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2434 18th Street NW
Washington, DC

(202) 462-4100 phone

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Cuisine Type

Hours of Operation
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 01:00 AM
12:00 PM - 01:00 AM
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM

• Not Required
• Suggested

Payment Methods
• Mastercard
• Visa
• Amex
• Diners Club

This restaurant's average entree cost is InExpensive


Restaurant Description
Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The quintessence of those bonds are often demonstrated in the form of gursha-that is, the placing of food in the mouth of another diner from one's own (hand] Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entr?e. It is a large crepe/pancake upon which the various stew-like dishes are served. The traditional way of eating is with the fingers, which is in itself a delicate art. In this manner, a bite sized piece of injera is broken off to pick up a mouthful of the chosen dish. Ethiopian dishes are characterized by the variety of spices used to give them their exotic taste. Watt, which is a stew-like dish, comes in a variety of forms-beef, lamb, chicken, and vegetables. These rage from hotly spiced (with barbered- a typical Ethiopian red pepper) to very mild. The more delicately seasoned watt are called alicha which contain no berbere. Fifit, another exotic staple, is a combination dish prepared with broken bits of the injera itself. Nitter kebbeh, a specially prepared butter, is a key ingredient used to give these dishes their exotic flavor. Vegetarian dishes are also a staple of Ethiopian cuisine, especially during Lent, a period of fifty-five days before Easter. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are prohibited from eating all meat and meat by product such as milk, cheese and butter until Easter. Yet the variety of watts and other dishes made of lentils, peas and other vegetables are just as exotic and tasty as those containing meats.

Best Known For...
Combo platters.

Special Needs
Smoking Section
Non Smoking Area
Wheelchair Access


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