like Ethiopian food (or if you’ve never tried it, you should) and you
happen to be in or around Portland check out Queen
of Sheba. I love Ethiopian food, and they make some of the best I’ve
had. I went a couple of weeks ago, and it was fabulous. Vikki and I
had the vegetarian sampler, and everything was just right. Spicy but not
too hot, very flavorful, and everything was a little bit different.
Definitely a place where vegetarians won’t feel denied. It’s
gotten me all in the mood to make Ethiopian food at home, which I haven’t
done in ages, but I just haven’t had the time to do all the prep work
want to try it at home yourself, I’d recommend checking out Exotic
Ethipian Cooking by Daniel Mesfin if you can find a copy, Amazon seems
to suggest it’s out of print. My other favorite source for
Ethiopian recipes is the rather unlikely source, Jeff Smith’s The
Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors. Check out your favorite
used book store for copies of either. Powell’s
might be a good bet.
the best Ethiopian food experience I ever had was in Washington DC.
Unfortunately I don’t remember the name of the restaurant. There’s
one block in DC that has no less than three Ethiopian restaurants, two across
the street from one another. I’ve been to two of them on various
trips. The last time was with Scott
Hanselman and Joe Tillotson when we did the Gear.com roadshow. Scott
ordered in Amharic (yes, it was impressive) so I’m not sure what I ate,
but it was fabulous. It’s a three story restaurant on what I
vaguely remember to be the west side of the street, but I could be wrong about
that. I’ll see if I can come up with a name at some point.