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  • Still the best Ethiopian option in DC … just don’t go on Monday or Tuesday; the food and service are pretty week on those days.
    I’ve tried Dukem, but I find it to be way too oily for my taste.

    • Interesting trivia fact: Dukem was originally called Duke Nukem, until they ran into copyright infringement issues with the video game’s publisher.

  • Excellent food — my second favorite Ethiopian restaurant in the U Street corridor (after Queen Makeda, across the street). The seating is pretty cramped — last time I was there, we ended up having to share table space with the neighboring table.

  • err … “WEAK” … not “WEEK”

  • YUM! I went there once and loved the food, but MAN my head almost exploded from the heat – I think I chomped down on the wrong pepper. Then it was kind of a bummer because I wanted to eat more because it was so delicious, but I couldn’t because of the fire in my mouth… Dilemma! Anyway, yum. And also, we had a really nice waitress.

  • My favorite place for Ethiopian in the city. I do wish they had more seating.

  • it’s no queen of sheba, but you can score khat.

  • I haven’t eated at queen of sheba or Queen Makeda, but it’s my fav ethiopean place in the city.

  • Am a big fan of the Lega and the Zilzil Tibs! They just melt in your mouth.

  • I heard great things about this place but was totally underwhelmed. I ordered the veggie sampler and my friend ordered lamb. The injera platter came with some tiny blobs of veggie stuff, then the waitress dumped the lamb in the middle of it. This meant meat juices all over the veggies. The portions of veggies were tiny, too. I actually left hungry which has never happened to me with Ethiopian food!

  • I’ve been there a few time and didn’t think it was that great. I don’t get why this place is so popular. I much prefer Axum a few doors down.

    I’ll have to try Queen Makeda across the street

  • I’d rate is so-so. On par with Dukem, but nowhere near as tasty as Queen of Sheba.

  • Best Ethiopian in the city, but I have not yet had Queen Makeda and every cab driver in town seems to swear by it. It’s next on the list.

  • I love this place! I always order the veggie sampler with a side of fried fish. I think the portions are fine, I’ve never been able to finish anything there.

  • Also the best Ethiopian I’ve had.

  • I think it’s delicious. Whenever I’m in a cab, I make it a point to ask cabbies where they are from. And then my next question is where the best ____ ethnic restaurant is.

    That’s how I heard about Ravi Kabob and Kabob palace.

    Etete is the clear favorite among Ethiopian cabbies. So I know it’s good.

  • Genuinely curious — are you folks being serious about liking Queen of Sheba? I quite like Ethiopian food (and love Etete, the subject of the post), but I have never had a meal I’ve enjoyed at Queen of Sheba. I want to love the place, as I live very close. But I recently resolved never to go back after my fourth or fifth truly disappointing meal in a row. If y’all are being serious and do like the place — what should I order? What am I doing wrong?

    • Out of curiosity, I went to Queen of Sheba last night and I have to somewhat agree with you. We ordered the veggie sampler, kitfo, awzaze tibs, and Dulet. The veggies were good, some better than the selection at Etete, but we prefer Etete’s cabbage more; kitfo was very nice, a little lighter than Etete’s; the tibs were nice, but were not as flavorful as Etete’s; and the dulet was good … a bit dry, but a fantastic taste. We also though the injera was a little better than Etetes. Overall though, Etete seems to be the winner. Though my gf will not return, I’ll try and switch it up from time to time as QoS is only a few blocks away. Plus the kitfo sandwich sounds intriguing.

  • very tasty! portions are smaller and a bit less greasy than dukem. i resolved at some point to try every ethiopian place in u st area. but i fail because i keep coming back here.

    • IT is so true. I too want to go to other places, but end up going there just in fear of getting disappointed elsewhere. Disclaimer: I am an Ethiopian.

  • +1 for Etete.

  • So delicious, so amazing. The best dish to get is the vegetarian platter and $1 extra for a fish. YUM!!! Share it and it’s so good.

  • +1 for Etete. Also, those who think there’s not enough seating: do you know there’s more seating upstairs? Given the two floors, I’m not sure why people think there’s not enough seating. Maybe that just means it’s really good because it’s always full.

  • Etete is AMAZING. When I have guests from out of town, this is where I bring them. Great food, good atmosphere, decent prices. We order the vegetarian sampler menu, which I recommend even though i’m not a vegetarian. It’s very good. Etete is not just the best ethiopian food in DC, but it’s as good as any I’ve had in NYC or anywhere else in the country. It’s also the best restaurant in the 9th and U area of town.

  • Best Ethiopian int he city.

  • Best raw kitfo of anywhere. I won’t order it anywhere else.

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