly ahead of time. To maximize your chances of getting your desired day, time, and number of tickets, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a Visa, AMEX, or Mastercard. Cash is not accepted.
If a tour is sold out, can I get on a waiting list?
We do not provide a waiting list. If a date is sold out, there is always a chance that we will add an additional tour. Please contact us by clicking the "Contact DCFoodTours" link to let us know what date you are interested in. We may provide additional tours once a tour is close to being sold out. The maximum number of people per tour group is 12.
What about taking children on the tour?
Children are welcome on the tour. It should be noted, however, that the tour is three and a half hours long. Some children have a limited attention span and therefore the tour may not be appropriate for some of them. Parents, who know their children best, should assess the situation on a case by case basis. Since there is a lot of standing and walking, please consider this when deciding whether the tour is appropriate for your child.
If I am bringing an infant/very young child, do I need to purchase a ticket for them?
If you are bringing children below the age of 7 and they will not be participating in the tastings (or will share with you!), you do not need to purchase tickets for them. However, please do let us know if you will be attending with an infant or young child when you purchase tickets.
What types of foods are served on the tour?
We will stop at 5 sit down restaurants during the tour to sample traditional and modern soul food, the half-smoke – Washington DC’s only indigenous food, authentic Caribbean cuisine, 5th generation Jamaican dishes, modern American cuisine, local beers, hand made desserts. Food-tasting locations may change without notice.
How much food is served on the tour?
There are 5 stops on the tour where you will be served small specialty meals. For most people there is enough food that dinner afterward will not be necessary.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please let us know if anyone in your group has a dietary restriction (e.g. vegetarian, diabetic, etc.) when you purchase your tickets. As long as we know well enough in advance, we can often accommodate your needs. If we do not find out about the special needs until the day of the tour, it is usually not possible for us to appropriately adjust the food on the tour.
Are there kosher options on the tour?
Unfortunately we do not serve kosher food on the tour.
Are there any beverages served on the tour?
Water will be served at each stop. You will also have the opportunity to sample a beer and have either tea or coffee at selected stops.
Do we just walk around and sample food?
Absolutely not! Aside from sampling delicious food, you will also experience life as we traverse the streets of U Street in Washington, DC. The tour is fully narrated by your guide, who will discuss the history, culture, architecture and entertainment that historic U Street has to offer.
Are bathrooms available during the tour?
Yes, bathrooms are available during the tour at all restaurants. We will stop at each restaurant for 20-25 minutes, which includes time to use the bathrooms.
How much walking is involved? Is it a fast-paced tour?
We are on our feet for approximately half of the tour. We cover a good deal of information yet walk at a comfortable pace. We sit at most restaurants for 20-25 minutes. Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Are tours offered only in English?
Yes, we only offer tours in English at this time. If you would like to make arrangements for your own interpreter to join the tour, please contact DC Metro Food Tours by clicking on the "Contact DCFoodTours" link.
Does the tour leader accept gratuities?
Gratuities are always appreciated, although not mandatory.
What happens if it rains or snows?
The tours are held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, we will be going inside many of the establishments on the tour. We will not be outdoors for the entire tour. You should still dress appropriately for the day's weather conditions.
May I bring my dog on the tour?
Unfortunately, pets of any kind are not allowed on this tour.
Does this tour have anything to offer DC area residents?
Absolutely! Many of our attendees live in the Washington DC area. Locals often take the tours to learn about the unique neighborhoods that surround the nation’s capital. We mainly stay off the beaten path, and thus avoid being consumed by crowds of tourists.
Can I shop on the tour?
We ask that you wait to shop until after the tour so that we can stay on schedule and continue with the informative tour and food tastings in a timely manner. Hopefully, you will allow time at the end of the tour to return to your favorite locations and/or stores.
Where does the tour finish?
The tour finishes only a couple of blocks away from the starting point. Additionally, each participant will receive specific direction details and a map at the beginning of the tour in order to gain familiarity with the area.
Are cameras allowed on the tour?
Yes. Cameras and filming are allowed during the tour. We strongly encourage participants to take photos throughout the tour.
How many stops will there be? And how much time will we spend at each stop?
There will be five stops along the tour. Each stop will last between 20 and 25 minutes.
How much time will be spent inside? How much will be spent outside?
You will spend between at least half the tour inside various restaurants. The other half will be spent on the streets of historic U Street in Washington, DC.
Is there wheelchair access on the tour?
Our tour will cover some uneven terrain. If you or another guest with you needs wheelchair access, please contact the seller in advance. We will work to accomodate you.
Is there parking nearby the tour meeting point?
Yes, there is a parking garage located near the meeting point. Specific parking details are included in the meeting location directions after purchasing ticket(s).
Are gift certificates available for the tour?
Yes, gift certificates are available for all DC Metro Food Tours and make an ideal gift for birthdays, holidays, or any occasion! To purchase a gift certificate, please click on the "Contact DCFoodTours" link to make a request.
Can I book a private tour?
Yes, private tours are available. To learn more about booking a Private Group Tour, please click on the "Contact DCFoodTours" link.

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DC Metro Food Tours

DC Metro Food Tours offers unique culinary and cultural walking tours that bring you to some of the area's most unique and historic neighborhoods. Learn from highly trained guides about the architecture and history while enjoying cuisine from locally owned and operated restaurants.

We will open your mind and palette to the sights, sounds and flavors that Washington DC has to offer. The area best known for its museums and moments is also full of exciting, historic neighborhoods that offer a wide range of cuisine that will change your expectations of our nation’s capital.

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