Little Ethiopia Ethiopian

I liked Little Ethiopia the moment I stepped into its subterranean space on 9th Street NW, in that section of Shaw known as, well, Little Ethiopia. I felt as if I had walked into a restaurant in the mother country itself. The long, narrow dining room was appointed not only with mesob wicker tables, but also replica gojo huts and Ethiopian artifacts. There was even a pair of musicians onstage plucking away on stringed instruments that I had never before seen in my life. Servers were approaching diners and pouring warm water over their hands in the traditional Ethiopian cleansing ceremony. Yes, I had fallen in love with the place, and I hadn’t eaten a thing. The food only intensified my affection. Little Ethiopia offers several different styles of kitfo; we opted for the “special” permutation with mitmita, gomen, and fresh cottage cheese. If I hadn’t ordered a number of other bites—a spicy lentil dish here, a cooling salad there—I might have eaten that whole pile of raw, fiery beef by myself.

1924 9th St. NW (202) 319-1924

Our Readers Say

Once you walk into this beautiful restaurant you will be amazed at the things you see. You think is this a museum or a restaurant? When you go there you get both. The atmosphere is like Ethiopia itself from the huts on top of you to the traditional tables (mesobs) and chairs. Before you eat they come and wash your hands which is the traditional cleansing ceremony. Before the food is served you can smell the delicious scent of the spices. The taste of it though just blows you away. From the delicious spicy doro wet and the yebeg wet to the side vegetarian dishes that have an amazing taste. It is an experience you wouldn't want to miss. So if you have the chance thats a nice family restaurant for you guys to check out.
I am glad somebody wrote about this beautiful restaurant .I don't have a word to describe about it .This is for me like flying to Ethiopia without paying a ticket.The food the service the decor is different than any other restaurant.
I am glad somebody wrote about this beautiful restaurant .I don't have a word to describe about it .This is for me like flying to Ethiopia without paying a ticket.The food the service the decor is different than any other restaurant.
Little Ethiopia Restaurant is a inspirational place to be because it has traditional food and it shows traditional Ethiopian music. When I go there, it symbolically shows how Ethiopia is like. Even if I haven't been to Ethiopia, when I step into Little Ethiopia Restaurant it feels like I am there. I go with my mom there and when I step in there it feels like I am in Ethiopia for the first time.
Little Ethiopia is a great restaurant to be in. There is great Ethiopian food there and also live music.

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