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The stall with it all.
The stall with it all.

By day, a stall just down the street from my riad (hotel) in Marrakesh was perpetually busy. Not with customers, but with workers grinding beef, putting together sausages and butchering away. It was interesting to watch, but didn’t exactly whet my appetite. Yet, when I returned later that night I found the place bustling with locals jockeying for some food. At this point I knew whatever it was had to be mine.

Hungry for brains?
Hungry for brains?

It turned out that they were basically putting together sandwiches in the stall using the pita-like Khobz bread that can be found pretty much anywhere in Morocco. They stuff it with the meat I had seen all day, including some things I hadn’t seen earlier like brains! I ordered one with ground beef and cheese, and one with just plan sausage.

Just like a Moroccan burger.
Just like a Moroccan burger.

They took a while because of the mass of other humans, but eventually they were ready for eating. By far, the sandwich with the ground beef and cheese beat out the sausage. Surprisingly it turned out that the sausage was essentially the same ground beef, but in a casing and with no seasoning. The regular ground beef, on the other hand, was seasoned nicely. Of course the cheese helped, but even without it the ground beef was better. It’s definitely worth finding a spot like this in Marrakech, assuming you can handle staring at brain while you wait!