1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Walking into Etete in the Shaw neighborhood of DC feels like home. Its recent renovation did a body good, and its two-floor space is warm, inviting and pretty damn sexy! The food is amazing as well.

Photo via Etete

Etete, meaning mama in Amharic, was the well-known restaurant of Tiwaltengus “Etete” Shenegelegne and has been operating for the last 13 years! However, with rapid changes in the DC landscape occurring, the restaurant decided to make some changes of its own. It renovated into a more modern space and hired Chef Christopher Roberson to take its menu from great to extraordinary!

In order to take the restaurant to the next level, Chef Roberson learned and mastered Etete’s original recipes, some she hasn’t even taught her own children to make, and created some of his own Ethiopian inspired dishes as well. While classic Etete items remain on the menu, you’ll now find new items and small plates like blistered sardines and Injera Tacos. It’s exciting to watch where Chef Roberson takes this restaurant over the next few years.

I was recently able to get a sneak peek and tasting at some of the items on the new menu and I was blown away. Here’s a recap of some of the delicious dishes to expect on your next visit.

Injera Tacos – Berbere chicken in an Injera shell
Etete Blistered Sardines – the table was split on this dish; half loved it! 


Beef Tartar Kitfo

Yellow Lentil Hummus


Black Eyed Pea Fritters


Then & Now Platter – Yellow split peas and red lentils, Alligator pepper crusted short rib, collard greens, smoked carrots and cabbage, turmeric chicken, and green lentils

Definitely, stop by next time you need to satisfy your Ethiopian food fix. Also, on Monday’s its all night happy hour! Thank me lata!

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