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Subject: Moroccan restaurants in Dallas, Tx
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Restaurants and City Guides
Asked by: severisth-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 27 Jul 2004 15:51 PDT
Expires: 26 Aug 2004 15:51 PDT
Question ID: 379939
What restaurants serve Moroccan cuisine in the DFW metroplex?  
(FYI, Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant is no longer business)

Request for Question Clarification by digsalot-ga on 27 Jul 2004 16:54 PDT
Would North African cuisine in general be acceptable, say from Algeria
and Tunisia as well?  I have noticed combined establishmenets such as
Algerian/Moroccan and some under the general "Mideastern" heading.

I wouldn't include Libyan or Egyptian as there is a definite
difference in preparation.

Subject: Re: Moroccan restaurants in Dallas, Tx
Answered By: digsalot-ga on 27 Jul 2004 17:20 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello there

Here is what I found online in the Dallas metro area.

I have never eaten at these establishments so please don't take
anything as being a recommendation.

Avanti Euro Bistro  - 5001 Addison Circle - Addison, Tx 75248 - (972)
386-7800 - - French/Moroccan

Falafel Restaurant and Grill - 580 West Arapaho @ Hampshire - 
Richardson , Tx - (972-479-9838).   - - Advertises Middle Eastern and

And that seems to be about it.

If you want other North African style restaurants as a supplement,
just ask, and I will provide them as a clarification.

Search - google
Terms - Moroccan restaurants metro dallas

Happy eating

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 27 Jul 2004 17:52 PDT
Here is another I stumbled across.  Their own ad reads: "Suze February 2002
4345 W. Northwest Hwy (Loop 12) (214-350-6135). Since chef Gilbert
Garza has been in charge of this intimate New American spot, he has
scaled creative heights. The Moroccan Delights appetizer sampler (with
hummus, cinnamony falafel, and artichoke dip) beats Middle Eastern
restaurants at their own game."

Now whether that would translate to having Moroccan main dishes as
well is not mentioned.


Request for Answer Clarification by severisth-ga on 27 Jul 2004 19:36 PDT
The other North African styles would be fine!  If you can find me a
handful, feel free to post them as the actual answer.

Thanks digsalot!

Request for Answer Clarification by severisth-ga on 27 Jul 2004 19:37 PDT
Whoops, just noticed this was the answer, not a comment!

If you ran across other north African places, please post them; if
not, these three will do.  Thanks again.

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 28 Jul 2004 01:47 PDT
Great - I'm glad you allowed me to expand the search.  Dallas does
have a good selection of "Middle Eastern" and Mideast "influenced"
restaurants.  They seem to use the term in a rather 'generic' fashion
so North African influences may well be there.

I'm having to restrain my fingers from the key board or I will be
trying to send you to Persian restaurants as well (my favorites).

Let's begin with the Ararat - 2934 Main St. - Dallas, Tx - 75226 - 214
744 1555 - Their ad reads: - "Deep Ellum's only Middle Eastern
restaurant caters to those who wish to try something new and
delicious! Colorful artwork, plants and handsome carpentry create a
pleasant and somewhat casual ambience. Vegetarian offerings, as well
as lamb, beef, fish and chicken are all cooked to perfection. Regulars
choose the mezze platter, which includes hummus, ganouj, cool
tabouleh, kasha, and a grape-leaf-wrapped dolma, among other treats.
Both wine and beer are served."

Next we have Sinbad's Palace - 9220 Skillman - Dallas, Tx - 75243 -
214 343 3300 - Their ad reads: - "This is a long-time favorite dining
spot for Middle Eastern food in the Dallas area. The building has an
onion-shaped dome and inside has the feel of Disney's "It's a Small
World," complete with a flying carpet suspended from the ceiling. A
more unusual starter choice is borani, a mixture of yogurt, herbs and
steamed spinach. For a main course try a Chicken Kebab or
Baghalee-Polo, a dish with your choice of lamb shanks or chicken with
an onion dipping sauce. Another good choice is the Gryo sandwich, a
mixture of shredded lamb tossed with lettuce and tomatoes served in
several layers of thin, fragrant bread. Desserts include Baklava and
Cream Puffs."

Here is the Sahara - 5441 Alpha Road, Dallas, Tx - 73240 - 972 788
1898 - ( woops - the name has the right geographical location "Sahara"
- but it looks like I sneaked a Persian restaurant into the list
afterall. - I won't delete it for the simple reason, you may find you
like it anyway.) - Their ad reads: "You a unique culinary experience,
try the friendly atmosphere and home-style Iranian cooking at Sahara.
This restaurant offers a casual atmosphere and is a favorite of
locals. Specialties include the Lamb Shanks and the Cornish Hen
Kebabs. There is also a daily lunch buffet here perfect for business
people with limited time for lunch."

Now for Shishkabobs - 1498 West Spring Valley Road - Richardson Tx -
75080 - 972 680 8989 - This one is a puzzle.  They advertise Iranian
decor but the menu sounds pretty basic Mideastern from the way their
ad reads.  Their ad reads: "Good, Middle Eastern-style food in a
casual environment marks the dining experience at Shishkabobs. The
restaurant is decorated with Persian wall hangings. It's not a fancy
place-in fact, you order from a wall menu at the counter but the food
is brought to your table. The lunch buffet is very popular, offering a
variety of foods. Dinner entries include various kabobs (lamb, beef
and Cornish hen). On the weekends, stewed lamb shanks are available."
- - The stewed lamb shanks does have a Persian note to it.

