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Ajbani Moroccan Cuisine
Growing up in Meknes, a small city about an hour outside of Fez, Morocco, Hamza Seqqat enjoyed flavorful Moroccan cuisine on a daily basis. That all changed when he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend engineering school. Like many recent high-school grads away at college, he missed some of the comforts of home, including the aromas and tastes of Moroccan food. So the passionate foodie decided to partner up with his brother-in-law and fellow Moroccan expat, Younes Derouiche, to open up Ajbani Moroccan Cuisine.
There at Ajbani Moroccan Cuisine, chefs create traditional and more inventive Moroccan eats, including spicy lamb tagines and chicken with preserved lemon. They even prepare the preserved lemon in house, along with their own spice blends and a slew of vegan and gluten-free options. Many of the dishes are labor-intensive, but all the hard work hasn't gone unnoticed. Charlotte magazine praised the eatery and dedicated space in the review for a little advice: "Whatever you order, be sure to leave with some couscous." Ajbani's variety comes from Casablanca and is steamed over the house broth, a cooking process "that makes it difficult to honor the 'just one more bite' promise that you’ll try to make to yourself."