Andrew Zimmern: Best Ethnic Food in the U.S.
Washington, DC, is home to more than 250,000 people of Ethiopian decent, and the numbers are growing year by year. Little Ethiopia, the blocks surrounding 9th and U streets, used to be home to most of these East Africans, and the area still boasts a couple of dozen businesses and restaurants. Dukem is a staple of the U Street district and one of the best examples of Ethiopian cuisine in DC. They’re known for classic Ethiopian entrées such as tibs (the iconic dish of lamb, beef or vegetables covered in berbere spices), sambusas, and their popular traditional coffee service. As sky-high rents have forced many out of the neighborhood, you’ll find many immigrants moving to the burbs, where entire apartment complexes are filled with Ethiopian families, the hallways smell like an Addis Ababa spice market, and low-slung strip malls house East African businesses. In Silver Spring, Maryland, try Abol or Addis Ababa. At either restaurant, order one of the combination platters for the best introduction to classic Ethiopian dishes. Expect to use the injera (or spongy pancake) as your eating utensil.