Cheap Eats 2013: Chez Aunty Libe

Quick reviews of ethnic cuisines you can experience for less than $25 a person, tax and tip included.

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Atmospheric it’s not—small groups of men picking at plates
while they watch CNN, and, if you’re lucky, Aunty herself knitting in a
corner. The cooking at this cafe is appropriately homey—with heaping
portions of the pepper stew called yassa, the fish-and-tomato
stew known as thieboudienne, and maffe, a peanutty lamb
stew. Dessert is a must: thiakry, a couscous sweetened with
yogurt and studded with raisins.

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Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

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Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.