JD Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar, web site, 6669 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA, 703-717-3871, usually open and music Saturday nights (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Google | Restaurant Guru | RoadTrippers | Annandale Today]
Monarch Ethiopian used to be in this space, before that Dama. This place is very good, and especially noteworthy for the freshness of the food and the flavors. Excellent kitfo, vegetables, definitely above average. Sometimes the different Ethiopian places blur into each other a bit, but this is the one closest to me, so it will get repeated visits. Nicer to sit in and less dark than some of the smaller places, so recommended both for the novice and the expert in Ethiopian food.