Cheap Eats 2012: Ethiopic
The vegetarian sampler for two at Ethiopic. Photograph by Scott Suchman.
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Ethiopic
Address: 401 H St., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-675-2066
Neighborhood: H Street NE, Capitol Hill, Northeast
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Ethiopian cuisine consists of various vegetable or meat side dishes and entrees, usually a wat or thick stew, served atop injera, a large sourdough flatbread, which is 50 cm (20 inches) in diameter and made out of fermented teff flour. One does not eat with utensils, but instead uses injera (always with the right hand) to scoop up the entrees and side dishes
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 5 to 10, Friday and Saturday noon to 10.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Butcha (ground chickpeas and jalapenos); doro wat, a chicken stew; kitfo, minced raw beef; vegetarian sampler with boiled lentils, split peas, potato/cabbage salad, gomen, and tomato/onion salad.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

We’re no strangers to tibs, Ethiopia’s answer to fajitas, but every time we dive into the sizzling skillet of lega tibs at this cafe we feel as though we’re eating the dish for the first time. The quality of the lamb is vastly superior to the competition’s, and the kitchen delivers tenderness beneath the crusty exterior. The dish’s excellence represents something new to the scene, but the slightly upmarket approach doesn’t constitute a dumbing-down of the cuisine—the meat and veggie stews, or wats, might not overwhelm with heat and spice, but they’re plenty complex, teasing with hints of ginger, cardamom, koseret, and korerima.

Also good: Doro wat, stewed chicken leg; kitfo, beef tartare with butter sauce and crumbled cheese; vegetarian sampler; butcha, a chickpea salad; azifa, a green-lentil salad.

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