by Robin Greninger | 9:41 am

The 4 Best African Restaurants In Washington D.C.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top African restaurants around Washington, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you’re on the hunt.

1. Nando’s PERi-PERi


Topping the list is Mount Vernon Triangle’s Nando’s PERi-PERi, situated at 819 7th St. NW. (between N. H St. & N. I St.). With four stars out of 896 reviews on Yelp, the chicken shop, which has grown from one location in Johannesburg to hundreds around the world, has proven to be a local favorite.

The South African-inspired menu includes their all-natural “peri peri” chicken, flavored with piri piri chile pepper seasoning, a blend which, though Portuguese in origin, is widely utilized in southern Africa (piri piri is Swahili for “pepper pepper”). Other offerings include hummus with peri peri drizzle, spicy mixed olives, sandwiches, salads and more. (You can check out the full menu here.)

2. Sumah’s

Shaw’s Sumah’s, located at 1727 7th St. N.W. (between N. S St. & N. R St.), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the African spot 4.5 stars out of 243 reviews.

Located in the historic Shaw district, this restaurant offers home-cooked West African cuisine with all the sauces & flavors from home, says its website. Menu options include peanut butter stew, jollof rice and potato leaves, all served with your choice of protein. (Take a look here for the full menu.)

3. Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart

Chercher Ethiopian Restaurant & Mart, an Ethiopian spot in Shaw, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 235 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1334 9th St. N.W. (between N. O St. & N. N St.) to see for yourself.

This restaurant, located in the heart of DC, specializes in Ethiopian cuisine and follows the traditional Ethiopian custom of serving food on one large platter meant for the group to share, says the company’s website. Be sure to try the doro we’t (chicken stew) one of the most popular Ethiopian dishes. (You can check out the full menu here.)

4. Ethiopic

Last but not least, there’s Ethiopic, a Capitol Hill favorite with four stars out of 573 reviews. Stop by 401 H St. N.E. (between N. 5th St. & N. 4th St.) to hit up the Ethiopian spot next time you’re looking to satisfy your cravings.

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by Robin Greninger | 10:16 am


An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.8 struck in the Mexican state of California del Norte on Monday, shaking some buildings and sending shockwaves to nearby Yuma, Ariz., and parts of Southern California. The quake originated roughly 20 miles (32.1km) below the surface. The strike was 56km southeast of Mexicali.

United States Geological Survey (USGS) officials reported the quake hit at 1:18 p.m. Arizona time on Monday, and that two other quakes hit in a close proximity not longer after the first one. USGS reported a quake in an area 9km west of Alberto Oviedo Mota just seven minutes after the intial quake, and then another one 10km west-northwest of Alberto Oviedo Mota 39 minutes after the first quake.

USGS also reported data that folks in Yuma felt tremors from the first earthquake. KSAZ in Phoneix reported that residents in the California cities of El Centro and parts of San Diego also felt tremors from the first quake.

The USGS site ranks strength of earthquakes, and categorized the Alberto Oviedo Mota, B.C., MX a III, meaning it was noticeably felt by people who were indoors, especially on higher-level floors. The site says most people don’t recognize the earthquake as one of this magnitude, as it typically sounds and feels like the vibration of a large, passing truck.

No casualties or injuries have ben reported.

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