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Meskerem

2434 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Phone: (202) 462-4100
Cuisine: Ethiopian/African
Price: $$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Tuesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Wednesday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Thursday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
    Friday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Saturday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 AM
    Sunday: 12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
  • Special Needs Smoking Section, Non Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
  • Atmosphere Romantic
  • Attire Casual
  • Amenities Dancing, TV, Private Party Room
  • Payment Methods Amex Diners Club Mastercard Visa

Highlights

Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The quintessence of those bonds are often demonstrated in the form of gursha-that is, the placing of food in the mouth of another diner from one's own (hand]Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread, is part of every entree. It is a large crepe/pancake upon which the various stew-like dishes are served. The traditional way of eating is with the fingers, which is in itself a delicate art. In this manner, a bite sized piece of injera is broken off to pick up a mouthful of the chosen dish. Ethiopian dishes are characterized by the variety of spices used to give them their exotic taste. Watt, which is a stew-like dish, comes in a variety of forms-beef, lamb, chicken, and vegetables. These rage from hotly spiced (with barbered- a typical Ethiopian red pepper) to very mild. The more delicately seasoned watt are called alicha which contain no berbere. Fifit, another exotic staple, is a combination dish prepared with broken bits of the injera itself. Nitter kebbeh, a specially prepared butter, is a key ingredient used to give these dishes their exotic flavor. Vegetarian dishes are also a staple of Ethiopian cuisine, especially during Lent, a period of fifty-five days before Easter. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are prohibited from eating all meat and meat by product such as milk, cheese and butter until Easter. Yet the variety of watts and other dishes made of lentils, peas and other vegetables are just as exotic and tasty as those containing meats.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 175reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 I'm glad that the previous excellent brand of the honey wine is back! Aug 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is definitely an experience eating with your hands (no utensils) and having their traditional spongy bread and tasty food! It is located in the vibrant, eclectic area of Adams Morgan. Aug 10, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Meskerem has amazing food. The quality and taste are superb. Of the 4 of us, it was 2 of the peoples' first time and they absolutely loved it. We ordered the combo special for 4 people and a bottle of wine and it was just the right amount of food at the right price. Can't wait to come back! Jul 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food is delicious, and the variety of spices in the dishes was a total delight! Service was cordial, attentive, and very informative when we had questions about Ethiopian cuisine and culture. Our 2 kids loved the experience of dining upstairs! Jul 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The waitress explained the dishes and made the food sound delicious. Jul 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 Great food and ambiance. Jun 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food choices, quality and service were exemplary. The ambience was nice, too. May 31, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent service, food quality, variety and ambience! May 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The waitress was very kind and helpful May 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Ethiopian Restaurant. Been here a long time so experienced and fresh. Apr 8, 2014
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