500BestSquareCouscous @ Jamila’s

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Couscous is the national dish of Morocco and popular across Northern Africa. It’s been catching on here, with the little orts of pasta steamed over a savory broth of lamb, beef, chicken, or vegetables. Jamila’s makes couscous a form truer to the ethnic style than I’ve seen anywhere else, using a real couscousier and mixing it with vegetables and meat. It’s deceptively light as you dig in, but stays with you.

Jamila’s. Uptown: 7806 Maple. 504-866-4366.

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