Abol Ethiopian Cuisine located at 8626 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring, Maryland opened its doors in 2007. February 2013 thru March 2018 Abol has been managed by Chef T. Mamo. Chef is the mother of three daughters and has been a resident of the Washington, DC area for more than 20 years. She has worked for various restaurants in her lifetime. Starting at an early age, she worked for her family owned restaurant in Ethiopia. She has worked as a hostess, waitress, manager, cook and chef. There is no position that she has not worked in and that is what legacy Chef Mamo left at Abo] Ethiopian Cuisine. Since March 2018, Abol is has been owned and managed Meron Girma. Ms. Girma is mother of three and is self-thought in the kitchen. Meron continues in the legacy of Chef Mamo, but bought her unique skill set to Abol Cuisine. Meron has been receiving rave reviews from Abol loyal patrons, as well as from new patronage added daily.
Many of our customers ask what the significance of our name is. "Abo!" is an Ethiopian word which means "authentic". Ethiopians traditionally refer to their first cup of coffee in the morning as "Abol."
The history books tell us that French cuisine became famous after the French Revolution of 1792. Chefs who used to cook for the monarchs found themselves unemployed after the revolution and had to start opening their own establishments to support themselves. By the same token, the 1973 Ethiopian revolution led to the opening of several restaurants in Ethiopia, and this rich history Abol stands on.
So you may ask, "What is Ethiopian Cuisine anyway?" Well, cuisine is defined as "a style or method of cooking, as a characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment."
Ethiopians, like any other civilization, have developed methods of cooking that are characteristic of the region. However, what distinguishes Ethiopian cuisine is not only the preparation, but also how we break bread. Actually, it is nothing like bread; we don't even call it bread. The Ethiopian staple is known as injera. It is soft and spongy in texture and pancake like in appearance. When eating it, you tear the injera into pieces and use it instead of a utensil to wrap up cuisine. Traditional silverware has no place in Ethiopian cuisine. A traditional Ethiopian meal is served on and surrounded by injera, on a large platter to be shared with everyone eating.
Abol's mission is to prepare healthy and delicious Ethiopian cuisine and introduce the value of sharing meals to the larger community. At Abol we believe mealtime is important and everyone should take some time from their busy schedule to appreciate a good meal and the company that goes with it. We also believe in giving back to the community and powering young women. In 2013, Abol sponsored jerseys for the girls' soccer team of St. Michael's during the annual Ethiopian Soccer tournament in North America that was held at the University of Maryland.
There are a variety of people who enjoy Ethiopian Cuisine. Our customers are quite diverse. we get a lot of people trying Ethiopian cuisine for the first time. On the other hand, we also have regular customers: high school students looking to expand their culinary taste, families with kids as young as toddlers, couples on a date, friends meeting for a casual meal, colleagues sharing a meal and families and friends coming out to celebrate a special occasion. We also have visitors who are staying in one of the nearby hotels who stop by to grab a quick dinner. Friends and family coming out for a movie at AFI Silver, a show at the Filmore arena, Regal Majestic Cinemas, Stopping by before or shopping at Ellsworth’s Place mall, or simply visiting Downtown, we welcome all to Abol’s Restaurant.