1942 Ninth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw
Cuisines: Vegetarian/Vegan, Ethiopian
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
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
Appetizers $2.75 to $5; entrées $10 to $14.99.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available
This saffron-yellow Ethiopian spot just off DC’s U Street feels like a cozy bistro. The warm vibe is furthered by gracious service, flowing honey wine and Ethiopian beer, and platters of boldly flavored salads and stews.
At the base of each communal tray is a round of injera—the spongy, slightly sour bread that takes the place of utensils. Tear off a piece and swaddle it around fabulous wats, complex stews made with lamb or chicken, or kitfo, the cuisine’s answer to steak tartare (ask for it very rare). This is a terrific place for vegetarians—the brightly colored hillocks of azifa, a cool and spicy salad of green lentils, and kik alicha, a yellow split-pea stew, are among the best reasons for anyone to come.
Also good: Sambusas, lentil or beef pastries; vegetarian sampler; lamb tibs.