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Apr 17, 2013 11:49 AM

Minneapolis Chowhound needs Ethiopian Recs

My husband and I will be in DC over Memorial Day weekend, which happens to coincide with his birthday. Ethiopian is one of his favorite cuisines and I've heard DC has some of the best in the country. Where is a "not to miss." Since this is a birthday dinner, we're open on price.

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  1. Washington Eats says Das has "private dining" but simultaneously lists it as a $$ of $$$$.

    I've not eaten IN any of the Ethiopian DC places, so that's the best I can offer.

      1. I second Ethiopic. It is our current favorite and we've been dozens of times - consistently good!

        Their beet salad (key sir) is my absolute favorite!

        1. I will third Ethiopic.

          And it one Ethiopian meal is not enough, check out Keren for breakfast.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            Ipse - I hate to divert the topic, but I've never had breakfast at an Ethiopian place and am very interested in what is served. Do tell.

            1. re: Terrie H.

              Few Ethiopian restaurants are open for breakfast - Dukem does serve breakfast check put the menu -

              1. re: Terrie H.

                Get the "fuul" which is basically boiled and mashed fava beans that takes on an oatmeal like texture, but with a very earthy taste. It's served topped with chopped veggies and your choice of number of eggs (1 or 2). That, along with inerja and I've got enough carbs and protein to last me an entire day ... all for less than $10.

                1. re: Terrie H.

                  This is from the breakfast menu at Dama in Arlington:

                  DAMA PLATTER
                  Scrambled eggs served with kinche and chechebsa
                  Ethiopian-style couscous (cracked wheat and spiced butter spiced butter)
                  Homemade flatbread cut in pieces and mixed with berbere (Chili paste and spiced butter)
                  Baked foul, beans seasoned and served with onions, Jalapenos, olive oil, sour cream, and chili paste
                  Scrambled eggs with onions, tomatoes and Jalapenos
                  EGGS WITH BEEF
                  Scrambled eggs with chopped beef cooked with onions and Jalapenos and served over injera
                  Scrambled eggs sautéed in a tomato salsa
                  FRENCH TOAST (Served with maple syrup)
                  FIRFIR (Quanta, tibs, or no meat)

                  Because it is a bakery, they also have a nice selection of Italian pastries and expresso.

                  1. re: Steve

                    Thank you all for the info. I will have to go out of my way to have that breakfast. WIsh there was such a place up my way.