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Best Ethiopian

Justin Rude  |  Updated 03/01/2012

Our large Ethiopian community makes a richly spiced, and caffeinated, contribution to the local dining culture.


Addis Ababa

Silver Spring, MD

Most Ethiopian meals are a communal event, but with its spacious dining room and broad selection, Addis Ababa is especially good for groups. Another attraction is the Ethiopian coffee ritual available to tables with three or more guests. In warmer months, the rooftop deck offers great al fresco dining.



Washington, DC

Once widely considered greater Washington's best Ethiopian spot, Etete is still one of the premier stops in "Little Ethiopia." The vegetable platters show a great deal of care; the doro wat, a traditional stew of chicken leg in spiced butter sauce served with a hard-boiled egg, is one of the area's best.



Washington, DC

The sleek, modern dining room and attentive service at this new Atlas District destination have already made it a notable dining experience. The lamb dishes sing with spice, diced beets are a sweet surprise, and the yellow lentils carry a nice heat. The dishes at Ethiopic have a zip that can be lacking at the competition.



Falls Church, VA

There are so many great items on the menu -- a killer doro wat, delicate yet spicy kitfo, perfectly prepared lentils and tender stewed lamb -- that praise for the restaurant's injera might seem odd. But owner Meaza Zemedu got her start baking the spongy bread for other restaurants, and practice paid off. Order the premium injera, which uses authentic Ethiopian flour, made from the grain teff, and marvel at the way it transforms the meal.


Queen Makeda

Washington, DC

Queen Makeda has a half-dozen tables and about a half-dozen dishes. Upstairs, a bar area provides a bit more space, along with happy hour specials, but the overwhelming feeling here is one of homey comfort. Traditional family favorites such as the beef stew tibs wat and doro wat are the most pleasing.


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