If you read Johnna Knows Good Food regularly, then you’re in on my little secret: I love (adore) Ethiopian food. Seriously. In ranking my top comfort foods, there’s soul food, Italian and Ethiopian, in no particular order. It is something about the Injera that mesmerizes my senses while it freaks others out with its spongy texture. Recently, I had the opportunity to venture to yet another Ethiopian treasure in the District, Ethiopic. Ethiopic is the first of its kind in the H street corridor and has made quite a name for itself on this side of town.
Trekking over on one of the hottest days in the District, I was unpleasantly surprised to find that renovations were in full force and Ethiopic’s air conditioning system was a mere window AC high above the seating area. It could have jolted my experience to a halt had I not been greeted by one of the widest smiles and warmest greetings I have had in a District restaurant to date. I actually had to squint across the room to see if that was the person I was meeting or the host of the restaurant. It was the latter and I was quickly escorted over to my “reserved” (*too cute, they actually had “reserved” place cards…) table.
I know the drill at Ethiopian restaurants now, so I immediately select the veggie combo and decide the fish should accompany my order. My guest and I decided to share and must have been starving because I totally forgot about pictures before we started digging in, hence the after shots below.
Spicy shimbra asa (*Spicy chickpeas dumpling seasoned with onions, garlic, red pepper, & spices), miser wot (*Pureed split red lentils simmered with red pepper sauce) and tikile gomen (*Cabbage, carrots, and potatoes simmered in mild sauce) were some of the usual suspects circling our tray.
The fish was served crisp and fresh with a splash of fresh lemon juice making me forget about all the bones pricking my fingers.
Pleased and full I can leave saying my Ethiopic experience was a good one. One more reason to add to make my way over to H street…