With its large windows, bustling energy and brightly hued interior, Ethiopic is an ideal fit for the melting pot that is H Street. Though minimalist, the dining room’s bare tables are juxtaposed with pops of color from decorative wall hangings and other artwork.
This family-run spot turns out classic, well-made dishes with complex flavors, and the menu is a veritable treasure trove for vegetarians. Tibs, a marinated beef or lamb dish served with sautéed vegetables, delivers a kick of heat; while the slowly simmered beef in the sega key wot proves that good things do come to those who wait. Of course, everything arrives with the obligatory injera, thicker here than usual, and no meal is complete without a cup of that seriously rich Ethiopian coffee.- MICHELIN guide inspectors