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“Tiny family run restaurant with great food”
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Fez
Cuisines: African, Moroccan
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Reviewed October 6, 2011

Title of this review says it. There are probably only half a dozen tables. It's run by a mixed couple -- he from Morocco, and his partner from Somalia (I think). There are enthusiastic, and cook wonderfully authentic food. It's not an elegant place, and I don't believe they have a liquor license. No candles on the table or mood lighting. But my friend and I enjoyed a splendid lunch of taste thrills, and the bill came to about $15 for both of us! In addition to the good and interesting food, I'm glad to offer my support to such a business run by an immigrant framily.

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Thank ArthurFink
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Reviewed September 8, 2011

Fez is the kind of place you used to find tucked between the 5 and Dime and dress shop - authentic, delicious ethnic food in a casual, no frills storefront. The menu is simple, but the rich, layered flavors of Moroccan fare are not. Homemade falafels were a thing of heavenly beauty: crispy, homemade chickpea fritters served on a generous bed of lettuce and tomatoes with a homemade sauce.Order the chicken tagine and be greeted with a savory half chicken perfumed with lemon and seasonings. The beef barkook is an insanely rich stewed beef with a dark, rich prune and sesame demi glaze. Only complaint on that was the fattiness of the beef in places. Goat and lamb also are on the menu, as are a range of mostly vegetarian appetizers. The portions here are hearty and the owner are very anxious to please. We were seated in a makeshift backyard courtyard, which they lit for us with strings of light. The owner and his partner's son served us and posed proudly for the attached picture. This is an insider's place in a city renowned for its incredible eats - Easy to get to off the highway, just take the Washington Ave. exit and look for the restaurant on your right at 30 Washington Ave., just before the intersection with Cumberland Ave.

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Thank selbyUsa
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Reviewed August 28, 2011

Abraham the owner of fez invited us wile he was posting the specials for the day ,we ordered the falafel for appetizer and for the entre beef barkouk,lamb tagine and tilapia the meals were delicieuse welcome to portland "FEZ" .

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Thank bruno s
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Reviewed August 24, 2011

On our trips to Portland we used to travel over to Washington Ave. to shop at the Asian and African markets and perhaps eat at Silly's, a long-established eatery. In the past few years a number of small, unpretentious but very interesting ethnic restaurants have appeared (Salvadorean, Thai, Somali) which add another reason to pay a visit.
The latest addition is Fez, a small eatery serving up a delightful blend or Moroccan and Somali food which represent the co-owners' roots and culinary expertise. On a previous trip here we had enjoyed the Moroccan side of the menu, accepting Abraham's suggestions of lentil stew, beet and tomato salads, served with delicious basmati rice. This time we were transported by Hinda to Somalia for an absolutely delicious preparation of tilapia with a saute of garlic, tomato, lemon, onions and mysterious spices, cooked to our order and served with a large helping of that same wonderful basmati. The two plates and our soft drink + tax & tip was $25, a bargain by any accounting.
The setting is very humble as you'd expect from two small-business owners trying to get started, but there were fresh flowers on the table, great smells coming from the kitchen, and there's a new patio in the rear for outdoor dining. What is needed for survival is customers and word-of-mouth recommendations. Don't miss a lovely meal prepared with skill and love at Fez. You won't be disappointed.

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