First of all, let me say that I'd never had Ethiopian food before eating here. And NOW let me say that this is the BEST Ethiopian food I've ever had!!! :) There was a subthread about DC Ethiopian restaurants and someone said that if one had never had it then why worry about "the best" (I'm paraphrasing). Well, even an (Ethiopian) virgin can tell really, really good from ho-hum. We loved Etete.
We had dulet which is " lamb tripe, liver minced and seasoned with onions, mitmita (ground hot pepper), and cooked in spiced butter." I'm not an indiscriminate liver lover but this was terrific. Our second dish was yeawaz tibs described as "tender beef sautéed in awaze sauce (ground hot pepper made into a sauce) with onion, fresh tomato, fresh garlic, chili." We were lucky to have people on each side of us who were knowledgeable and in a flash we were scooping up our food with injera (can I make that at home?) and loving it. The dishes came with two sides. We got "Gomen::fresh collard greens cooked in oil with onion, garlic, ginger, green pepper." The other was a lentil dish but I don't remember which one.
I started with a glass of Ethiopian wine (when in Rome....) called "Tej(Honey Wine) Produced from honey and a form of hops called ‘Gesho.”. No preservatives or artificial flavors added. " It was interesting, not in a bad way. Definitely did not taste like wine to me and was better with food than alone. Bob had an Ethiopian beer (don't know the name) which, though I'm not a beer drinker I liked better. We ordered a second one which we shared.
Excuse that I've copied descriptions directly from the menu but I must not be the only CH who doesn't know squat about this heavenly cuisine. It certainly won't be the last but I'm betting I won't get as good as this every time. BTW, there was enough leftover for us to have a decent small dinner from a couple of nights later. I wrapped the rolled injera in plastic wrap and it MWd quite well.
Two meat entrees with a glass of wine and two beers was $48 excl. tax and tip. I encourage anyone, whether a newbie or not, to check this place out. If we have time, we're going back before the end of our trip. Thanks, CHs for a great rec.
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001