From Our Editors
House of Marrakesh?voted Best of Denver by Westword in 2008?treats Denver denizens to a menu brimming with skillfully spiced Moroccan favorites. Roll out your mouth's red carpet for the super-sweet strut of the chicken bastilla ($9.99), which bakes egg, saffron, and almonds into a pastry, then dusts it with curiously complimentary powdered sugar and cinnamon. For something more savory and classically Moroccan, try a tagine?a slow-cooked lamb or chicken stew that's braised at low temperatures for tenderness inside a special covered clay pot?which is then brought to your table and uncovered with a magician's flourish. You can also add to the aromatic tendrils that emanate from a lamb tagine like hookah smoke by ordering it with apricot and almonds ($18.99); artichokes, green peas, olives, and lemon ($18.99); prunes and almonds ($18.99), or fresh ground-up djinni (market price?feel free to haggle). More adventurous desert diners, meanwhile, can attempt the hen mrozia ($19.99)?a cornish game hen cooked with raisins, caramelized onions, and chickpeas?or do away with silverware entirely and eat lamb couscous tfaya ($18.99) with their right hands. Herbivores and herbivoyeurs can sink cellulose shredders into a number of veggie vittles as well, such as the Bakoula ($14.99) spinach dish. And no order is complete without a little "Moroccan whiskey"?fresh mint tea served extremely sweet from a polished samovar.