Spokane is riddled with incredible restaurants, but for those looking for something a little out of the norm, have I got the place for you! Queen of Sheba has it all – unique flavors, an incredible location and dining experience, and so much soul that you swear you can taste it in their food. An authentic Ethiopian restaurant, the dishes, spices and cooking techniques instantly transport you to owner Almaz’s version of Ethiopian dining – and we aren’t complaining! From start to finish, Queen of Sheba fills you up, makes you happy, and leaves you wanting more. (At your next visit, that is. I don’t think it’s possible to leave this place hungry!)
Most dishes at Queen of Sheba are served on top of a flat bread called injera, a spongy crepe-like bread with a taste similar to sourdough. When eating Almaz’s food, you simply tear off a piece of the injera and scoop the food up with it! (No silverware to wash?! My kind of chef) Ethiopian dining is largely communal, so most dishes are served family style in the middle of the table with everyone sharing the same dishes and injera. Another perk? Each table has a traditional Mancala set (a game with a wooden board and marbles), so you are entertained while waiting for the amazing food.
We ordered the vegetarian combination plate which includes a combination of four veggie dishes:
- Yatakilt Alicha – Potatoes, carrots, and cabbage delicately sautéed with onions, garlic, ginger, and turmeric.
- Yemishir Kik We’t – Red lentils cooked in berbere and Ethiopian spices.
- Shiro – Ground chick-peas mildly spiced and slow cooked with chopped onions, tomatoes, and Ethiopian spices.
- Yaterkik Alicha – Yellow split-peas cooked with turmeric, garlic and onions.
While they were all great, my favorites were the Yemishir Kik We’t and the Yaterkik Alicha. (Say that ten times fast!) The lentils were savory and rich with a good kick of spice at the end, while the split-peas were creamy, but light with a mild and slightly sweet taste from the onions.
Open Tuesday – Saturday
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Queen of Sheba (The Flour Mill- 621 W Mallon Ave #426, Spokane, WA // 509.328.3958)