​Casablanca brings Mediterranean flavor to Ypsilanti

Morocco meets Ypsilanti on Washtenaw Avenue’s six-month old restaurant Casablanca. If you’re looking for a taste of something original, fresh, affordable and very close to Eastern’s campus, then you should check this out.

This hole-in-the-wall hotspot has delicious and authentic Mediterranean flavors just waiting to be explored. On a recent visit, I indulged in a vegetarian falafel sandwich, buttery couscous, warm bread, delectable zaalouk salad and, of course, a cup of Moroccan coffee. Happy with my meal—and the fact that I only paid $8.23 for all of it—I decided to ask my server a few questions.

“My favorite part of working here is the environment and the people,” Hamzah Mohammad said.

This is plain to see for anyone enjoying lunch or dinner here, because Hamzah is very attentive to his guests and always rushes around the small yet intimate restaurant with a warm smile on his face.

“I’ve known the owners even before I started working here,” Hamzah said. “They are very good people.”

As far as his favorite meal goes, Hamzah shares, “It is definitely the Chicken Tagine, which is coincidentally also our most popular dish, along with the sweet lamb!”

Casablanca is the perfect restaurant for a delicious meal that won’t drain your wallet. The menu has authentic Moroccan foods, as well as a kid’s menu and classic American foods like french fries and hamburgers if you aren’t feeling too adventurous.

It is also a great place to go for vegans and vegetarians, such as myself, because their menu has many different options that are clearly labeled for anyone who is a bit more animal-friendly.

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By Magdalena Rieder / The Eastern Echo
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By Magdalena Rieder / The Eastern Echo

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