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The Happiest Hour

Saba Ethiopian Cuisine

The Happiest Hour

Saba Ethiopian Cuisine
110 12th Ave, 328-2290

Description: A charming Ethiopian restaurant located in the Central District.

Saba namesake happenings: It's a popular woman's name in Ethiopia, it refers to the biblical superstar Queen of Sheba, and it's an ancient African kingdom. Less commonly, it's the seven grains of rice that Zen monks ceremonially offer to hungry ghosts.

About those hungry ghosts: These particular spirits have long, thin throats, which prevent them from filling their massive bellies. Thus, they are always starved and miserable.

Modern-day comparisons: Prader-Willi syndrome, the rare genetic disorder whose symptoms include a permanently unsated appetite. In an interview with the mother of a food-obsessed toddler, ABC News' Dan Childs describes a little girl who was rifling through trash, "eating everything, even raw meat... lick[ing] empty cups... eating butter... anything she could find." Be glad you don't have it.

Happy hours: Daily 5–9 pm, closed Wednesday.

Happy-hour drink specials: $3 pints (Heineken, Stella), $2 bottles (Corona, Beck's).

Happy-hour food specials: There are no official discounts during happy hour, but they aren't at all necessary. The regular menu is profoundly inexpensive: $10 buys a full beef tibs dinner, large enough for you and a friend. Other tibs meat options—lamb, chicken, and more—fall within the $11 to $13 range.

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Is this supposed to be a restaurant review? I still have no idea whether I do or don't want to eat at this place. Um, thanks.
Posted by shivvvers on July 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM · Report this
Ditto, Shivvers. I'm not sure if this is supposted to be a review either. However, from experience, I can say that Saba's food is great. Service, not so much.
Posted by floridian on July 19, 2010 at 2:33 PM · Report this
You didn't describe a single dish ... how does stuff like this get printed?
Posted by Amanda on July 20, 2010 at 1:01 AM · Report this
#1, it's a happy hour recommendation, not a restaurant review. The fact the place ends up in the column is basically a tacit recommendation. #2, it's Ethiopian food, what's to describe? Tibs, spiced veggies & lentils, a little salad, injera, sambusas, like most every other Ethiopian joint on the planet. #3, since since it's tacitly recommended and the foods exactly what you'd expect, why not riff on a few off-the-wall tidbits? You now know more about hungry ghosts and Prader-Willi Syndrome than you did before, right?
Posted by SLL on July 20, 2010 at 6:24 AM · Report this
Wow. I'm wondering how commenters 1, 2, and 3 managed to read the entire column when they couldn't even read the name of the column. Readers, please note: This column is called "The Happiest Hour". Try to use deductive reasoning to figure out what the column might be about.
Posted by yikes stripes on July 20, 2010 at 10:16 AM · Report this
@1,2,3 have a good point. Saba functions as both restaurant and bar -- it's open late; people hang out there and drink. But alcohol isn't really their specialty, and happy hour isn't really the point, so this is the wrong column in which to review it.

@4 says "it's Ethiopian most every other Ethiopian joint on the planet." IMHO, it's the best, brightest, freshest, most enthralling Ethiopian food in Seattle, and blows every other Ethiopian joint away!

The $15 veggie combo easily sates two stomachs and is spectacularly delicious! They'll serve their kitfo raw, which most places won't.

Had this piece bothered to review the food at all, the reader might know these things.

P.S. @1,2,3: Yes, you should eat there!
Posted by d.p. on July 20, 2010 at 1:26 PM · Report this
Marti 7
@1,2,3 & 6-- @4 pretty much called it. My job is to gather & report happy hour facts. If you are so traumatized after reading my column-- why not write and publish your own version in a blog (that no one will ever read).
Posted by Marti on July 20, 2010 at 6:21 PM · Report this

Easy there, douche bag.
Posted by Amanda on July 21, 2010 at 12:25 AM · Report this
Haha, making excuses for incompetence.
Posted by Shirakawasuna on July 21, 2010 at 8:49 AM · Report this
cyranothe2nd 10
Ate there a few months ago when visiting Seattle. YUMMY! The place isn't the freshest looking/trendiest but the food is excellent.
Posted by cyranothe2nd on July 22, 2010 at 3:42 PM · Report this

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