Thrillist recently asked locals like Meseret Bekele, co-owner of Ethiopic Restaurant, and Elias Taddesse, chef-owner of Mélange who earned a Michelin star while at Caviar Russe in New York City, to help them curate a list of best Ethiopian restaurants in the area. Beteseb was listed as a favorite:
One of the many Ethiopian spots in Silver Spring, Beteseb ranks high on flavor and spice. The homemade injera here is perfectly spongy, and dishes range from the standard vegetarian items to lamb, beef, and chicken items. The Gomen Besiga contains collard greens cooked with beef, herbs, and butter and is one of the more unique and delicious items found here.
Last December, Eater D.C. published 14 Essential Ethiopian Restaurants Around D.C., with Beteseb listed among them: “Silver Spring has no shortage of good Ethiopian food, but Beteseb distinguishes itself with food bursting with flavor and spice. The injera is made entirely from teff grain, unlike many American-adapted injera that incorporate wheat flour. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week for takeout and limited dine-in. Try the breakfast firfir combo (scrambled eggs, seasoned cracked wheat, spiced bread) or buttery bula porridge.”
Beteseb was also featured in the Washington, D.C. episode of Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s PBS series No Passport Required, which aired in 2018.
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