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Rockville Ethiopian Gurage Open Lunch & Dinner 7 Days

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#1 bookluvingbabe

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 08:50 AM

Has anyone tried it?

http://www.shebarockville.com/

There is a $15 for $30 on DealChicken today and I'm very tempted. I've been craving Ethiopian for a while and I just don't find myself on U Street very often and though I work not for from Ethiopic, I'm never in when they are open...

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 04:08 PM

It's just ok. There's just a level of complexity missing compared to most of the Ethiopian places that I visit.

It suffices in a pinch for a quick lunch, but I'd drive the extra 20 minutes to Silver Spring and go to Addis Ababa given the choice.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:06 PM

I ate there a few weeks ago. I am not the best judge because I am not such a fan of Ethiopian food- I really can't stand injera. But I had a vegetarian sampler and thought the flavors were good. I went with some colleagues who really enjoyed it. I agree that it's not a destination, but it's fine if you're in the mood for Ethiopian and you can't really lose with the deal you mention.

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Posted 09 January 2013 - 11:00 AM

It's just ok. There's just a level of complexity missing compared to most of the Ethiopian places that I visit.

It suffices in a pinch for a quick lunch, but I'd drive the extra 20 minutes to Silver Spring and go to Addis Ababa given the choice.

 

I'm going to have to disagree with DanielK.  My son and I ate there last night.  We were looking to try it because it is closer to home than going (and parking) in Silver Spring.  We made sure to try the Kifto (properly raw) and ordered one of the platters (Doro Tibs, Sheba Special Tibs, Minchet abish, Gomen with a side of house salad) as well as the Bedergan (eggplant wot).  I found all of them to be equal to or superior to what I get at Addis Ababa.  We also had a bottle of the mead (honey wine) which may have been a factor in our enjoyment.  But the bottom line was, it is closer to home than any other Ethiopian place and well worth going to when i want my Ethiopian food fix.



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Posted 12 January 2014 - 01:06 AM

I have gone numerous times to this restaurant, and my favorite thing on the menu there is the kitfo. I've tried the kitfo at Abay Market, which I know Don and Bourdain both like, and I actually like the kitfo at Sheba even more.

 

I spoke with the owner the other day about their kitfo and she tells me that the cook is Gurage (kitfo is Gurage cuisine) and that they make their niter kibbeh by hand. I love the way that their kitfo is spiced (and you can taste the hints of spices like cardamon) and comes out in a bowl.


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