Cheap Eats 2013: Meaza

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


Photo by Scott Suchman.

Not familiar with the name Meaza Zemedu? She may not ever make it onto Top Chef, but her sprawling Baileys Crossroads restaurant is, in its way, as personal an experience as Johnny Monis’s Little Serow, with dishes spiced exactly the way she likes them. Dig into her doro wat and you might think you’ve never eaten the dish before, so lush and lingering is the brick-colored sauce. And vegetarian dishes are just as sure-handed.

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Ann Limpert
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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.

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.