The tightest neighborhood in DC. Contains LeDroit Park, U Street, and Shaw itself. A Mecca of black culture with some of the best jazz and the occasional Go Go. 9:30 club is there, as is Howard University. You can't go to Shaw without going to Ben's Chili Bowl (12th and U) and maybe bumping into Portis, Cosby, Dre, Arenas, Fenty, and any number of other celebrities.
It's kinda gentrified now, but it's way too close to "the ave" (Georgia Ave
), and certain parts of North Capital St
] to lose its street appeal.
I'm going to Ben's in Shaw on U St. to get a half-smoke: Chili, onions, and mustard.