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Best Couscous in Bay Area?

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annalou Mar 22, 2008 10:06 AM

Hi, I'm in search of the best couscous in the bay area. Having fond memories of taste infused vegetables over fluffy mounds of couscous when I was a student in Paris, I'm longing to find same in the bay area. Any places you know of around here? (I live in Mill Valley, but will travel for good couscous!)

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    Doodleboomer Mar 22, 2008 06:25 PM

    Aziza, at Geary at 22nd avenue in the Richmond District. Great, authentic Moroccan couscous...not French, though!

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      Carrie 218 Mar 22, 2008 07:48 PM

      Second Aziza -- I know for a fact that the chef hand rolls the couscous for optimum fluffiness.

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        annalou Mar 22, 2008 11:19 PM

        Thanks for the tips everyone!

    2. Xiao Yang Mar 22, 2008 08:12 PM

      Chances are you may be remembering Algerian Couscous, not Moroccan Couscous. According to Paula Wolfert (in an old posting on another message board), "Most Americans taste their first couscous in Paris where Algerian couscous is King. It is fiery, merguez laden and wonderful."

      There was a recent query about Algerian food in the Bay Area, which all but hit a brick wall trying to find any.

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/488911

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        annalou Mar 22, 2008 11:18 PM

        That sounds right about Algerian couscous although I had not thought about it. I was so in the mood for couscous, I did try Tajine today on Polk. It was great, and I'll have to try Aziza too. I followed the link to Algerian food, too bad there aren't in options in the bay area.

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          mdg Mar 23, 2008 05:46 PM

          If you find yourself in Silicon Valley and needing couscous, Zitune is a wonderful Cal-Moroccan in downtown Los Altos. I'm no couscous expert, but I have loved it in several dishes there - particularly the couscous-stuffed squab!

          Michael

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          Restaurant Zitune
          325 Main St, Los Altos, CA 94022

      2. wolfe Mar 23, 2008 06:33 PM

        Berkeley possibility.
        http://www.zatarrestaurant.com/
        Winter Vegetable Tagine
        Parsnips, Baby Carrots, Chick Peas, Leeks, Winter Squashes & Lacinato Kale
        slow cooked in a Clay Pot with Moroccan Spices;
        Served over Couscous

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