Eating on the Cheap: build-your-own Eritrean combo at Queen Sheba

Mix and match scoops for the best experience.

When it comes to eating a variety of food for a reasonable price, you don’t need a buffet. Try Eritrean cuisine.

Like the cuisine from Eritrea’s neighbor Ethiopia, Eritrean cuisine prominently features injera, a spongy crepe-like sourdough-risen flatbread. Use your hands to tear the injera into taco-size pieces to scoop up the stews.

At Queen Sheba Eritrean Cuisine, build your own combo with a $1 injera platter and $1.95 scoops of the following dishes:

Build-Your-Own-Combo Scoop Options
  • Beef – cubed beef, spicy tomato sauce, red berbere, onion, garlic, butter, olive oil
  • Spicy Beef
  • Lamb – lamb, red berbere, onion, tomato sauce, butter, olive oil, butter, garlic
  • Boneless Chicken – chicken, spicy tomato sauce, berbere, onion, garlic, butter, olive oil
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach – spinach, onion, tomato sauce, jalapeño, olive oil
  • Shero – mild chickpea flour, onions, fresh tomato, red pepper, olive oil, green & red peppers, garlic
  • Alicha – yellow split pea, onion, fresh tomato, green pepper, garlic, olive oil

For the best variety of textures, choose one meat with three of the veggie options.

During lunch, the menu also features a handful of affordable rice dishes, salads, and Eritrean spaghetti.

Combination of dishes from Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Combination of dishes from Queen Sheba (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Queen Sheba is located at 5553 E. Grant Rd. For more information, visit

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