Tempted by last month's post about merguez frites, the Moroccan-inspired French street food, my dad and I decided to celebrate Father's Day by trying the authentic item. We followed a glowing review from the New York Times to Little Morocco, a café in Astoria, Queens, where we shared a sandwich merguez au harissa.
This was a Casablanca-style sandwich, as opposed to the french-fry laden version apparently sold in Paris. The soft, crusty petit pain (aka Italian roll) was spread with garlicky harissa and stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and a few pieces of sausages. It completely lived up to our expectations—though I'm curious to compare it to merguez frites when I'm in Paris next month.
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