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Re: “Couscous

This storefront restaurant hasn't quite decided whether it's targeting sit-down diners or those of us who take our lunch to go. The restaurant is run by a Moroccan husband and wife team with a rotating array of assistants (I've never seen the same busboy/sandwich maker/dishwasher there two visits in a row.) Although a Moroccan stew takes pride of place on the more expensive side of the menu, the thriftier diners stay away from the more adventurous and expensive hot dishes and focus on the classic Middle Eastern appetizers and sandwiches: hummus, baba ganouj, and almost anything that can be stuffed inside a pita. Their hummus and baba ganouj are mediocre, but outstanding sandwiches include felafel, potato and cauliflower, and chicken shwerma. Today I had a particularly delicious felafel sandwich with a thin tahini sauce, chopped cucumber, and slices of what might have been an entire tomato. A nice hot glass of mint tea was the ideal side.

Aside from the sandwiches, I'm not sure why I keep coming back: the mirrored wall leaves me self-conscious, the tables are very close, and outside of the lunchtime rush your table may be the only one filled. But, oh, the sandwiches...

Posted by Anne Pizzi on 01/30/2006 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Ina's

We arrived early for Sunday breakfast and were seated in the prime tables near the tall front windows. Our waitress was new and very personable. We were served a big carafe of strong coffee as soon as we sat down, and she was patient with our need to caffeinate before committing to any breakfast decisions.

I love any place that serves brussels sprouts, so of course I had to try the vegetable hash. A side order of hash is served with two brussels sprouts perched atop a pile of corn and diced potatoes with a magical creamy sauce. It is hard to decide whether the hash or the scrapple makes better comfort food... luckily you can get side orders of both.

Every time I've come, Ina herself has been at the front counter greeting customers. It's like being at the home of your favorite grandmother: the menu may be limited, the walls may be pink, but that's how you know you're home.

Posted by Anne Pizzi on 01/29/2006 at 9:34 PM

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