Bon Appétit: Ethiopian Classics at Addis Ababa

After sampling three Ethiopian restaurants in a row, I didn’t think we’d find anything different at Addis Ababa, but once again, Ethiopian cuisine has surprised me. Addis Ababa has a menu item I first learned about watching Anthony Bourdain—raw beef.

The dish, gored gored, is a delicacy in the East African country and, according to Bourdain, is quite tasty. Unfortunately, Cliff and I were not feeling very adventurous last Saturday night, so we passed. But it’s good knowing the option is there should we want to venture down that road.

Instead, we stuck to our new Ethiopian favorites. He chose the doro wat and I got the veggie sampler. Both were lovely, but I think what we appreciated most about the restaurant was how cozy it was inside. The night we ventured out was one of the coldest this year, and it was so comforting to be enveloped by the warm hospitality we’ve come to associate with Ethiopian food and culture.

What we ordered:

  • Beyaynetue: $14:50 kik alicha (yellow split peas), shiro wat (ground peas), tickle gomen (cabbage and carrots), gomen wat (collard greens), yatakilt wat (potatoes, carrots, green beans)
  • Doro wat: $15.25 sautéed chicken

Total: $29.75


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Jonna Huseman
I have a degree in journalism and have worked in non-profit communications for the last six years. I am also owner/operator of Jonna Michelle Photography based here in Silver Spring. I am passionate about art, travel, animals, supporting the rights of working people and supporting small, local businesses in my community. On a personal level, I would like to get to know Silver Spring better both as a neighborhood and as a community. I want to better know the people who live here and who make Silver Spring such a fabulous place. I would also like to see a better relationship between pedestrians and drivers, and an official opening to a transit center that is both functional and safe.

  • Pete Tan

    Gored gored? Can you post a video on how to pronounce that?

  • Boosaba

    I’ve got to try these veggie samplers you keep mentioning. They look gooood!

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