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McDonald's--Center of Town by Main Post Office: Great Food, Service, Restrooms& No-Smoking Indoors
by Mary Mimouna, Marrakech Restaurant Reviewer
Reviewed July 17, 2006
No longer do tourists have to wonder where they can get delicious and safe food at reasonable prices, in an air-conditioned, non-smoking, child-friendly atmosphere! Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, McDonald's is open from 9 AM to Midnight, Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it is open from 9 AM to 1 AM. While American egg breakfasts are not available, muffins, orange juice, and coffee are served.
Food safety is one of the issues foreign tourists are concerned with in Marrakesh. McDonald's is a safe place to have salads while traveling. McDonald's lettuce and other salad items arrive already pre-washed in a large plastic. Excellent procedures require employees to put on gloves before touching and preparing salad greens into the serving containers. Also, it is very interesting where McDonald's food is coming from in Morocco. According to the manager, the beef is coming from Argentina, while the fish filets and chicken are coming from France. The buns are manufactures in Casablanca under the supervision of a French factory, while the fries are imported from Egypt, already pre-cut and frozen! Canned tuna and canned corn come from Morocco, as well as all the fresh vegetables. The milk used in coffee is not merely pasturized, but sterilized (Salim brand).
Tourists need not worry that McDonald's food in Morocco will taste any different than it does in America. It is identical (even the ketchup and salad dressings), except for certain menu items which are not offered in Morocco (such as egg options for breakfast).
A a children's play room is upstairs. High-chairs are available (ask for "chaise-bébé" in French). Changing table inside handicapped restroom stall.
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSABILITY Completely handicap-accessible with a front ramp into the restaurant, wide doors, and a proper handicap bathroom for wheelchairs.
Favorite Dish: WHAT WE LIKE Happy Meals (27 DH) and Chicken McNuggets--available in boxes of 4, 6, 9, or 20 (for 16, 26, 34, and 75 DH respectively) are always favorites with children. My personal favorites are Filet of Fish (26 DH), Big Mac (29 DH), and Vanilla Shake (13 DH). For a Middle Eastern flavor, try the McArabia Sandwich--made in pita bread, with two spiced beef patties, lettuce and tomato.
THE BILL Least expensive items are Hamburger 11 DH ($1.20), Small Fries 8 DH ($ .90), and a Small Soda 8 DH ($ .90). Happy Meals (toy, small sandwich, small fries, and small drink) are 27 DH ($3.00). Big Mac or Double Cheeseburger Menu Meal, with Large Fries, and Large Drink (or Large Milkshake) is 44 DH ($4.80).
THE CROWD Tourists, locals, families, singles, retired, adults, children, and teenagers. Packed at mealtimes, but counter service is quick and efficient.
IF YOU GO If you don't like crowds, try to avoid peak meal times, when you might find all the indoor tables filled (or go upstairs). While milk is not on the menu, anyone desiring a glass of milk CAN ask for it, and they will pour it into a cup for you.
THE SPACE Two floors. Indoor spaces air-conditioned. Upstairs, an indoor eating space, with excellent view of children's play room (non-smoking). Outdoor balcony area upstairs, overlooking Boulevard Mohamed V (smoking). Downstairs, indoor area with service counter boasts two large-screened TV's (kept at low volume) and a large Ronald McDonald statue. The space is decorated using sand-colored walls and floors, with one darker brick wall. Tables, counters, and wall designs accent the room in a sky blue. Large windows let in plenty of light. Relaxed booths line the front windows, while sturdy chairs at tables have comfortable mahogany backs and seats, and attractive rounded legs made of stainless steel. While the indoor area is non-smoking, the outdoor area is covered from the sun with attractive awnings, and has comfortable chairs, tables, and picnic tables.
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KFC: HOME FROM HOME
We saw a couple of KFC’s in Marrakech. I like to try local food whilst on holiday but I also like to go to places I know and love. KFC seemed very popular with the locals.
There was also a KFC opposite the Koutoubia.
Favorite Dish: Chicken, what else..
Mc Donalds Marrakech: Just like home....
Only because we promised our kids to go to this Mc Donalds restaurant, was the real reason of our visit. We came from Majorelle gardens and walked all the way to this restaurant. It was a long walk and it was hot!
The restaurant was crowded and we could hardly get a free chair.
But oh well...the food tasted just the same as in any Mc Donalds restaurant all over the world.
Favorite Dish: Nothing special at all! But it's a safe place to give your kids an icecream far away from home.
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Fast food al-Ahbab: Simple, but good!
Situated in the busy Rue de Bab Agnaou, you can't miss this small restaurant. This big signs are attracting you towards the entrance. We decided to give it a change.
We weren't disappointed at all.
You have to go up the narrow steps, and on the 1th level they have some tables.
This place looks like it hadn't been cleaned for a long time....
But the food was delicious, fast served and not expensive.
It seems to attrack a lot of young people and family's.
Favorite Dish: The chicken baguette, with small pieced of roasted chicken, with salad and vegggies in a big baguette bread. Served with french fries.
You'll get at least 3 types of sauces separated from this dish.
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Fast Food: Food in the souks
Ive not eaten in the souks - though in Fes with my friends who are locals there having spent years living and trading in the medina, stuff as fermented milk or youghurt drinks or kebab sandwiches - but here in Marrakech we preferred sit down and relax a bit meals for a low price with inside-knowledge establishments around the main square Djma Elfna and the Gueliz or with friends who live around the medina as well - but walking around the souks are plenty of food places for snacks or interesting things to take home - as the locals do - such as dates, olives, special sweet treats, fruit and bread - mostly good photographic opportunities of the local culture.
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McDonald's: There everywhere !!!!!!!!!
If your traveling with small kids and are scared to try the local food .... do not fear ... the golden arches are all over the place !!!!!!!!!!!
McDonalds: I'm lovin it.
We had dinner in our hotel each evening, so we only needed a snack through the day. McDonalds and KFC were not far from our hotel at Place du 16 Novembre.
Favorite Dish: McChicken sandwich.
Big McDonalds: No No
McDonald's in Marrakesh,
Something inside died a little bit.
They get Evey where and spoil the ambiance, We just as well stay back home.
They ruing The local cafes and restaurant's so sad.
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You haven't had the full Moroccan experience until you've enjoyed a McMaroc at Chez McDonalds! (just kidding)
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