America's Best Neighborhoods for Ethnic Food
Little Ethiopia, Washington, D.C.
Ethiopian immigrants who set up shop around the intersection of 9th and U streets have reenergized the area in the past decade, operating shops, restaurants, and cafés that cater to expats—D.C. has the largest Ethiopian population in North America, at about 250,000—and introduce others to the culture and cuisine of this northeast African country. Start your taste test at Dukem (1114 U St., NW; 202-667-8734) for a cup of coffee—a long cup of coffee, that is. The incense-laden Ethiopian coffee ceremony takes about 30 minutes, and it’s worth watching the servers roast and grind the beans then brew the coffee, all right in front of patrons. At Habesha Ethiopian Market, you can browse for Ethiopian coffee and other treats to enjoy at home.