A Restaurant, A Market & Dessie Does— Catering, Kitchen Rental & Carry-Out
Find a feast of exciting tastes at Dessie Ethiopian Restaurant and Market in Wheaton, Maryland 20902 located at 2655 University Blvd West. When you enter it will seem that you are in another part of the world. To quote one reporter, “Enter and find yourself transported in what seems like a shop on the out skirts of Dessie, Ethiopia.” Menu items include: Yebeg Tibs (tender lamb cubes fried with spices, hot pepper and onions), Key Wot (fresh beef cooked with hot pepper and Ethiopian spices), Kitfo (minced meat seasoned with spiced butter and hot red pepper) and all served on and with injera, a sourdough-risen flatbread with a unique, slightly spongy texture.
Dessie’s market has several types of injera (the national bread of Ethiopia) including sergana teff injera and taam yalew ingera made in part or all with teff flour. Our small market has what you need to make your own Ethiopian food at home! We also carry CDs of Ethiopian music and Ethiopian magazines.
Many Saturday evenings include traditional music performed by various groups.
If you are not in the mood for a relaxing meal or you are in a rush you can call us (301-933-5580) and order your choice of food from our menu and we will prepare it for you fresh to be picked up.
Dessie Ethiopian Is Easy To Find
Located In Montgomery County, MD 20902
Located just a few steps from the bustling intersection of University Boulevard and Veirs Mill Road, Dessie Ethiopian Restaurant and Market gives you a choice to make – walk straight into the market, or turn right to the bright and colorful dining room for a meal.
Owner Lishan Demekristos decided to open her own food-centered business in Wheaton in 2004 after running a vending company dealing in injera in the Washington DC area. Dessie began as a store selling injera and spices (which it still does) but decided to add her mother’s traditional Ethiopian recipes and use a section of the location’s space to open the restaurant. The restaurant celebrated its tenth anniversary in November 2014! “I moved to Silver Spring in 1989 and for years, saw people going out all the time to ethnic restaurants and places, but there was no Ethiopian food,” said Demekristos. “Wheaton is close to Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Silver Spring and Kensington and I thought this place would catch people’s eyes.”