Thanks to a love of tradition, a dedication to authenticity and a sense of hospitality that'd put Martha Stewart to shame, Queen of Sheba reigns supreme in ATL as an Ethiopian eatery that truly feels like home.For the past 16 years, this tucked-away restaurant has remained Atlanta's crown jewel of traditional, authentic Ethiopian dining. Sure, Atlanta — especially this particular neck of the woods — is blessed with a bevy of Ethiopian restaurants. But how might you know which ones are the genuine article? Perhaps you're dining not on a regular table, but a woven mosob. Maybe you happen to overhear the kitchen staff speaking not English, but Amharic. Or perchance you find yourself shooting the breeze with the restaurant's owner over a glass of his homemade honey wine. Thanks to a love of tradition, a dedication to authenticity and a sense of hospitality that'd put Martha Stewart to shame, Queen of Sheba reigns supreme in ATL as an Ethiopian eatery that truly feels like home… whether "home" is Amhara or ATL.
For owner Nebyou, tradition and authenticity go hand-in-hand—especially in the kitchen. Nearly each and every ingredient on their menu, from the traditional ayib cheese to that dangerously tasty tej honey wine, is made from scratch right there on the premises. Of course, a homestyle meal this traditional deserves to be eaten in the traditional manner. In other words: step away from the fork. That spongy, soft injera bread (also homemade) is your fork, napkin and spoon, and makes for a delicious way to sop up all the juices left behind on a plate of doro wat. One last helpful hint for getting the most out of this African gem: after plowing through an ample, colorful veggie platter (pictured above), try not to slip into a food coma. Instead, order the restaurant's traditional Ethiopian coffee service, wherein the beans are roasted, ground, brewed and poured right at your table in a ceremonial (and centuries-old) ritual. See what we mean about the "feels just like home" thing? You'll be chatting in Amharic and swapping kitfo recipes with the kitchen in no time flat.
Sheba's Kitfo, $11.95
Awaze Tibs, $10.95
Doro Wot, $12.95
Assa Tibs, $13.50
Tej, $5 (glass) — $18 (bottle)
Sunday — Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Thursday — Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.