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Mar 15, 2008 12:36 PM

Ethiopian on College Student Budget?

My stepdaughter will be an intern this summer in DC. She just mentioned that she'd love to try Ethiopian cusine while there. Any suggestions for a great place for a novice and her friends to try? Thank you!

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  1. Ethiopian is one of the less expensive cuisines in town. I don't think she can go wrong anywhere -- the menu and prices are fairly similar at most places in my limited sampling, particularly to novices. My recent favorite is Queen Makeda on U Street. Do a search on this board for plenty of discussion on the subject.

    1. Expect to spend about $20 per person including tax and tip, without alcohol. If they're lite eaters I know that a vegetarian platter at Etete would be enough food for two lite eaters and that's only $14.

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      1. re: Rick

        The vegetarian platter at Etete is a deal. I could easily share that w/ someone for lunch and be full. The doro wat, on the other hand, is pricey--we got one chicken leg, one hard boiled egg for about the same price.

        1. re: chowser

          Funny you mention that chowser, our normal order there is Veg. platter with fish, and doro wat. I commented to my wife last time how much food we get on the veg. platter, they even sent out two fish b/c they felt the fish were too small to serve just one for the extra two bucks! I actually mentioned to the waitress that we didn't order extra fish and to my surprise it was b/c they were too small. The doro wat is so good though that we continue to order it, I would think they could throw in more than one small chicken leg for $14 though.

          1. re: Rick

            I liked the doro wat, too. But, I couldn't figure out a way to share it. Do you just pull the meat off with the bread and hold the bone w/ more bread? Chicken thigh would be so much easier to eat! Logistics.

            1. re: chowser

              It's just my wife and I so touching it with our fingers is less of an issue than if out with friends. I usually hold the end of the bone in one hand and rip off pieces of meat with the injera. It's only one small drum stick no it's not much meat to go around unfortunately! I really really think two drum sticks would be more appropriate for the cost of the dish.

        1. re: DaisyM

          Yes, Etete is *the* place to go if you want pay more and eat with other non-Ethopian chowhounders. Don't stray off the sanctioned path.

          1. re: Minger

            Really? Every time I (admittedly not Ethiopian) have been there, I have been in the minority. Most of the clientele seems to have been youngish (20's & 30's) Ethiopians. I have not found their prices to be any more than the other U St/Adams Morgan Ethiopian places. I thought the restaurant appeared cleaner and, most importantly, I thought the food was better.

        2. I'm not from DC and just wanted to know if Etete was the restaurant he was suggesting for her.

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          1. re: DaisyM

            Hi Daisy,

            Yes I'm recommending Etete. I really don't know where Minger's comment is coming from, do a search for Ethiopian on the DC boards and you'll consistently see Etete recommended as one of the best, if not the best, Ethiopian restaurant in DC. Queen Makeda is usually right up there too so likely couldn't go wront with either.

          2. Queen Makeda is great and quite cheap. The vegetarian plate contains six-ish small dishes and I think it's $9, but don't quote me on that. Four friends and I shared the vegetarian plate and two meat dishes, and it ended up costing us each under $15. Actually, if not for beer, it probably would have been $10 each. You really can't ask for better than that.
            I also like Dukem a lot, and it's nice because they often having Ethiopian music and dancing, which can be fun to watch.