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Queen Sheba is a charming Ethiopian restaurant near the corner of Broadway and 17th street in downtown Sacramento. Queen Sheba is a neighbor to several other ethnic restaurants.

Ethiopian food is more communal than almost any other type of ethnic food. The hallmark of Ethiopian cuisine consists of sharing food on one giant plate and using injera-- a spongy, sour, pliable flat bread-- to scoop up the various shared dishes. Go To MenuEnjeera is a part of almost every meal for Ethiopia’s middle and upper classes. Prepared much as it was 1,000 years ago, enjeera is both an eating utensil and a surface for other foods to lie on. It lines the giant plate, soaking up the sauces and spices of the various dishes piled on top. The eating of this lining, or “tablecloth,” signifies that the meal is officially over, thus completing the communal Ethiopian dining experience.

Zion Taddese and her brother Eskinder opened Queen Sheba Restaurant on Howe Avenue in August of 2003, and moved to the current location on Broadway in December of 2005. Together, the siblings offer friendly and attentive service along with spicy, flavorful dishes that follow the traditions of Ethiopian dining. You can enjoy the famed honey wine, Tej, which Ethiopians often make themselves, with its unique taste that complements the spices in the food. Go To MenuCombination plates on the menu allow you to sample different dishes arranged symmetrically on a giant plate. One of these dishes is Gomen, which consists of cooked spinach, collard greens, onions and garlic. Gomen may remind you of collards in soul-food cooking. Then experience Misr Kik Wot (wot simply means “stew”), a satisfying dish made with lentils and spices. Other examples of traditional dishes include two similar-tasting choices, Doro Wot and Gored Gored. Doro Wot is a popular dish, with chicken leg and hard-boiled egg, served on a dark bed of simmered vegetables and spices. It has the color, consistency and heat of a fiery chili. Gored Gored consists of cubes of beef in a mixture similar to Doro Wot, spiced in Ethiopian fashion with berbere. Berbere, a mix of at least a dozen spices, including paprika, ginger, cardamom, hot chilis and turmeric, gives many Ethiopian foods their distinctive flavor.

Go To Menu Queen Sheba offers many delicious, traditional dishes for you to enjoy, including a number of Vegetarian and Vegan options. You'll end your dining experience by eating the large “tablecloth” Injera, which will have soaked up the sauces and spices of the various dishes. Finish up with some coffee; coffee drinking has a great significance in Ethiopia,Go To Menu ceremonial in nature. Beans are freshly roasted, ground, and brewed, and then served in tiny cups with sugar (but no milk). Drink three cups for a blessing! The flavors and customs of Ethiopian dining will provide you with the experience of food from the "cradle of civilization".

Who Was The Queen Of Sheba?

Throughout the ages, the legendary Queen of Sheba has evoked images of beauty, wealth and power. Few women in history have captured our imaginations so strikingly, yet cloaked themselves in such mystery. Her story has been woven into the folklore and traditions of both Eastern and Western cultures. Yet for all the exotic tales, romance novels, and colorful theories about her, she remains an enigma. Archaeologists have yet to learn the Queen of Sheba's proper name.


In Arab lore, this queen was named Bilqus or Balkis; in Ethiopia, Makeda (also Magda, Maqda and Makera), meaning 'Greatness'. Years later, the historian Josephus referred to her as Nikaulis, Queen of Ethiopia and Egypt.

We are most familiar with the Biblical record of her meeting with King Solomon of Israel (thought to have occurred around 950-930 B.C.). On hearing of his wisdom, it is said that the Queen made the journey north to Solomon's courts "to test him with hard questions." The conference proved a success, culminating in the two monarchs bestowing wealth and good favor on each other.

The meeting of King Solomon of Israel and the Queen of Sheba had significant repercussions upon the fate of the middle east.According to Arabic traditions, the Queen (known to Arabs as Bilqis) ruled with the heart of a woman and the head of a man, and worshipped the sun and the moon. The matriarchy of Sheba (believed to be early Ethiopia) has inspired writers, artists and readers for centuries.

The country Sheba or Saba, whose name means Host of Heaven and peace, was Abyssinia. Located in southwest Arabia on the eastern tip of the Red Sea, Sheba occupied 483,000 square miles of mountains, valley and deserts in the area of present day Yemen. Some historians claim that Ethiopia, on the western end of the Red Sea, was also part of Sheba's territory.

Despite the mystery that surrounds her, it is believed that Sheba earned respect from her people for her benevolent leadership and the wisdom she gained through her commitment to learning and spiritual development. She was also revered for her kindness to her people and her capacity to live by her philosophical and religious principles.

Queen Sheba Restaurant
1704 Broadway
Sacramento, CA 95818

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