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Washington, DC has one of the largest Ethiopian populations outside of Ethiopia. It’s no wonder then that DC boasts a huge number of Ethiopian restaurants, ranging from small family owned restaurants to upscale, fine-dining establishments. We pick some of the best to try.
This is a hidden gem in the Shaw area that is a solid choice for Ethiopian food in DC. You will always see lots of Ethiopians eating here, so you know it is authentic. Pretty barebones on the décor, they make up for it in the incredible flavors of food and value for money. Locals trust Zenebech for the gored gored (raw beef), vegetable combination platter, and chicken doro wat.
Zenebech, 608 T St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 667 4700
A popular, locally owned spot in the Shaw neighborhood of DC, Etete is named after the chef and is owned by her son. They make the Ethiopian honey wine (tej) in house. The vegetable platter with lentils, carrots, cabbage, and collard greens is popular, as is the spicy lamb stew. Soak it all in with the spongy injera bread. The dining space is cozy, and the employees are warm and welcoming.
Etete, 1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC, USA, +1 202 232 7600