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
You’ll have to order carefully to stay within the Cheap Eats budget—but this remains the essential Ethiopian experience, a place to explore the cuisine at its most refined. Owners Samuel Ergete and Meseret Bekele spend more than their counterparts on ingredients, and this investment pays off in the lively stir-fries of meat, onions, and chilies known as tibs and in the kitfo, a rich beef tartare tingling with pinches of the spice mix called berbere.