A Delicious and Intimate Dining Experience
Featuring a variety of dishes with beef, lamb and organic chicken as well as vegetarian fare. All vegetarian dishes are also vegan.
NOTE: Interested in gluten-free Injera? Please allow 15-minute preparation time or call 15 minutes ahead of your reservation and we will gladly provide delicious, gluten-free injera with your meal. Call today: (919)932-4986 or (919)619-7964.
Dining in Ethiopia is characterized by the ritual of breaking injera and eating from the same plate, signifying the bonds of loyalty and friendship. The quintessence of those bonds is often demonstrated in the form of gursha – that is, the placing of food in the mouth of another diner from one’s own hand.
Injera, the traditional bread made of teff, is an iron and calcium-rich grain grown in Ethiopia. This means you and your dining companions enjoy a tasty protein rich food with injera. When you dine at Sheba's, you and your friends and family will receive your meal on a platter with injera which is a large crepe-like flat bread upon which the various stew-like dishes are served. The traditional way of eating is with ones fingers, which is in itself a delicate art. In this manner, a bite-sized piece of injera is broken off to pick up a mouthful of the chosen dish. For diners who prefer not to follow the Ethiopian tradition of eating with one's hands, Sheba's gladly offers knives and forks upon request.
Queen of Sheba's dishes are characterized by the variety of spices used to give them their exotic taste. Watt, which is a stew-like dish, comes in a variety of forms – beef, lamb, chicken, and vegetables. These range from hotly spiced (with berbere, a typical Ethiopian red pepper) to very mild. The more delicately seasoned watts are called “alicha,” which contain no berbere. Fitfit or Sifinfin, another exotic staple, is a combination dish prepared with broken bits of injera. Tibbs is pan-fried meat, fish, shrimp, lamb, or vegetables. Nitter kebbeh, a specially prepared butter, is the key ingredient used for meat dishes to give them their unique flavor.
Many new comers to Ethiopian food expect it to be extra hot and spicy. With the exception of Yemesa Red Gett, the dishes served are delightfully fragrant with spices that are neither hot nor spicy. You, your family and friends will enjoy these flavors and the comfortable friendly atmoshpere that makes Sheba's a great place for all kinds of gatherings from a quiet, romantic first date to a gathering for a Girl's Night Out to a place to bring your kids for a nutritious and delicious meal. Remember kids under eight years of age eat free at Sheba's.
Vegetarian dishes are also a staple of our cuisine, especially during lent, a period of fifty-five days before Easter. Ethiopian Orthodox Christians are prohibited from eating all meat and meat by-products such as milk, cheese, and butter during this time. Yet the variety of watts and other dishes made with lentils, peas, flax, and other vegetables are just as wonderful and tasty as those containing meats.
Plan to create your own rituals with the special food offered at Queen of Sheba's restaurant in Chapel Hill. The food and proprietor, Friesh, will delight you every time!
We appreciate your business and love our customers. 20% gratuity applies to groups of 6 or more.