Eating at the newly reopened Queen Makeda is what Chowhounding is all about. Here is a place that started out as a complete hole-in-the-wall that many folks would not dare venture into, serving home cooking from the mother in the family that does it for pure love. After being closed for at least a year now, it has been transformed into this beautiful butterfly which, in its own way, is more breathtaking than what a restarunat designer and a ton of cash could produce. If any on you saw it before, you will not believe your eyes.
And I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the same woman in the kitchen, the same family, as the old place.
The food used to be delicious, and is almost certainly better now. Unlike before when you could not count on what she had in the kitchen, and you could not even see what you were eating, the food here is both gorgoeus and amazing. I've eaten here twice the past week, and everything is far beyond what you can get at any other Ethiopian restaurant in the city, except for Etete.
Tibs Wat, Gored-Gored, Yebeg Alicha, Shiro are all items to look out for. Service can be like at other Ethiopian restaurants, on a platter, but the default here is giving each person their own mini-platter and they bring out the bowls of food for you to apportion.
My first visit to Queen Makeda:
1917 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001