Dirt Cheap Eats 2007: Zenebech Injera
Comments () | Published August 17, 2007
Zenebech Injera
Address: 608 T St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-667-4700
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Ethiopian
Opening Hours: Open daily for lunch and dinner from 9 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Price Details: Meals under $10

Cafes & Carryouts

You may never have set foot in this unprepossessing carryout, but if you’ve had Ethiopian food in DC, you’ve probably eaten here by proxy. The two-table grocery makes most of the injera—the spongy sourdough that constitutes serving platter, utensil, and breadstuff at a communal meal in an Ethiopian restaurant.

Zenebech Injera boasts some of the best cooking in the six-block stretch of U Street known as Little Ethiopia. The beef tartare called kitfo ($8.50) is a mound of pungently spiced meat. An intensely rich stew of cabbage, potatoes, and carrots ($7.50) hardly deserves the label “side dish.” Kik alicha ($8), a yellow-lentil stew, is as creamy and soothing as a bowl of cheesy grits. On the way out, pick up one of the kitchen’s breads—baked, as is the custom, in swaddlings of banana leaf.

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