From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT]borderstan.com.
At the blending of U Street and Shaw neighborhoods, Ethiopian food overflows platters and plates 24/7. Classics like Dukem are mainstays of the neighborhood and considered a must on the DC eating bucket list. Little Ethiopia and its flavor is a must for local and visitors.
Dukem for years has topped the city’s “Best Of” lists and receives the highest accolades and reviews. Its outdoor patio overlooks the bustling U Street bar scene while its next-door mini mart offers quick take-out and a small selection of grains and spices.
Dukem is a great setting for a larger party, and two platters provides plenty of food for a group of six-to-eight.
I recommend the beef tibs as an addition to a spicy platter — served on top of the edible placemat “injera” are “wots,” or stews, of a variety of meat and vegetable tastings. Dukem also offers vegetarian platters as well as a mild option for the more sensitive diners. I personally do not have the palate for the sweet honey wine called “Tej,” but the verdict is that it is the perfect complement to authenticate the experience.
Dukem: The Details
- Where Am I Going: 1114 – 1118 U Street NW
- When Am I Going: Sunday to Thursday from 9 am to 2 am. Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.
- Delivery: No, but they do have carry out.
- Paycheck: $20 will provide you with plenty of food.
- Say What? Be ready to enjoy your food with certain level of noise during weekend nights.
- What You’ll be Eating: Ethiopian fare at its best.