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Dear Eater Dallas,
Where can I find authentic Moroccan couscous in Dallas? Used to be a restaurant on Lovers called Marrakesh (where Neighborhood Services is now) a few years back, but it’s been long gone. Any recommendation is ‘preciated.
Dear Couscous Hunter,
This is a surprisingly tough item to find! Many Mediterranean favorites have replaced couscous with fattoush and tabbouleh on their menus, reflecting the gluten-free times we live in. And although there are a plethora of great Mediterranean spots in DFW that I’d love to recommend, most of them do not serve the dish you’re in search of.
Nova in Oak Cliff has a Moroccan half chicken served with pistachio couscous that is a delight – and sitting at the bar there to eat is one of my favorite places in the city to be. Medina Oven & Bar in Vickery Park serves a nice shrimp couscous that uses a lot of the ingredients you’d expect in a traditional Moroccan version of the dish, including golden raisins, pine nuts, and cucumber. In Far North Dallas, Selda Mediterranean Kitchen & Bar’s vegetarian couscous with goat cheese, tomato, and cauliflower sounds inventive.
If you can’t find what you want in a restaurant, you might try the new Darna Mediterranean Market in Plano’s Legacy West. There are dine-in options as well as shopping — you’re going to find all the ingredients you’d like to make your own Moroccan couscous here.