If there’s another place in town where we can sidle up to a cool, long granite bar, tune into the Nats game and order a couple of international brews to go along with our doro wat and lamb tibis, we haven’t found it.If you’re as tired of typical American bar food as we are, then we’re about to change your world. Welcome to Maraki, a U Street sports bar with an Ethiopian twist. Seriously, if there’s another place in town where we can sidle up to a cool, long granite bar, tune into the Nats game and order a couple of international brews to go along with our doro wat and lamb tibis, we haven’t found it.
And if you’re not sure what those two food items we mentioned are, then you must be new to DC. Welcome! This city has some of the best Ethiopian cuisine in the nation, friends, and Maraki’s chef, a native of Ethiopia, does not disappoint. In fact, she goes above and beyond, sometimes even creating her own dishes, like “the Katanga.” Made of rolled up injera (a thin, sourdough bread) and covered in spices, garlic and a few other ingredients, this is Ethiopia’s answer to garlic bread, but way more flavorful. “People order this as a side, an appetizer and sometimes for a whole meal,” said Solomon the manager. We might make it easy and just order three to cover all the bases. Just like the Nats.
P.S. Two more things to know: 1) Maraki has one of the best happy hours in the neighborhood, meaning the drinks are so well-priced you can save your Scoutmob deal for a full meal later; and 2) if you bring someone weird who doesn’t love Ethiopian cuisine, Maraki has a few European-style meals (think spaghetti or grilled fish) to satisfy even the pickiest eater's palate.
Maraki Special Zil-Zil Tibis (beef sautéed in butter, onion and herbs), $13.95
Lamb Tibis, $11.50
Special Kitfo, $15.95
Veggie Combo, $9.95
Sunday – Thursday, noon to 2 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, noon to 3 a.m.