One dish, in particular, that needs to be noted is the 100 percent vegetarian Yetema tem Fitfit. "In Ethiopia, this is known as a dish you have after a hard night out," said chef/owner Senait Abebaw. "It makes you feel better."With the air permeated by the savory smells of injera, wot and a bunch of other mouth-watering traditional Ethiopian dishes, I figured I was in for a treat when I walked into Fasika just north of the Petworth metro. Minutes later, when owner and chef Senait Abebaw set down a massive Veggie Combo, featuring seven completely vegan components, I knew I was in for a treat. With the regular portion definitely being enough for two, I was able to turn this dinner into a necessary midnight snack. And the tastiest one ever because this casual bistro, which even features free wi-fi, has almost become better known for their veggie dishes than their meat-based cuisine (although the chicken here is some of the best in town). One dish, in particular, that needs to be noted is the Yetema tem Fitfit. Served at room temperature, this dish is almost like an Ethiopian hash, consisting of tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers, garlic, ginger, injera and other spices. "In Ethiopia, this is known as a dish you have after a hard night out," said Senait. "It makes you feel better." And not only because it may cure your hangover, but because it's actually good for you. It's practically magic—something that tastes this good and is honestly healthy. So now you can feel less guilty about washing it down with another Ethiopian beer!
Key Wot (beef stew), $9.99
Doro Wot (chicken stew), $10.99
Special Veggie Combo, $10.99
Yetema tem Fitfit, $7.99
Fish Goulash, $10.99
Ethiopian beer, $4.49
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.