Ok, look. You guys, along with the rest of Washington seem to be in love with your Ethiopian Restaurants. I moved here in July. I've eaten at three Ethiopian restaurants including the relentlessly touted Etete. I feel like I want to be one of you. You Washingtonians. But I (gasp!) just DON'T LIKE Ethiopian food!!!
I am so upset about it. My husband and I are on the same page here. We both like ethnic cuisine a tremendous amount. Thai, Spanish, Middle Eastern, Japanese...you name it! We love it. Therefore, we both fully expected to totally get into the Washington taste for Ethiopian. I have to be honest. Not only don't I get it. I am actually repulsed by it! We went to Etete a couple months ago assuming we just had the wrong experience at some other places and since Etete is always the first recommendation from anyone and any newpaper or magazine article we thought we'd see the light.
After leaving Etete and writing one of the most scathingly abusive reviews of my life (and that's saying something!) to the newspaper that highly recommended it, we've finally decided that we just don't like Ethiopian food.
Am I still alowed to call the District my home? Should I travel in silence of my distaste for Ethipian cuisine and admit only through a disguise what my true opinion of it is? Should I cloak myself in dark robes as I steal past the doors of these restaurants? Does anyone know why I may feel this way? My husband and I are both from major US cities and enjoy experimenting with food and so forth. By all other accounts we are total Chowhounds. He's a chef for goodness sakes. All we do is eat and drink wine.
So. I ask you fellow Hounds...Is there no hope for me? Can I ever truly claim that DC is my home and I am a Washingtonian?