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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Casual restaurant

Sun–Thu 11:30am–1:00am
Fri–Sat 11:30am–2:00am

Features Delivery, live music, outdoor dining, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted


Silver Spring, MD
8305 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD
(301) 563-6700
Good Ethiopian for which you won’t even have to leave downtown—downtown Silver Spring, that is

If you live in Silver Spring, you’re probably relieved not to have to trek way out to Shaw’s Little Ethiopia for your fix. But the news gets even better: Langano is at least as good as (and sometimes even better than) those restaurants. Unlike the 19th-century row houses of Shaw, this downtown storefront is wide, with a front patio and huge windows. The inside is spacious and airy, but it gets a little depressing during their quiet lunches. The strong incense smell also works better at night, when the dark wood tables are filled with Ethiopians and loud live music (call first to verify—some weekends they have it and some they don’t).

Portions here are generous, and lunches, in particular, are cheap. A lunch special of $6.95 gets you a combo of lamb and beef or vegetable dishes, which you can just manage to finish if you don’t load up on spongy injera. They make their own, and it’s terrifically sour and bright—like lemony blini. Don’t miss gored gored, tender raw beef cubes with herbed butter and hot chili. It’s a chunkier and more unusual version of the classic kitfo (which they also serve). Another great treat, and one that we almost never see around town, is a well-spiced quanta fitfit—dehydrated beef with hot pepper. Don’t be afraid of dulet, minced lamb tripe and liver; it brings a unique and complex flavor to the veggie sides that come with it and every other main.

In addition to a forthcoming Ethiopian coffee service, there’s a negligible list of wines by the glass, an interesting Ethiopian honey wine, and a full, basic bar. Drinks are pretty cheap. All this and outdoor seating? Silver Spring, you lucky dogs!

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