My Best Restuarant in DC Award goes to Lalibela Etheopian restuarant on 14th and P. The food is amazing, the prices good, and the setting authentic. The best dishes to get there include the Lalibela Tibs, a great spicy saucy lamb; Yebere Tibs, a not so spicy steak; and the best of the house, the Dulet, a mixture of lamb tripe, raw beef, and liver with jalapenos. Okay, the Dulet sounds disgusting, but everytime I force someone to try it without telling them what's in it first, they fall in love with it. It's all about the spices. I always also get a vegetarian sampler to give it a good mix.
Unlike the Etheopian restuarants in Adams Morgan, Lalibela is not packed with yuppies (just a few, given the recent gentrification of the area), but caters to Etheopian regulars (mostly men who like to order spaghetti). My greatest fear is that when all the luxury condos around there are done, the developers will move into the smaller plots in the area like Lalibela and build Irish watering holes trendy coffee shops. Lalibela has been my comfort base since 2002.