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Best Ethiopian Restaurant Miami 2008 - Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

Sheba Ethiopian Restaurant

4029 N. Miami Ave.

Miami, FL 33137


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At the crossroads of Asia and Africa, Ethiopia took the best of what the old spice routes from the East had to offer and applied it to the local foodstuffs. The result was a hearty array of meats, legumes, and vegetables suffused with complex but delicate flavorings. And the unique injera bread doubles as a utensil, making dinner as fun as it is tasty. Sheba is a little more upscale than the average Ethiopian restaurant you might find in Washington, D.C. or Los Angeles, but it isn't a typical Ethiopian place, either. Several of its more "exotic" dishes work the flavors of the Mediterranean and West Africa into the mix, giving the restaurant a more extensive and interesting menu. The best introduction to the cuisine is one of the sampler platters for two ($46 to $56) or the doro wat ($21), the national dish of Ethiopia. Vegetarians have a number of delicious options that cost between $12 and $16. Meat platters are a little pricier ($20 to $25). Sheba is also more than just a restaurant: An adjoining gallery fits very well into the Design District's art appeal.

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Way overpriced compared to Ethiopian restaurants in DC, LA, Oakland/Berkeley/SF and other cities, including the nicer upscale Ethiopian restaurants there. And not entirely authentic-tasting either (owners are not Ethiopian, not sure about the cooks). There's no reason for dishes to be priced from $15-50 for Ethiopian food, which is fairly cheap to make.

Kafa Cafe actually has better Ethiopian food, but sadly there's very little demand for it in this city.


My mother always says that I am her favorite son, because I am the only son. It is easy to be the best when you are the only one. The food is good, but it is a bit pricey compared to Ethiopian restaurants in other cities.