Cheap Eats 2011: Etete
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Etete
Address: 1942 Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-232-7600
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Ethiopian
Opening Hours: Open daily 11 PM to 1 AM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Shaw-Howard University
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Sambusas (lentil or beef turnovers); wats such as chicken-and-egg doro wat and yebeg wat, a lamb stew; vegetarian sampler of azifa (green lentils), yekik alicha (yellow-lentil-and-onion stew), and yemisir wat (red lentils); gomen (collard greens); kitfo.
Price Details: Appetizers $2.75 to $5; entrées $10 to $14.99.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available

Large groups flock to this Ethiopian bistro, drawn by the prospect of feeding so many people so well and so cheaply, while couples on dates gravitate here for the soft-lit ambience and mixed drinks. At prime time, the mood and the mix give Yared Tesfaye's place the air of a trendy lounge, but the cooking--under the direction of his mother, Tiwaltengus Shenegelgen, the grande dame of the local Ethiopian restaurant scene--provides the soul-warming satisfactions of great diner food, from the crusty tibs (a stir-fry of cubed lamb or beef, onions, peppers, and chilies) to the rich, warming wats, all spooned atop a big sourdough pancake called injera. Etete may come on like an up-to-the-moment spot, but it offers something ancient and enduring.

Also good: Sambusas; yebeg wat (lamb); doro wat (chicken and hard-boiled egg); kitfo (beef tartare); kik alicha (split peas); gomen (collards); azifa (green lentils).

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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