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Any good Morrocan restos?

Spike Jun 20, 2006 11:27 PM

Looking for the whole 7-course, belly dancer, wandering musicians-type experience. Or if the food is simply amazing, I could forego the extras. L.A. has a place called Dah Mahgreb that I love.

Checked the boards and found Marrakesh, which had a less-than-enthuasiastic post back in 2003.

Any other options or is Marrakesh the way to go?

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    anni Jun 21, 2006 09:27 AM

    It's been a number of years, but a small group of us really enjoyed Casablanca in Old Town, Alexandria.

    Link: http://www.moroccanrestaurant.com/abo...

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      foodgeek Jun 21, 2006 01:00 PM

      I like Couscous Cafe, but it is Algerian. The food is really similar though. I like the bastilla and the couscous, among other things. It is closed weekends, and is mostly a lunch shop, but is open until maybe 8pm during the week. I'll link a review I wrote about it for DCFUD.

      Link: http://dcfud.smorgasblog.com/archives/002651.html#comments

      Image: http://jasonsfood.blogspot.com/

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        Buffet King Jun 22, 2006 07:41 PM

        Hey, I went to Casablanca a couple of months ago, and it was a great experience. The belly dancers were entertaining, and the food was finger-licking good. The website is very informative, and I would go again. One of the highlights of the menu was the delightful chicken bastilla.

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          Ann Jun 24, 2006 03:47 PM

          The bastilla is absolutely delicious. I plan on giving it a try in my own kitchen.


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        Loose On the Lead Jun 21, 2006 09:52 AM

        I like Dar Maghreb, too.

        I haven't been to that kind of Moroccan restaurant in D.C., primarily because, for the most part, such places around here get no better than mixed reviews. However, I did just have a very nice meal at Pyramid. You don't get the belly-dancing and all that, but you get well-prepared food at a fraction of the usual cost for Moroccan fare. My dining companion and I spent $35 total, and we were stuffed. She lived in Morocco for a couple of years, and for whatever it's worth, she enjoyed the food very much.

        I'm not finding the address at the moment, but it's at Floriday and 6th NW. I might think twice about going there after dark.

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        1. re: Loose On the Lead
          Spike Jun 21, 2006 08:43 PM

          Sounds great. If she lived there for 2 years, she's probably a good judge. But even still, it all comes down to the personal palette.

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            Loose On the Lead Jun 22, 2006 09:40 AM

            You're right. Good food is good food. I'll take good Americanized over bad authentic every time.

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          Steve Jun 21, 2006 01:09 PM

          Mnay other folks on this board hate Marrakesh. Just don't get the wine and you'll be fine. For the most part, the food is very good. On my last visit, the only sin was the carrot salad was served icebox cold. Other than that, I've had really good dishes of rabbit and chicken that were simple, elegant, and flavorful. Nowadays, this place is a bargain.

          And you can always post about your experience here.

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            Spike Jun 21, 2006 08:47 PM

            I may just have to do that to get my take. You guys sure are making it hard. I'm looking for consensus! :)

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            DerekB Jun 21, 2006 05:21 PM

            I'm surprised no one has mentioned Taste of Morocco in Arlington. I've been there three times and it's been consistently good. Much cheaper than Marrakesh, too.

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              Spike Jun 21, 2006 08:48 PM

              Ah, the list grows. I have to start somewhere. The choices! The choice! Thanks.

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                Foodgeek Jun 22, 2006 02:26 PM

                A lot of people -including myself- don't like Taste of Morocco. I heard a rumor that it has been better lately, but after several bad meals, I'm not curious enough to try again. Tyler Cowen likes the place, if that helps.

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                  Spike Jun 22, 2006 08:54 PM

                  What's the best overall experience and nicest? Not really looking for a hole-in-the-wall this time, though next I'll try some of the others.

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                    foodgeek Jun 22, 2006 10:44 PM

                    For the experience? Marrakesh.

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              Spike Jun 21, 2006 08:49 PM

              Guess I'll now have to take these recs and go see what Sietsma (or is that a curse word around here?) says.

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                Foodgeek Jun 22, 2006 02:24 PM

                Sietsema Wrote a good review of Coscous Cafe:


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                DC in DC Jun 23, 2006 09:21 AM

                I heartily recommend Taste of Morocco. It's not as fancy as Marrakesh but is still lushly (over)decorated and has the roaming dancer. Most importantly: the food is much better than Marrakesh's, in my view (the restaurant - not the city!).

                1. Dennis S Jun 24, 2006 06:03 PM

                  La Kasbah in Reston (Lake Anne) is Moroccan and under the new management has held up over three visits in two weeks nicely at lunch time for me. I'm no expert, though. They do have tagines, kebabs, chawarma, and a mesquise sandwich among other things.

                  It's a great place for some outdoor dining, and does have hookahs, but no shows or anything. For the show, Marrakesh is the place, and while the food is good, the show and ambiance upstage the food. Go there for the show for someone's b-day or something, and go elsewhere for food.

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