Cheap Eats 2018: Chercher

The vegetarian deluxe platter at Chercher. Photo by Scott Suchman

About Chercher

1334 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

This sun-yellow Ethiopian spot in Shaw—also on our list of 100 Very Best Restaurants—recently got a spiffy Bethesda sibling. (The place took over a mod-American bistro and changed nary a succulent.) At both places, the kitchen puts out vegan platters that taste almost Technicolor: String beans and carrots are so exuberantly flavorful, it’s hard to recognize them. Still, we never leave without an order of kitfo, chopped raw beef seasoned with mitmita (chili powder) and crumbles of house-made cheese. Also good: Mama’s special dumpling; green-onion pancake; Beijing soy-sauce noodles.

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 Petworth.

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.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.