LIFE + LOCAL,  Will Run for Pasta

Dar Essalam – Wilsonville, OR

Mr. Won’t Run had a craving so I met up with him after work at our favorite Moroccan restaurant in Wilsonville, Dar Essalam.  We love this place!  It’s a family run business and they are always super friendly and so accommodating.  They take pride in their food and enjoy seeing others fall in love with it.

If you’re ever driving through Oregon it’s just a little South of Portland and right off I-5.  Although if you’re traveling I’d plan on staying the night because it wouldn’t be safe to drive on a full belly, all you’ll want to do is relax and digest.  It’s not fast food, it’s meant to be enjoyed and savored, so take along some good company and plan for a leisurely evening out.

You have to start with the Iced Minted Green Tea, it’s a huge glass and refillable!  Mr. Won’t Run tried the Minted Lemonade (on the left) and both were delicious and refreshing.

Next comes a cute little plate of humus and pita which we scarf down in about ten seconds.  The humus is a thinner, creamier consistency than most and it has a subtle sweetness to it.  We dug in before I remembered I wanted a photo.

Next is the lentil soup which is always tasty.

Then it’s on to the salad sampler of beets, carrots, potatoes, and green beans – all of it is delicious!

Mr. Won’t Run always gets the Beef Ox Tail Tajine with savory Eggplant Sauce, they don’t even ask him anymore what he wants, they know his order:

My current favorite is the Vegetarian Couscous which I add a couple of kabobs to, tonight they were salmon:

And, of course, baklava!  Everyone orders four pieces, don’t they?  It’s served with ice cream if you order there but we’re always too full so we take it to-go without.

And then there’s the pretty decor:

I love this mosaic piece!

Seriously peeps, do your belly a solid and give this place a try sometime!

Hi, I'm Sarah, a 30-something wife, doggy-mama, beginner runner (still), wannabe cook, and 9-5 cubicle farm worker, just trying to enjoy life in beautiful Portland, OR!

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