Really tasty. I haven't been there lately (note to self...get there again asap), but I used to go there often and it was really good. I know my Ethiopian food pretty thoroughly, and it's not easy to get better than this. Whether it's really authentic is another question; Ethiopian meat just tastes different, there's no way to compensate for that here. Aside from that, this was great. Nice people, too.
Been Duked. As pretty much the largest and most well-known Ethiopian restaurant, and located in the heart of U St., Dukem had quite the reputation to live up to, and it did fine. Sweet and savory smells waft across the deep burgundy and honey-yellow restaurant, though unfortunately doesn’t percolate much outside on the patio. Ethiopian is best enjoyed with a group, and is great for both meat-lovers and veggies, since even the non-meat dishes are fragrant and flavorful. I love to begin with a crisp and flaky sambusa, filled with piquant lentils, onions and peppers. For the entrée, combos are the best way to go, for those indecisive and adventurous – pick something that you always like, such as your lamb tibs, with perhaps some tripe or tongue. The injera is light and spongy, substantive but not overwhelming. Ask for extra napkins.
I first visited this restaurant a few years back when I moved to the area. I went recently with a friend. We made it clear to the waitress that we wanted a table that was available. After that a gentleman that happened to be white came behind me and even asked me if a table was a available.
The waitress stayed away as if she was busy. When I walked inside she immediately approached the white fellow and seated him at the table with such glee. How about that - an Ethiopian restaurant that discriminates against blacks!
Are they under new management? Did the cooks change? The quality of our food, when it finally came mediocre at best.
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