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Interesting dinner at Queen Makeda

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Interesting dinner at Queen Makeda

ck | Jul 21, 2005 02:39 PM

Based on the sage advice of Steve, my dinner companions and I stopped at Queen Makeda last night prior to catching Teenage Fanclub at the 9:30. His description of the atmosphere as “third world” really is quite accurate. We walked into an unlit room, which didn’t matter much…until it got dark outside, with a few tables covered by dirty tablecloths. The only other person in the room was an Ethiopian guy who appeared to be having a bad day. He seemed somewhat angry and maybe just a little intoxicated…not that there’s anything wrong with that. A woman came out and directed us to sit down, got us beers (I was surprised they served alcohol and had been prepared to run down the street for beer) and put a tape of Ethiopian music into the cassette deck. We settled in and asked what was good. She told us chicken and greens. Ok…but, are there any lentils? No, no lentils. Ok, that’s fine, just feed us. She goes away and after a time, a long time, actually, heavenly smells begin to waft out of the kitchen. In the meantime, we drink our beers, get surrounded by swarms of aggressive fruit flies and watch Angry Man, who occasionally looks our way and says “ridiculous,” which was the only word he would say in English the entire time we were there. The woman brings our food out and God bless her, she has made lentils. She spoons out the lentils, ground beef and chicken with hard boiled eggs onto the injera. A few minutes later she brings out tripe. Everything was really delicious (with the exception of the tripe—didn’t love that but I did love the carrots that came with it) and she seemed genuinely happy when we told her so. Full, intense, earthy flavors. Before we knew it, it was dark outside and the room became partially full of a group of Ethiopians having a spirited discussion at least and a fairly serious argument at most. We just sat there, in the dark, swatting fruit flies and trying to avoid eye contact with Angry Man (who continued to look in our direction and say “ridiculous”) while wolfing down our grub. Six beers and dinner for three were $42.00. We loved it and tipped well. A good experience.

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