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$25 for $50 Worth of Moroccan Cuisine and Drinks
As belly dancers twirl around them, guests can start with appetizers of bastilla—chicken, egg, and almonds in a phyllo-dough pastry covered in cinnamon and powdered sugar ($8). Entrees include lamb topped with fried eggplant ($15.95), chicken with almonds and honey ($15.95), and a whole braised cornish hen served alongside onions and green olives ($16.95). Click here to see the full menu.
Though dining inside of a tent usually means charred hot dogs and ghost stories, El Morocco replaces these traditions with spectacle: entrees of entire cornish hens, ornate floor pillows, and belly dancers. A canvas ceiling shelters these displays and captures the aromas of meat and middle eastern spices as they drift from the kitchen. These scents emanate from entrees of couscous, lamb garlanded with almonds and honey, and dishes of braised hare—all part of an authentic Moroccan menu dreamed up by owner Fadil Shahin.
Fadil's love of music drives his venue's hypnotizing performances. Belly dancers sway and shimmy on Tuesday–Sunday evenings, brandishing swords and scarves to augment their choreography. Undulating instructors can even enroll students in a belly-dance showcase on the first Sunday night of each month. The "dancers' nights" provide both pros and up-and-comers with valuable stage time, allowing them to practice their eclectic skills for audiences. Fadil might regale guests with tunes on the lute-like oud, or percussion rhythms on the darbuka. In addition to entrancing regular diners, the entertainment adds glamour and festivity to group events, including weddings and crying parties.