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Jun 13, 2010 09:54 AM

African Rest. Question plus Others

Hello...coming to DC over the long 4th of July weekend with husband and kids ages 5 and 10 in tow.....and I'm a bit of a foodie. My Brother in law mentioned an African Rest. in the Adams Morgan neighborhood that serves its meals on thick bread....thought it might be fun and educational for the kids. Anyone know the name exactly or have other recommendations??
Additionally...looking for good lunch options while out doing the Tourist Thing. Lunch Buffet at the National Gallery???? Others???
Thanks in advance!! Can't wait to visit!!

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  1. Maybe he is thinking of Ethiopian food? You eat with your hands, picking up the stew and vegetable items using an unleavened bread called injera, which is a bit sour and looks like a set of folded napkins.

    Best to go to the Little Ethiopia neighborhood, which is 9th St. in between T and U.

    At Etete I'd go for the fastening food platter (vegetarian) add the fish for a couple of bucks and get the derek tibs.

    Across the street at Queen Makeda, they make great red lentils, shio, gored gored (lightly cooked), greens and carrots.

    1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Queen Makeda
    1917 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: Steve

      nah dive right in and get a small order of raw kibbeh as well. I'm fairly sure Dukem offers it in 2 sizes. I'd be willing to bet that as long they don't have the issues some kids do ("ewww it's all touching") then they'd really enjoy the process. Ethiopian if you're unfamiliar is largely veggitarian but with a sometimes subtle spicy kick. you won't find better injera outside of Africa.

      somebody around CH recently mentioned some West African places in NW ,obviously not what the OP is looking for, but since this thread is going to pop-up on future searches for African in DC.
      (edit) here we go:

      1. re: hill food

        Ack! I can't believe Roger Miller is closed! That sucks!

        I have been to Sumah's, however. Total hole in the wall, out of this WORLD great food!

        Roger Miller Restaurant
        941 Bonifant St Ste 1, Silver Spring, MD 20910

    2. I would all but guarantee you it's Ethiopian, but why don't you ask your brother in law for specifics?

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      1. re: reiflame

        I'm guessing it's Meskerem that was mentioned.

        1. re: Dennis S

          I was guessing it was Meskerem as well, but as Steve points out the places around U street are much better (not that I would turn my nose up at Meskerem, it's just they're so close by and better served by Metro.

          1. re: hill food

            Good chance to follow up on why I posted that. For the record, I love the tastes of Ethiopian but have a time getting past mouthfeel, etc. I probably need to go with someone who really knows their way around the menu.

            Anyway - I've been traveling a lot and when there is this ONE rec I'm basing on, and someone else comes along with another rec, but doesn't say why they are not backing the og rec, it becomes unreliable and at times fishy.

            Now, Steve has the clout on this board to be taken seriously by the DC/BMore crowd, but if I'm visiting I wouldn't know that.

            So, in the end, I was just trying to point out what the og rec probably was - and if that didn't draw too much praise otherwise, they OP would hopefully see that while Meskerem is respectable - if you really want to dive into the best, go follow Steve's direction.

            Probably too winded for what it's worth, but...

            1. re: Dennis S

              I understand your point. mine was if one is craving Ethiopian and is in A-M and doesn't want to deal with the shuttle or cab or whatever then Meskerem is perfectly fine. if the OP does a search on this they'll find all sorts of corroboration about U corridor (I too sometimes wonder if a PR edge is behind some posts).

      2. Yes to the lunch buffet at the National Gallery. Don't miss the Folklife Festival at the Smithsonian, which contains some food options. Keep an eye on this board for food reviews after the Festival begins.