Kitfo Sandwich Featured in Washington City Paper’s 12 Favorite Fall Sandwiches

Kitfo is fairly common among the many Ethiopian restaurants in Silver Spring — but a Kitfo Sandwich? Not so much.

Washington City Paper Food Editor Laura Hayes lists the Kitfo Sandwich at Langano Restaurant (8305 Georgia Ave.) as one of her favorite fall sandwiches in D.C.:

It’s hard to find an Ethiopian restaurant in the D.C. area that doesn’t have kitfo on the menu. The minced raw beef preparation gets its flavor from mitmita—ground African bird’s eye chili peppers—and niter kibbeh—clarified butter infused with herbs and spices.

What’s less common, however, is a kitfo sandwich, which Silver Spring’s Langano offers. Customers can specify whether they want the beef raw (tire), rare (leb leb), or well done. Go with raw so you can experience the pleasing contract between warm, crusty bread and a cool filling that’s both fiery and tangy.

Find it in the restaurant’s appetizer section. It’s about the size of a large croissant, leaving customers with the opportunity to try other dishes. Langano is open for pick-up, dine-in, and delivery through the apps from 9 a.m. to close.

Across downtown, Lemon Slice Café (8737 Colesville Rd.) has a Kitfo Sandwich on the lunch menu for $10, and it’s served on a fresh homemade ciabatta roll.

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Are there any other restaurants in Silver Spring that have the Kitfo Sandwich on their menu? Let us know in the comments.

Photo courtesy Laura Hayes/Washington City Paper


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