401 H St., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Neighborhood: H Street NE, Capitol Hill, Northeast
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Ethiopian
Tuesday through Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM; Friday through Sunday 12 PM to 10 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Inexpensive
Noise Level: Chatty
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: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Why go: This light-filled newcomer to the area’s Ethiopian-restaurant scene doesn’t tone down its spices. The chef, an alum of Zed’s and Dukem, spikes her dishes with healthy doses of jalapeño, ginger, and garlic.
What to get: Butcha, a fluffy mixture of ground chickpeas and jalapeños; doro wat, a spicy chicken stew redolent of garlic and ginger; kitfo, minced raw beef that comes with a mild house-made cheese; vegetarian sampler with boiled lentils, split peas, potato-and-cabbage salad, gomen (collard greens), and tomato-and-onion salad.
Best for: Big groups who like to share.
Insider tip: Entrées tend to be very large—two people could fill up with a couple of appetizers and one main course.
>> See all 2010 Cheap Eats restaurants here