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Etete

1942 Ninth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001

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

Cheap Eats 2010: Etete

100 great places that offer great food at low prices.

Why go: This terra-cotta-painted dining room sits in the heart of the few blocks known as Little Ethiopia. Although it has plenty of competition, it remains the standard setter for long-simmered meats and brightly flavored vegetarian stews, all crafted by the owner’s mother. All the while, servers keep the baskets of injera—bread used in place of silverware—coming.

What to get: Sambosas, wide pockets of fried pastry filled with lentils; vegetarian platter with the red-lentil stew yemisir wat, a cool and spicy mash of peas called yekik alicha, a mustardy mix of green lentils known as azifa, and the collard greens called gomen; the area’s definitive version of the chicken dish doro wat; beef-tartare-like kitfo with cottage cheese and a sprinkle of fiery mitmita powder.

Best for: Communal dining with a group—most everything is eaten off large single platters of injera.

Insider tip: Ethiopia is known for its coffee, and the strong cups here can be had until 2 am nightly. In the afternoon, incense wafts through a relaxing coffee ceremony.

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