Cheap Eats 2013: Ethiopic

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

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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.

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

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.

Anna Spiegel
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.