The Moroccan Food Is the Only Thing Authentic at Lansdowne’s Argana (and That’s a Good Thing)

Lately, I’ve been spending a fair amount of time in Lansdowne. No, not to go to Sycamore — although I do love it there — or NoBL, where I still haven’t been. Instead, I’ve been frequenting a place right in between the two: Argana, a Moroccan restaurant that popped up earlier this year at the corner of Lansdowne Avenue and Baltimore Pike. Read more »

Argana Brings Morocco to Delco

On May 18th Argana, a new Moroccan restaurant in Lansdowne, opened its doors to Delaware County residents looking for authentic exotic cuisine. Including Moroccan classics like warm mint tea, falafel, baba ganouj, and hummus as well as vegetarian options, manager Chris Arouh wants everyone to be able to enjoy Argana’s dishes.

On June 16th Argana is welcoming Shiraz, an award-winning belly dancer, to the restaurant for the third time. The performance begins at 7:30pm and reservations are recommended.

Argana [Official Site]

Craig Coos Over Couscous

Craig LaBan descends the steps on 17th Street and into Argan Moroccan Cuisine looking for authentic couscous and finds what he’s looking for. Beyond the couscous he finds some other gems too.

[T]he tastes of Argan I covet are those that come from the slow stew, like the hearty harira bowls of chickpea-lentil soup that transport me back to one of the food stalls that pop up each night on the giant Marrakech plaza called Djemaa el Fna. Or especially the tagine of braised lamb shank, similar to the lamb with couscous, but glazed in honey and topped with stewed prunes, toasted almonds, and sesame seeds.

Two Bells – Very Good

Argan Moroccan Cuisine [Philadelphia Inquirer]

First Person Arts Food Fun

Last year we had a blast leading a burger tour on behalf of First Person Arts. This year the First Person Arts Festival provides several other food related events that you should consider.

On Saturday, November 13th cook book author Joan Nathan will be will be discussing her latest book, Quiches, Kugels and Couscous at the Painted Bride Art Center from noon to 2pm. The $35 ($28 for First Arts members) gets you the talk as well as Jewish and Moroccan delicacies from Argan Moroccan Cuisine, Hershel’s East Side Deli and Zahav.

But the tickets online at or call 267-402-2055.

Another food event is the First Taste Dinner and Silent Auction with Soledad O’Brien, held over a three-course dinner by Alma de Cuba’s Executive Chef, Douglas Rodriguez.

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Quick Bites

We’ve got the menu for 500°, the Sansom Street burger spot coming on March 23rd from Rouge’s Rob Wasserman. Basic burgers are under $6 and you can have it your way, even if that means rare. [Menu (PDF)]

The Capogiro on Passyunk Avenue is aiming to reopen for the season on Friday, March 19th. [Grub Street]

Argan Moroccan Cuisine on 17th has added a full-fledged dinner menu to its offerings. [Meal Ticket]

Meal Ticket has word that Jet Wine Bar is looking to open at 1525 South Street sometime in July. Jill Weber, the owner has to do some archaeology in Syria first. [Meal Ticket]

Cedars Cafe is now serving up Mediterranean food in Frazer. [Main Line Restaurant Guide]

The Washington Post’s restaurant critic, Tom Sietsema has plenty of praise for Fond, Koo Zee Dooand Mémé. [Washington Post via UWISHUNU]

Paesano’s Menu

In today’s Metro, The Bite focuses on some tiny new spots that are providing big bites.

The one that has Fries with that Shake most obsessed is Modo Mio’s new sandwich shop, Paesano’s who have graciously scanned the menu.

A little obsessed? [Fries with that Shake?]

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Around The Web

Dish + Bitch hit up Cafe Lift for some dishing, bitching and of course brunch. [Dish + Bitch]

Across the street and owned by the same peeps as Cafe Lift is Prohibition Taproom. gives it the once over. []

Martha Stewart bails on Talula’s Table and David McDuff gleefully steps in for the a seat in the kitchen. [McDuff’s Food & Wine Trail]

Living On The Vedge hits up Argan Moroccan Cuisine before we even knew it was there. [Living n The Vedge]

Tapas in Wilmington? Wilmington has an area dubbed LoMa? Mac & Cheese reveals the truth. [Mac & Cheese]

I Am Beer Wise makes the long trek to the Sidecar Bar for New Holland beers and “zestful comfort food.” [I Am Beer Wise]

Quick Bites

Noble American Cookery is looking to open in early 2009 on the booming 2000 block of Sansom (Capogiro, Melograno, Porcini, Tinto, Vic Sushi, Village Whiskey). The former Gioia Mia is the being run by the group of Bruno Pouget (Caribou Cafe), Todd Rodgers and Chef Steven Cameron (Blue in Long Beach Island, NJ). Expect New American fare such as orange-glazed grass-fed beef shortribs, Pocono Mountain trout and lobster souffle.

Ugly American’s opening chef, David Gilberg has moved on to Bar Ferdinand. Sous chef Merlot Pagnatti moves on up and will be keeping much of the menu intact. [Feeding Frenzy, City Paper]

Pascual Cancelliere, who partnered with his father at the Italian Market’s Butcher’s Cafe is aiming to open an Italian-Argentine BYOB in the market in February. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Described to Drew Lazor as a “Moroccan El Fuego” Argan Moroccan Cuisine has opened at 132 S 17th Street. [Meal Ticket]

J.C. Dobbs is looking to have their liquor license by November 22nd. [Icepack, City Paper]

Boutros’ Mediterranean Specialties has opened in the Bellevue food court. [Table Talk, Philadelphia Inquirer]