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Any good Morrocan restos?

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  • 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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  1. 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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    1. re: anni

      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...

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

      1. re: anni

        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.

        1. re: Buffet King

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

          anni

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        Loose On the Lead

        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

          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.

          1. re: Spike
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            Loose On the Lead

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

        2. 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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          1. re: Steve

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

          2. 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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            1. re: DerekB

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

              1. re: Spike

                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.

                1. re: Foodgeek

                  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.

                  1. re: Spike

                    For the experience? Marrakesh.

            2. 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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              1. re: Spike

                Sietsema Wrote a good review of Coscous Cafe:

                http://www.couscouscatering.com/Revie...

              2. 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. 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.