Washington, D.C. has the largest Ethiopian community outside of Africa. As the immigrants settled in Adams Morgan and the U St Corridor in the early ’80s, a plethora of authentic Ethiopian restaurants sprang up. While in D.C., be sure to pull up a chair, grab your injera (spongy, tangy bread) and dig in at these eight, great Ethiopian restaurants.
Trying Ethiopian for the first time? Check out Lalibela. Grab a seat on the patio and dig into their special gluten-free injera. The staff is extremely friendly and knowledgeable, so let them know it’s your first time and you’ll be in good hands.
Ababa Restuarant is an Ethiopian restaurant in the bustling Adams Morgan. This family-run spot offers a fun-filled, casual dining experience. We highly recommended the beef tips and lentil soup.
Though not technically in D.C., this Michelin-recommended restaurant and mart is worth the trip outside of the District. CherCher Ethiopian Cuisine Restaurant and Mart is a casual eatery serving fresh, regional Ethiopian dishes. Known for its authenticity and cheap prices, CherCher is a favorite among expats and locals alike. After a bite, you can grab some Ethiopian spices from the mart and take the flavor of CherCher home with you.
Letena caters to vegetarians and vegans with its healthy, authentic Ethiopian menu. The kitchen sources local, organic ingredients coupled with imported Ethiopian spices. To introduce the cuisine to the public, Letena offers injera, burrito wraps and rice to accompany the entrees. Make sure to try the Gomen – collard greens cooked with seasoned oil and jalapeno peppers.
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