Queen of Sheba

2804 Taylorsville Road Louisville, KY 40205

If you remember from previous posts like Sari Sari (Filipino food), I like to branch out and try ethnic restaurants. So when my friends recommended Ethiopian food at Queen of Sheba, I was excited to try it out! I’ve actually been there twice now, so I must like it.

Upon entering the restaurant, you can smell the Ethiopian food filling the room. There is plenty of seating; we didn’t have to wait long to be seated at 7 pm on a Saturday night. They only take reservations for parties of 6 or more. You can get a drink while you wait at the small bar right inside the door.

Traditionally in Ethiopia, people eat with their fingers, tearing a piece of Injera (Ethiopian flat bread) to pick up their food and eat it. Food is served on a big round tray of Injera and shared with the group. Queen of Sheba will serve your meal on a separate plate and provide you with silverware upon request.

The four of us decided to order the vegetarian combo for two ($18) and the meat combo for two ($23), which was served on the large tray with each of us getting our own side salad and kik wot. Kik wot is a split lentils stew, simmered in onions, garlic, and berbere. Berbere is an Ethiopian hot spice made with red chili peppers, but my wimpy taste buds could handle it.

The vegetarian combo includes:

-Misir wot = lentil stew simmered in onions and garlic seasoned with turmeric and herbs.

-Atakilt = cooked sliced cabbage, onions, and carrots in a mild tomato sauce

-Gomen wot = cooked collard greens, onions, and potatoes in a mild sauce

The meat combo consists of:

-Doro wot = spicy chicken stew with chicken drum sticks cooked in minced onions, fresh garlic, and ginger with berbere sauce

-Sega wot = beef stew with lean cubed beef, slow cooked in minced onions, garlic, and fresh ginger with berbere sauce

-Alicha sega wot = mild tender beef stew with onion, potatoes, garlic, ginger, and turmeric

Yes, all of these ingredients were copied from their menu online because I have no idea what each word means. My favorites of the combos were the lentils, collard greens with potatoes, and both beef dishes. Each item was flavorful and the meats were all perfectly cooked. We ate it all, we were full, and we paid ~$15 per person including the cost of a drink- not bad at all!

Our waitress was meh.. She did what she had to but we felt like we waited for her to come to our table each time.

Queen of Sheba is open for lunch every day 11:30 am-2:30 pm and dinner Monday-Thursday 5-10pm, Friday-Saturday 5-10:30 pm, and Sunday 5-9 pm. Check out their lunch and dinner menus on their website.

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