“I wanted to bring some of my story and background and incorporate all of the techniques and training that I’ve learned over the years and introduce some Ethiopian flavors in a different way,” Elias Taddesse said of his newest creation, Doro Soul Food, 1819 Seventh St. NW.
A veteran of Michelin-starred kitchens in New York and named Eater DC’s Chef of the Year in 2021, Taddesse is best known locally for Mélange, a now closed Mount Vernon Triangle fast-casual restaurant that offered his take on burgers and chicken sandwiches. At Doro, which opened in 2022, he prepares classic American soul food dishes with a unique East African twist, using spices and flavors drawn from his Ethiopian heritage and French techniques.
A lover of Popeyes since age nine, he offers riffs on fried chicken, mac and cheese, cornbread, collard greens and more. There is even a vegan tender option.
“My ultimate goal is really to highlight Ethiopian food, not just in what we traditionally know like flat bread,” Taddesse said. “I’m trying to see how far I can push the flavor profiles.”
Doro Soul Food’s menu is only available for takeout and delivery.
For more about Doro Soul Food, visit dorosoulfood.com.
Sarah Payne is a reporter for Capital Community News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.