My wife and I went to Faouzi's for dinner last night. It's right in our own Allied Dunns Marsh neighborhood and we've been meaning to stop by.
Faouzi's specializes in authentic Morrocan cuisine and although there is traditional American fare in the menu we went with the specialties: lamb Moroccan Couscous ($13) for me, chicken kebabs ($9) for her and a takeout order of Moroccan beef stew ($9) for my mother-in-law at home.
I don't know much about Morrocan cuisine but I know what I like, and this was delicious food. The lamb was tender and tasty, as were the vegetables in my entree. My wife's meal was also delicious and mom loved the stew. Portions were adequate but not over the top. Each came with a cup of the soup of the day - lentils, also very good. Our server (her first night waitressing!) brought us flat bread with olive oil as an appetizer.
Despite the heat I had the Morrocan tea with mint, a revelation: hot tea infused with fresh mint leaves. Fantastic. And although I'd already had baklava with lunch downtown I couldn't resist a taste comparison when our server offered it as desert. Sorry, Nick's but Faouzi's won hands down.
State Street restaurants like Nick's do have a better location, no doubt. Faouzi's is located in a building which used to house a horrible dive bar called, I kid you not, The Emerald Isle
, but has been extensively remodled including large windows with views of the scenic west Beltline. I was prepared to deal with traffic noise but it's almost inaudible. I also enjoyed the Morrocan music played at a background
level, intrusive tunes being a pet peeve of mine.
Oh yeah. Mom loved
4245 West Beltline Hwy
Madison WI 53711