This one does mention "North African" as part of its advertising but
it also seems to be another 'cross-over' or blended cuisine type of
establishment which is rapidly becoming part of American restaurant
life.  It is the The Mercury - 11909 Preston Road, Suite 1418 Dallas,
Tx 75230 - 972 960 7774  Their ad reads: "Middle Eastern & North
African - Chef Chris Ward offers an Asian-influenced menu and a hip
atmosphere at The Mercury. The decor reveals contemporary, Middle
Eastern and Asian influences in design. Business dinners as well as
romantic meals are de rigueur. By mixing continental, Middle Eastern
and Asian influences, The Mercury offers some impressive flavor and
texture blends. Specialties include savory pork chops with creamy
rosemary risotto, tabouli of tuna tartare with chickpea hummus and
warm rosemary aioli, roasted salmon with asparagus ham hock risotto,
and mustardy shrimp bolognese. The well-selected wine list is
reasonably priced, an ideal complement to your meal."

Something I should mention as a side note:  If you are looking for
restaurants which are Islamic Halal, I can't promise any of these will
fit the bill.  Some offer alcohol and the last one even has pork on
the menu.

Expect me to pop in and out of here with new additions.  Middle
Eastern food is one of my weaknesses (my major weakness) and I have
the weight to prove it.  If I had my way, I would verbally drag you on
a culinary trip from Afghanistan to Morocco and from Turkey to the

When I am on the road (now a retired Egyptologist) I have spent many
happy days munching my way from one end of Cairo or Damascus to the
other and enjoying many home cooked meals during a year in Iran.

Perhaps we can turn this question into a Mideastern culinary guide for
North Texas. (I have relatives in Denton - that way I will also know
where to go for a fine meal when I visit them).

More later

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 28 Jul 2004 01:57 PDT
Oh, now I can't keep away from this.  You have my gastric juices all
up in arms.  Since I have a great uncle in Denton (retired math prof
from North Texas State) I'm going to call him later this AM (only 4:45
in the morning now) and find out if he or any of his friends have any


Request for Answer Clarification by severisth-ga on 28 Jul 2004 07:42 PDT
This IS beginning to look like a good Mideastern culinary guide!  I'll
even be able to visit them and get you some feedback too.  I'll
probably visit the first one this Saturday, 7/30/04.  I'll let you
know how it is!  (and sneak some photos too)

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 28 Jul 2004 08:32 PDT
Just a post to pull the need clarification flag down.  I'll look
forward to the report.

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 29 Jul 2004 15:35 PDT
Well, here is a recommendation from unc and some of his North Texas
State cronies. - the Ali Babba Cafe (nothing like originality)

It is at 1905 Greenville Ave - At Alta  - 214 823 8235 

He suggests you call.  They are open limited hours and there is often
a line.  Hours are Tues-Sat 11:30am-1:45pm and 5:30-8:45pm.  They are
also inexpensive but still good food and a wide variety menu.

I also understand it is a "downtown" location and gets quite a bit of
regular business trade.


Request for Answer Clarification by severisth-ga on 02 Aug 2004 11:31 PDT
Well, we tried to go to Sinbad's Palace, but it turns out they are out
of business.  Perhaps we'll try Ali Babba Cafe next!

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 02 Aug 2004 12:04 PDT
Ok, let me know.  Do you like Greek or Turkish?


Request for Answer Clarification by severisth-ga on 02 Aug 2004 21:05 PDT
Hey Digs,
Absolutely love Greek so far.  I've eaten at the Veranda Greek Cafe
twice in the last few weeks, and had a falafel sandwich for lunch
today at a place called Deliman's Deli.  Delightful.

I haven't tried Turkish--but I'd love to!!  Where would I start?

Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 02 Aug 2004 21:09 PDT
Just posted this to pull down the 'clarification needed' flag.  Will
get to you with some Turkish restaurants tomorrow.



Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 03 Aug 2004 21:06 PDT
Found one so far.

Cafe Istanbul - 5450 W. Lovers Lane - 214 902 0919

While I am looking further, you may want to gander at this page.  I
didn't find it till today.  An excellent resource.  It lists 527
restaurants in Dallas alone and hundreds more in surrounding areas. 
You will find each restaurant's specialty listed beside the name. 
Phone numbers are given for all of them.  This answer seems to have
evolved from Morocco to the United Nations.

I just love questions like this.  Gained another 5 pounds because I
get hungry every time I come back to it.

Actually one of the best places for Mideastern food is in Toledo,
Ohio.  Just ask for our researcher Missy, and she even has home made
rose ice cream for dessert. ( I won't mention her dolmades (grape
leaves), it would cause a stampede)

Off to find more Moroccan/Algerian/Tunisian/Libyan/Egyptian/Persian
restaurants with maybe Greece and Cyprus thrown in.


Clarification of Answer by digsalot-ga on 03 Aug 2004 21:21 PDT
AHA! - This seems like a good "fusion cuisine" establishment.

Cafe Izmir 3711 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206, 214-826-7788,
Unique restaurant that has no set menu but offers fixed price meals
with your choice of a meat or vegetarian entree. All of the dishes are
prepared to bring together the best of Greek, Turkish, Lebanese,
Russian, and Persian cuisines and all of the meals beginning with
Hummas. They are open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner;
closed on Sundays.
severisth-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
It's taking me longer to get to the establishments than I had hoped,
so I'm going to go ahead and rate this answer.  Thanks so much for
your help digsalot!  I've really fallen in love with Greek, Thai, and
Indian food - all of which I had barely even heard of before this
summer.  Moroccan, Persian, and more to come!

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