Morocco was the setting for the famous film Casablanca, a romance notable for depicting the largest bowl of hummus ever eaten by Peter Lorre. Dine on Mediterranean fare in full color with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Moroccan dinner fare at Cafe Morocco.
In business for more than 27 years, Cafe Morocco draws on Mediterranean inspiration to delight diners with a menu of marinated game and flavorful sauces, as well as colorful vegetarian plates. The internationally inspired mujadara vegetarian ($11.95) crash tests rice and lentils with spices, italian squash, and a helmet of special egyptian sauce. Meaty selections include the lamb tagine—morsels marinated in Moroccan spices and coated with the jaw-rattling crunch of sesame seeds and almonds, served alongside stewed prunes ($15.95). The beef shish kebab keeps it simple with charbroiled beef and veggies skewered atop garlic-sauce-drizzled rice ($14.95), and onions and tomatoes wait patiently as the chicken sumac soaks overnight in garlic, lemon, and sumac before tiptoeing onto a plate and curling up with tabouli salad and hummus ($14.95).
With more than two decades in business, Cafe Morocco has put in the practice and hard work for its traditional Mediterranean cuisine to earn a Very Good to Excellent rating from Zagat. While pita triangles sop up hummus and tabbouleh, ceiling fans circulate the savory aroma of vegetarian couscous filled with red potatoes and italian squash, and chicken kebabs marinated overnight in potent moroccan spices. The decor complements the exotic flavors with North African accents, such as a colorful fabric trail hanging from the ceiling and turret-shaped outlines framing the windows and kitchen. Patrons can also sip on a cup of sage tea from a metal kettle surrounded by walls covered with painted plates, gilded antique weapons, and gilded antique permits for carrying a dagger.