When Mike was producing Prison Break Season 5, we had a two and half week stint for filming in Ouarzazate, Morocco. We of course ended up eating at a few restaurants several times, and some places only once for reasons. And thus have narrowed down the restaurants that are hopefully still in business (some of the “best of” lists are out-dated), and worth your time, and your per diem…
1. Jardins des Aromes
By far our favorite, and the favorite of the entire cast and crew. This restaurant is as classy as it is delicious. The staff was so sweet as to even keep the restaurant open late for us when we all got so comfortable (okay and a little drunk) that we didn’t want to leave. We recommend the briouates, and almost 100% of the cast would recommend the caramelized chicken tagine.
2. Restaurant Douyria
We ate here the second-most. In the evening, it’s walking distance from The Berbere Palace (where we were staying), and the views of Ouarzazate from their terrace are always impressive, no matter how many times you go there. We tried a lot of animals there: pigeon pastilla (not surprisingly, the veggie pastilla was the winner in the pastille taste test), dromedary (camel), and kid (baby goat).
But the winner time and time again was their Moroccan salad and any of their vegetable tagine.
3. Accord Majeur
This place is right across the street from the Berbere Palace AND has great alternatives to all the usual fare (ie. tagines for days). So this was a winner winner chicken and steak dinner for most of the cast and crew, night after night. We recommend the steak and potatoes, and whatever wines the awesome servers recommend — we were always happy with that combo.
When you want to feel like there are more than just a smattering of people in town, head to Habous — in the middle of a lively town square (at night). And try not to scoff at me when I recommend the chicken nuggets. Yes, these chicken nuggets in Morocco are one of the best things you’ll eat, after you get sick of tagines. And also say hi to the cats — they’re as adorable as they are hungry…
Hopefully these restaurants in Ouarzazate continue to stay open and serving delicious non-hotel food meals. And if you find more awesome places to eat, please leave ’em in the comments. Shukran!