1) ROCKVILLE: Samovar, a Russian restaurant, recently opened in Rockville Town Square. It's from father/daughter team Ika Abdulaeva and Solijon Nasimov. Look for dishes like borscht, kabobs, and more traditional Russian specialties like pelmeni dumplings. 201 N. Washington St, Rockville, Md.; website.
2) ADAMS MORGAN: Ethiopian restaurant Ababa has opened in the former Casa Oaxaca space. Borderstan reports traditional dishes like kitfo and sambussa on the menu. Status: Certified open. 2106 18th St. NW; no website yet.