Although foods from the Middle East and Asia have been popular for years, African cuisine is just starting to make a name for itself in the world of foodies and fast-food lovers alike. Ethiopian cuisine bridges the gap between basic and gourmet.
Expect vibrant colors and rich spices in hearty vegetable and meat stews called wat. The foundation of Ethiopian meals revolve around injera, a flatbread diners use like a spoon or scoop to savor every bite of this delicious cuisine.Sacramento’s population will soon become more familiar with these robust dishes, but until the mainstream restaurant industry takes hold, take a taste of these awesome area originals.
Queen Sheba is located in the downtown area near the corner of Broadway and 17th, nestled among several other popular ethnic neighborhood eateries. Owned by siblings Eskinder and Zion Taddese, Queen Sheba has brought Sacramento residents quality Ethiopian food since 2003.
Ethiopian meals are consumed communally: Food is shared on a single plate as diners use the injera bread to scoop up food. Injera is a spongy flatbread that has a bit of sourness in its taste and works well to gather the food and absorb its spices and flavors. Under the food on the plate lies another piece of injera often considered the lining or the tablecloth. Once it has been finished, diners know the meal is over. Queen Sheba sticks true to traditions found in Ethiopian dining, serving food in the communal manner, with patrons finishing their meals by eating the injera found under the dish.
Enjoy a glass of honey wine, an Ethiopian specialty often made at home. Its taste is designed to complement the strong use of spices in the country’s dishes.
Originally posted online at http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2012/02/29/best-ethiopian-cuisine-in-sacramento.