Dukem is my favorite Ethiopian restaurant in the area. It’s authentic yet caters to a Western crowd. We got a platter to split amongst four people plus a beef tar tar type dish and still ended up with two pounds in leftovers. If you’ve never had Ethiopian before, go into it with an open mind and receptive palette. They don’t provide silverware unless you ask for it, or if you order a dish that requires it eg rice or soup. The platter is served family style, you rip a piece of the sponge-like bread and scoop the dish you want to eat. At my friend’s recommendation, I tried their St. George beer. It’s her favorite because when she visited the country, it was the only beer she found that was bottled. It went down smooth, wasn’t too heavy, hoppy or carbonated.
As a bonus, they had traditional Ethiopian dancers and musicians put on a performance. Ethiopia is comprised on multiple tribes, and the coolest part of the performance to me is that this couple performed a tribe-specific dance every time they went out.
1114 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009