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Old 08-18-2010, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Last night, we had a marvelous meal at Morocco Restaurant on Tamiami near Stickney Point: Morocco Restaurant

I have eaten many cuisines, but had never gotten around to Moroccan, for some reason. While it was apparent that we like the cuisine a lot, it is also apparent that this restaurant in particular is excellent.

The restaurant itself is typical Sarasota: from the outside, you just couldn't know what a beautiful and spotless dining room it is. Really nice in every way. There is an elegant bar and a great selection of wines.

Our server, Ken, was excellent. We told him we were not familiar with Moroccan food, and he walked us through it very adeptly, and actually seemed to enjoy doing so.

The food has some things in common with other Middle Eastern fare, but is definitely unique in many ways. Yes, there is eggplant and the taste of cumin, but there are surprises.

One of our appetizers, Bisteeya, was a real revelation. Chicken, eggs, onions, crushed almonds and orange blossom water baked in phyllo dough...oh my. Think samosa, only way better.

We had an entree called a tagine, which is a braised stew made in a heavy clay pot. Ours was made with chicken breast, dried apricots, figs, carrots, carmelized onions and mushrooms, and a semi-sweet sauce. It was totally unique and absolutely delicious. It came with salad, and was easily big enough to share (in fact, we only had two appetizers and one entree, and didn't even finish that much. Ken was very helpful on this front).

We also saw a lamb coucous dish go by our table that looked fantastic.

Also, I had an excellent bottle of wine for only $25. Not "excellent for $25," just excellent.

If you're looking to try something new and really not all that expensive, this place is worth checking out. They open at 4, which is great for folks who like an early dinner, like us.

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Old 08-18-2010, 08:21 AM
 
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Oooooh.... drool.... that menu looks very tempting. We will definitely try them out!

Jason
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Punta Gorda and Maryland
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Rushmore, the best Moroccan restaurant ever is called Marakesh, and it is on New York Avenue in Washington DC. You walk through a little door on a non descript building, but when you walk in it is like you walked back in time 2000 + years. You sit on couches, with tapestrys all around you, and before you start, they bring out a tea pot like thing and an urn for you to wash your hands. Most of the meals you eat with your fingers, they don't use utensils. And they have belly dancers that entertain you after the main course. They serve a several course meal, and end with a sweet mint tea. It is one of my favorite places.

Thanks for letting me know where a Moroccan restaurant is down there - I will surely give it a try.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Rushmore, the best Moroccan restaurant ever is called Marakesh, and it is on New York Avenue in Washington DC. You walk through a little door on a non descript building, but when you walk in it is like you walked back in time 2000 + years. You sit on couches, with tapestrys all around you, and before you start, they bring out a tea pot like thing and an urn for you to wash your hands. Most of the meals you eat with your fingers, they don't use utensils. And they have belly dancers that entertain you after the main course. They serve a several course meal, and end with a sweet mint tea. It is one of my favorite places.

Thanks for letting me know where a Moroccan restaurant is down there - I will surely give it a try.
Well, Morocco Restaurant won't have all that much ambience, but I do see that they have dancers sometimes.

Regardless, it was a damned fine meal. I just ate the leftovers for lunch. It was just delicious. Who would have thought that figs and dates and prunes with mushrooms and onions could make such a sublime sauce? Awesome.
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Old 08-18-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Who would have thought that figs and dates and prunes with mushrooms and onions could make such a sublime sauce? Awesome.
OOhh!! Oooh!! (arnold horshack style) ooh! The Greek chick from NY did!!

the place sounds great. i will try it too. i like anything middle eastern, mediterrenean, egyptian, etc
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Old 08-18-2010, 04:44 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Ooh! Sounds amazing! I love it and I can't wait to try it! Delish those tagines are!
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:20 PM
 
Location: Sarasota
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Just looked at the menu...great website! I may have to try one of the couscous dishes...well, all of them eventually...
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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Thanks for posting, we are new here and love to hear about great places around town. We had a fantastic experience at The Soda Fountain in Venice the other night. Food was fantastic, service was great (we loved Brandon), and the old fashioned sodas, shakes, sundaes were to die for. YUMMMY!
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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We've found LOTS of really good restaurants in Sarasota, but we often follow up the meal with a trip for dessert - to KILWIN'S Ice Cream on St. Armand's Circle. They are also located in Venice.
There's a line even in summer, but it's worth the wait!
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:38 AM
 
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We've found LOTS of really good restaurants in Sarasota, but we often follow up the meal with a trip for dessert - to KILWIN'S Ice Cream on St. Armand's Circle. They are also located in Venice.
There's a line even in summer, but it's worth the wait!
You got that right - I have eaten at all the "premium" ice cream places over the years and have never found ANY I love more than Kilwin's! It totally rocks!
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