Ethiopian/American misadventures are well chronicled: there was that whole Blackhawk thing in the 90's, and more recently that deplorable, sickening, pirate fiasco -- seriously The Curse of the Black Pearl is out on DVD there. Trusting in the success of an Eritrean/American joint-op instead: Bella Cafe.
Just opened, Bella's an ultra-sparse, wifi/booze-equipped U Street duplex diner plating a menu that's half American and half Eritrean (i.e., basically Ethiopian), all run by an Eritrean transplant whose former business was the autobody shop across the street, meaning he's gone from replacing flat tires to producing spare ones. Though super-similar to Ethiopian, the Eritrean side of the menu's advertised as way less greasy (made sparingly w/ olive oil and organic butter), and includes known favorites like Goden Tibs (marinated short-ribs w/ garlic/jalapeno), Gored Gored (cubed beef w/ diced onion/herbal butter/awaze sauce), and a lean red meat dish mixed with "cleaned lamb tripe and liver" called the Dullet, also a hairstyle described as "business in the front, and also business in the back". For those of feebler guts, the American half includes staples like a fried cheesesteak plus a spinach/macaroni-accompanied New York strip, and Italian-Americaness like lasagna stuffed with your choice of beef, chicken, or curiously, fish, making one wonder when they're rolling out the Mani-cod-i.
To temper the spiciness, both upstairs and downstairs are stocked with a full liquor bar and a handful of your standard beer bottles, though a night of boozing and fiery ethnic food's liable to leave you with a Dead Man's Chest.