Reviews written by envirorose
Registered on Nov 1 12
This is great place to grab dinner on H Street when you don't want to wait to eat at any of the other places with a ridiculous wait. I love that they don't charge you for each topping individually and that you can choose your crust and sauce. I went for a whole wheat crust with the spicy tomato sauce, vegan cheese, artichokes, mushrooms, peppers, jalapenos, and caramelized onions (they didn't have eggplant or it might have been a different combo!).
The pizza then goes into a little oven that sits right on the counter and then you can add finishes and oils. I added olives and chili oil (I like my pizza spicy!). What a great personal pizza - one of the best vegan personal pizza I've had in DC! I loved all of the veggies and can't wait to try another combination!
The line wasn't too long on a Friday night (though we ate a late dinner), and there was plenty of seating at their communal tables. Plus, the staff was very attentive and nice - great service! All and all, it was a great and quick meal!
I'm a fan, but it only gets three stars due to some rudeness that a friend and I encountered recently when we tried to go to Ethiopic on a Friday without a (gasp!) reservation. The host and hostess were extremely rude. When they asked if we'd have a reservation and we responded no, they just stared at us blankly as if they were aghast and as though it was the first time that's ever happened. After a long silence with no response from them, I had to ask how long the wait would be, to which they didn't have a clear or polite answer.
DON'T go on a weekend without a reservation. It's become so popular (which is great for them) that it can no longer be a neighborhood go-to place. And expect a bit of an attitude if you try to go without a reservation. I love the food here, but there is no need to be so pretentious to your customers - it was very off-putting. As much as I like the food, I like even more feeling welcomed at restaurants.
As for the food, as the Washington Post review says, it is a bit more spicy than other area Ethiopian restaurants, which I love. I just wish that they had more veggie platter options like some of the other Ethiopian restaurants in town, but am glad that they have them because I like trying a variety of dishes. It's a little more expensive than some of the other Ethiopian spots in town, but the ambience is a lot nicer.