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Neighborhood: NE Washington
Cuisine: Ethiopian
Price: $$ ($15-$24)
Sound check: 72 decibels (Must speak with raised voice)
Ethiopic serves what may be the best vegetarian sampler around.
Our Review

2012 Fall Dining Guide
By Tom Sietsema
Sunday, October 21, 2012

The benchmark for the area’s dozens of Ethio­pian restaurants is not where you’d expect to find it -- near Ninth and U, Washington’s “Little Ethi­o­pia” -- but in the Atlas District instead. That’s where owners Samuel Ergete and Meseret Bekele call home. And that’s where two years ago, the husband and wife hatched a plan to rachet up their homeland’s hospitality and food. The more I eat at its peers, the more I’m drawn to Ethiopic. Its service is attentive. Brick walls, wood floors and columns painted with the Amharic alphabet create an inviting setting for a feast eaten with fingers. If you’re looking for a complex doro wat (chicken legs), a fiery kitfo (think steak tartare) or what might be the best vegetarian sampler around, here’s your kitchen. And if you think pureed chickpeas lack punch, the vinegar- and jalapeno-stoked “fasting egg” at Ethiopic will blow your top.

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