Any casual, cheap Parisian-style couscous places in LA area?
Just back from France, and one of our most delicious meals was at a hole-in-the-wall North African place, where we had fabulous, inexpensive couscous and tajine dishes. In price, personality and character, it reminded me of any number of great Mexican neighborhood places in East LA or San Fernando. The only places in the US where we have ever found couscous and tajine dishes have been upscale and elaborate, and expensive. Has anyone found a couscous restaurant in the LA or SF area that is similar in price and character to the multitude of these places in France?
Recommend Simon's Cafe in Sherman Oaks (on Sepulveda Blvd., south of Ventura). Very casual cafe style, personal service from Simon himself, similar to the feel of Algerian places in Paris. Note that the delicious tagines & couscous dishes are large and can easily be shared by 2 people w/ maybe the addition of a shared appetizer and/or salad.
On the other hand, Cafe Livre opened in Culver City. The chef is Algerian but is from Lyon... may be a good bet.
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