6040 Baltimore Ave.
Hyattsville, MD


Neighborhood: Hyattsville

Cuisines: Ethiopian, Breakfast

Opening Hours:
Open daily 11 to 10.

Price Range: Inexpensive

Dress: Informal

Noise Level: Chatty

Reservations: Not Needed

Website: http://

Best Dishes:
Sambusas (turnovers filled with chicken, beef, or lentils); doro wat (braised chicken and hard-boiled egg in a peppery sauce); kitfo (we like the raw beef very lightly cooked and sided with farmer’s cheese and collards); firfir (a casserole of injera and

Special Features: Kid Friendly

Cheap Eats 2009: Shagga Coffee and Restaurant

Great food, low price, lots of fun.

Why go: This converted doughnut shop dishes up some of the best Ethiopian cooking outside of Little Ethiopia—rich stews that steer clear of the heaviness or greasiness the cuisine is prone to. Husband-and-wife owners Adamu and Kelem Lemu also brew one of the darkest, smoothest cups of coffee in the area.

What to get: Sambusas, crispy turnovers filled with chicken, beef, or lentils; doro wat, braised chicken and hard-boiled egg in a peppery sauce; kitfo, Ethiopian beef tartare (we like the raw beef very lightly cooked and sided with house-made farmer’s cheese and collards); firfir, a casserole of torn injera, cubed beef, onion, tomatoes, and chilies.

Best for: Takeout; group dining.

Insider tip: At lunch, you can have a main course and two veggie sides for $6.95. Though the menu lists the name of the place as Shegga—“good” or “beautiful” in Amharic—the sign says Shagga. A new sign is coming soon to resolve the confusion, the owners promise.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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