Beteseb’s Kitfo: The Secret Behind Its Ranking as One of Washingtonian’s Top 100 Restaurants

The area’s restaurant scene continues to garner local and national attention and praise for its quality and diversity.

Beteseb, an Ethiopian restaurant located at 8201 Georgia Ave. in downtown Silver Spring, has been recognized for its excellence in the past, even making appearances on national television. The restaurant secured the #90 spot in Washingtonian Magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants list in 2019, particularly noted for its flavorful kitfo dish:

The Washington area boasts one of the country’s largest concentrations of Ethiopian restaurants. After sampling them widely, we most anticipate visits to this Silver Spring spot. The open kitchen produces a superb kitfo—beef tartare—warmed with purified herbed butter and chili powder. (Get the “special” version with ricotta-like house-made cheese and collard greens.) The juicy rib-eye tibs gently sautéed with onion and green peppers outshine competitors’ versions, and the vegetarian platter is a must-order for its turmeric-tinted cabbage and vibrant red lentils. Inexpensive.

Beteseb has repeatedly been recognized as an essential Ethiopian restaurant by Eater D.C. and was showcased in the Washington, D.C. episode of chef Marcus Samuelsson’s PBS series No Passport Required, which aired in 2018.

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