Last Updated: August 11, 2021
Looking for ways to support your community’s restaurants and shops in the middle of a pandemic? We’ve complied a list U Street’s Black-Owned businesses to patronize virtually and in person!
Food & Drink
Apple Lounge (1110 U St NW)
Apple Lounge takes pride in providing customers with the finest hookah experience around! Their mission is to ensure that their customers enjoy the true pleasures of smoking hookah.
Ben’s Chili Bowl (1213 U St NW)
Since 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been serving their namesake dish. The U Street staple is currently open for pick-up and delivery 11am-7pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11am-9pm Friday and Saturday.
For any friends and family located outside the District, you can now send them a little bit of Ben’s Chili bowl with their nationwide shipping of t-shirts, Ben’s famous Chili con Carne, and more.
Ben’s Next Door (1211 U St NW)
The best comfort food is at Ben’s Next Door! Their goal is to provide customers with a hospitable hyper-local experience of “fun dining” worth coming back for time and time again. Appropriately named, it’s adjacent to the original concept, Ben’s Chili Bowl.
Bin 1301 (1301 U St NW)
Welcome the weekend with Fish Fry Friday at Bin 1301. Whether you’re in the mood to chow down at home, or you’re feeling like dining al fresco, Bin 1301 has you covered. Swing by the wine bar for contact-less patio service or pick-up, any day of the week. For hours, give them a call at (202) 506-7716.
Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant (1114-1118 U St NW)
Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant is the most enduring Ethiopian music entertainment landmark in the District! They serve a wide variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals and you can choose your level of spice. Check out all of the mouth-watering cuisine Dukem has to offer.
JoJo’s (1518 U St NW)
With their big bowl margaritas and jazz trios, Jojo’s is sure to deliver a good time. Open Tuesday through Saturday, they’re now offering indoor dining, pick-up, and delivery.
Lost Society (2001 14th St NW)
Lost Society stimulates your eyes, ears, and taste buds with a menu brought to life by their culinary team! They are a high-end new American steakhouse with a dark, retro vibe and an upstairs lounge with rooftop deck. Head to their website to make a reservation.
Pure Lounge (1326 U St NW)
Pure Lounge is back open under Phase Two guidelines and is accepting reservations and party bookings. To save your spot, give them a call at (202) 290-7058.
Roaming Rooster (1301 U St NW)
In early 2015, Roaming Rooster was founded by a family with a unique concept: the idea of a food truck with fried chicken that you could feel good about eating: free-range, grain-fed chicken served fresh every day! Since then they have opened brick and mortar locations and continue to grow. The fast expansion of Roaming Rooster is easy to explain – where your food comes from matters, and they bring that ideal to every meal they serve.
Selam Ethiopian Restaurant (1524 U St NW)
Selam is a hidden gem on U Street. They serve top-notch Ethiopian food. Their food is delicious, healthy, and affordable! Visit them for down to Earth service and incredible food.
Semeli Taverna (2204 14th St NW)
On the rooftop of Sakerum, you’ll find a 50-seat Greek tavern serving up prix fixe, meze-style meals. Give them a ring at (202) 518-2222 for hours.
Seven Reasons (2208 14th St NW)
Open for reservations only, Seven Reasons offers a contemporary approach to Latin American dishes. The restaurant was dubbed DC’s Best New Restaurant in 2019, and amid COVID has continued to offer delivery and pick-up for daily dinner service. To reserve your table, check out their website here.
Victory Restaurant & Lounge (2005 14th St NW)
Victory Restaurant & Lounge was born out of an idea to create a place where people could enjoy 5-Star meals in a relaxing, welcoming environment. Their menu consists of elevated comfort foods that will leave you wanting more. Whether you’re looking for a perfect date night spot on a Wednesday, or an energetic weekend brunch to enjoy drinks and hookah with friends, Victory is ready to serve you.
Vivid Lounge (1334 U St NW #4445)
Treat yourself to dinner and drinks at Vivid Lounge. The U Street hookah bar is open daily, 5pm-close.
Florida Liquors (2222 14th St NW)
Have you run out of supplies for quarantine cocktails? Pop on down to Florida Liquors any day except Sunday. The corner liquor store has beer, wine, and everything you need to restock your home bar.
U Street Wine & Beer (1351 U St NW)
Wind down after a long day with a bottle of wine or some craft beer from U Street Wine & Beer. The shop is open 1-11pm every day of the week.
Health and Fitness
Bespoke Hair Studio (1526 U St NW #1)
As of early June, with an appointment and a mask, you can freshen up your look at Bespoke Hair Studio. The salon is open Wednesday to Sunday. To schedule your appointment, give them a call at (202) 955-1416.
Gregory Owens: Allstate Insurance (1512 U St NW)
Shopping around for a new insurance provider? With more than 20 years of experience, Gregory Owens offers nine different kinds of coverage including auto, home, and life insurance.
Kia Travel and Documents Legalization (1328 U St NW #2W)
This travel agency can help you find discounts on worldwide airline tickets. Additionally they offer document legalization, notary public, power of attorney, and passport processing services. Give them a call at (202) 518-8940.
U Street Family Dentistry (1515 U St NW)
Located just two blocks from the U Street Metro station, U Street Family Dentistry aims to provide a relaxing, easy-going experience. Specializing in preventive, kid-friendly, and cosmetic dentistry, the clinic also offers Invisilign and teeth-whitening services. To book an appointment, check out their website.
Cecil Harrigan (1516 U St NW)
With over 20 years of experience in providing legal services for immigrants, Cecil Harrigan is dedicated to helping families build their “American Dream.” The firm, which offers a host of services including deportation defense and immigrant visas, has amenities such as flat-rate fees and a Spanish speaking staff. For more information, give them a call at 202-387-8866.
International Dentist Services (1209 U St NW)
Open every day except Saturdays and Sundays, International Dentist Services offers cleanings and other services from 9am-5pm. To schedule your appointment, give them a call at (202) 667-8818.