We went out for lunch today. The three of us (me, Salman, and Mariam who just came two days ago for a visit) picked an Ethiopian restaurant, Meskerem, for our afternoon consumption. Meskerem is located in the Adams Morgan area, which I think probably the most unique but undercovered DC neighborhood. It's so ethnic, cool, urban, and organic that I didn't feel like I'm in DC the whole time. Weird, huh? You just have to visit this area whenever you come to DC, it's not a hugely popular tourist destination so it'll be like the beaten path for your itinerary.
Meskerem is authentically Africa. Indoor settings (except for the basement) and furnitures were different from most ethnic restaurant I've been in. The table is the most striking. It's actually a basket, standing low at knee-level, where we eventually shared the food together. I ordered Yebeg Fitfit, a lamb-based dish, and Tej for beverage. While all of us ordered different things, we ended up sharing due to the large portions and serving style (remember the basket?) We ate with bare hands, scooping up the dish with our injera, a spongy pancake-like staple bread (similar to Indonesian kue apem but without the sweets). The food was so good that I even raided Salman and Mariam's injera after they were too full to continue ^.^
We were just enjoying ourselves that day, I think taking more than 2 hours in that restaurant alone. Good experience, I highly recommend Meskerem.