608 T Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Mondays – Sundays, 10 AM – 11 PM
One of my friends was visiting from out of town, and she wanted to try out an Ethiopian restaurant (as DC is known for Ethiopian food). I found Zenebech Injera, as it was the closest restaurant.
This restaurant is family-owned and has been around since 1993, which first started off as a bakery. It relocated to T St in ’99 to add a restaurant. Their menu includes items such as sambusas, dabo kolos, breakfast items (ful, yetelba juice, genfo), main dishes (meats, vegetarian), and sides (veggies, more injera, etc.).
The server were sooo friendly and sooo sweet; he was very patient with us when we were trying to decide what to order, and suggested us in doing the 50/50 option to get a variety of samples to share.
We had the Derek (dried lamb with onions, jalapenos, tomato, & herbs), Nech Tibs (lamb with a mild curry-like sauce, onions, jalapenos, tomatoes, and garlic), Doro Wot (chicken stew simmered in awaze sauce, seasoned with Ethiopian butter, a boiled egg, an da drumstick), and the Keye Wot (tender beef stew immersed in chili pepper sauce, ginger root, and cardamom). We also had a side of veggies (collard greens, shiro (chickpeas stew) and cabbage).
My most favorite was the Derek, as the lamb was perfectly cooked, very crispy, very savory, and oh-so-lovely with the slightly-sour injera bread. Yum yum yum! I could have eaten that dried lamb and the sauteed/caramelized onions all day long like popcorn!
The Nech Tibs were really delicious as well, as it was in this creamy tomato-based sauce that had a slight kick to it – this, too, was great to scoop up with the injera bread. I would probably stick with these two, as the others were just okay (I wasn’t a fan of the chickpeas).
They have a soda selection (ginger ale, Coke, etc.). Very cute hole-in-the-wall type of restaurant, I’m so glad I was able to check this place out – there are metered parking available, and I found one a block away that was free after 6:30PM – yahoo! Our dinner was very delicious and I will be back!
+free parking after 6:30PM
+get there early; lines can get long!