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Support your local Arab restaraunt (Marrakesh)


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Support your local Arab restaraunt (Marrakesh)

kpfoley | Sep 16, 2001 11:39 AM

In the wake of the awful events on Tuesday, I have to say I felt a little guilty going out to dinner. But life does have to go on. I hope no one on this board knew anyone involved.

Anyway, we went to Marrakesh (561 Cambridge and 7th in Cambridge) for dinner Friday night. They serve great Moroccan "comfort food" (at least that's how it seems to me). It's the second time we've been there. Moroccan food seems to emphasize sweet/savory combinations, with many of the meat dishes (for example the tagine or stew) combining fruit (prunes, lemons, honey, raisins etc.). The chicken Bastilla, a phyloo-wrapped appetizer, is sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar (!). The couscous is delicious, with a buttery flavor. The honey-flavored tea after dinner is a delightful change. Ask to sit in the back, where you take off your shoes and sit on comfortable couches. Very attentive service.

Oddly, we were the only ones there at first, however 3 other couples had arrived by the time we left. Made me wonder how much their business is down?

They've put up a little American flag outside the front door. I would too, given the reports about attacks on Arab-Americans (and non-Arabs with just dark skin).

Why not show we put the blame for Tuesday where it belongs, and not on our fellow citizens by having dinner at an Arab restaurant this week? Marrakesh, or the nearby Helmand (Afghani) on 1st street are great places to start. There's also that tiny flalafal place on Prospect just off of Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.



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