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Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby Handy Smurf » Thu Jun 24, 2010 1:26 pm

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 the stew :D !

4245 West Beltline Hwy
Madison WI 53711
(608) 819-8100

http://faouzis.com/
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby LargeMarge » Sun Jun 27, 2010 5:23 pm

I looked at their menu online; I was disappointed they don't have b'stilla. When I think of Moroccan food, I think tagine, b'stilla and couscous. B'stilla is a pain to make so it would be nice to have a restaurant make it.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby Ashley » Mon Jun 28, 2010 10:59 am

Casbah downtown serves B'stillah.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby NullDevice » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:01 pm

Pah, everyone around here makes their b'stilla with chicken. Amateurs! :)
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:29 am

AaronTheSnob wrote:They serve this stuff at a Middle Eastern restaurant???

Only in the bizzaro world of spambots.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby greeneyedlady » Thu Jul 29, 2010 4:21 pm

AaronTheSnob wrote:
They serve this stuff at a Middle Eastern restaurant???
Only in the bizzaro world of spambots.


At least the milkshake tasted well.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby towanda » Thu Jul 29, 2010 10:38 pm

greeneyedlady wrote:
AaronTheSnob wrote:
They serve this stuff at a Middle Eastern restaurant???
Only in the bizzaro world of spambots.


At least the milkshake tasted well.

It existed, too!
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby fennel » Thu Jul 29, 2010 11:49 pm

jhon011 wrote:The milkshake tasted well enough.
(That milkshake spent years refining it's palate.)
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby nichole » Fri Jul 30, 2010 8:35 pm

Spambots aside, if you've been to Faouzi's, you know the idea of a milkshake doesn't seem so bizarro. They've got fab Moroccan cuisine but there are some sops to the base (like chili cheese fries - what now?).

I really want them to do well. The location is gonna scare off most patrons, though.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby beenie » Tue Aug 03, 2010 9:21 pm

nichole wrote:I really want them to do well. The location is gonna scare off most patrons, though.


I really really hope not - the husband and I both loved their food. Then again, see also Doug's, Arbat, etc...

Fingers crossed.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby Galoot » Tue Aug 03, 2010 10:04 pm

Holy crap, this place is right around the corner, and I didn't even know about it. I'll have to go try it out in the next few days.

I also think b'stillah should be on the menu. I've only had it once at a little place in DC, but it was absolutely amazing.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby TheBookPolice » Mon Aug 23, 2010 2:12 pm

Pastilla (the preferred spelling, if Wikipedia is to be believed) is now on the menu at Faouzi's.

Chicken, a sweet and salty flavor pie with
crisp layers of crepe-like crust, meat slow
cooked with Moroccan spices.


I prefer the haiku version:

Chicken, crepe-like crust
A salty/sweet flavor pie
Moroccan spices
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby David Lohrentz » Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:02 pm

Decided not to post my comments.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby NullDevice » Sun Aug 29, 2010 5:52 pm

Headed there the other night.

The Pastilla? Brilliant. Could've been an entree with a side of rice or something.

My kofta tagine was very good, a little heavy on the egg, but otherwise a nice rich sauce, well-seasoned kofta, not greasy or too dry. My dining companion's "morrocan curry" was equally good - maybe a bit heavy on the chickpeas but the seasoning was perfect.

What wasn't perfect was that it took nearly two hours to get our food. We got our pastilla after about 45 minutes, but the entree didn't come until 2 hours after we were seated. The waitress apologized numerous times, saying the kicthen was backed up and they were unprepared for the influx that came with the good review in the isthmus (the dining room *was* packed when we got there). So that was a little disheartening. I think they need to hire more servers and stick a second person in the kitchen.

BUt the food? OH yeah. Worth the wait.
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Re: Faouzi's 4245 West Beltline Hwy - great food

Postby LargeMarge » Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:54 am

We went there on a Monday night around 7:45. There weren't many customers. They were out of the pastilla. We got the sauces appetizer. The guacamole and hummus was really good. I don't care if guacamole is not an authentic Moroccan dish. I got the falafel. It was really tasty. It had a flavor that I couldn't identify that I usually don't notice in falafel. My SO got the chicken curry. He thought it was good but wished it had been a bit more flavorful. We both really liked the soup.

We ended up with way too much food. It was only about $30 for two sodas, an appetizer, soup, bread and two entrees. We couldn't help comparing to our $22 we spent at Panera for two bland sandwiches the previous week. Had we not gotten appetizer, the meals would have been similarly priced.
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