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May 24, 2010

Tangier's Bistro opens

Tangier's I finally caught up with one of the owners of Tangier's Bistro Bar and Martini Lounge, which opened Wednesday in Canton, in the spot where Meridian 54 used to be.

Alain Suissa, who worked for Washington's Ritz-Carlton for many years and was food and beverage director for The Jockey Club Restaurant & Lounge in The Fairfax Hotel, said this is his first restaurant venture in Baltimore.

The restaurant has about 200 indoor seats, plus about 60 more on the sidewalk. It serves French Northern Moroccan cuisine.

"It's a tapas menu, small plates, like we have in the south of Spain and all the beaches of Morocco," said Suissa, who was raised in Montreal but was born in Casablanca. His grandmother was born in Tangier.

You can see the menu at idine.com, though Suissa notes that the website got a few things wrong. It describes the restaurant as Greek, for instance. He hopes to get those errors fixed shortly.

He described the atmosphere as "very casual chic -- simple, elegant. Just a fun place to be."

Tangier's photo

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 1:28 PM | | Comments (19)
        

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I give it 6 months. That spot is cursed.

The food sounds unique for the area, so it really does have a chance as a destination, not just another whatever place in a tough location. People really dig outdoor seating too.

Last page of the menu still references Meridian 54, LLC.

i'm leery of anything at that address, and i don't recall seeing any liquor board hearings for a license transfer...

menu looks pretty authentic, though.

I'm a fun guy, who likes fun places to be. Maybe I'll try this place.

it's not so much the location that's cursed as much as it is poor management. when redfish first opened in that spot, it did very well due in part to the good food (courtesy of Jack's Bistro chef/owner Ted Stelzenmuller) and good service. (i know, what a concept?) the success went to the owner's head, not back into the books and the place went downhill. any owner after that seems to have approached the place with the idea that if it's in canton, it has to be a success, rather than have a business plan, concept, any clue etc...

let's stop blaming the location and instead blame lazy investors who want to get rich quick without any of the work. please?

Actually, the menu really does bring me back to Morocco. Can't wait to give it a try - though I have similar reservations about that location.

Still, anywhere that's willing to serve a pastilla, I'll at least give a shot.

Not surprisingly, given the relative scarcity of Moroccan restaurants, the iDine website doesn't have a separate category for Moroccan cuisine, so "Greek/Mediterranean" is the closest fit, category-wise.

Was in Morocco in '07 - look forward to trying this out. Do they have tagine?

I used to frequent Meridian 54 often so decided to give the new place a try. The updated decor jazzes the place up but it lacked the relaxing, neighborhood bar feel that it once had. Now I would feel underdressed sitting at the bar in jeans. The music has been replaced with music from that geographic location and now only one tv remains in the bar. Definitely no longer an environment to watch sports. I do like that they extend their happy hour to 8pm which is great for Canton. There were only 3 people there (including me) when I went, but a few more strolled in later. I only tried the chicken tagine and wasn't impressed but I'm not particular about French/Moroccan food so don't judge the food on that opinion.

All in all, they may do well if people are willing to give them a try. I just think that a hoity toity restarant in Canton might not work. At least not in that location. But maybe it will prove us wrong. Only time will tell.

We just love this place the food was excellent, you definitely have to try the "cigars" and the flounder.
The owner was very pleasant, and fun atmosphere.
Highly recommended!

Wow. Another "Moroccan" restaurant with a full bar. Offering "traditional" sangria. I live in Morocco- no bars here, and sangria is certainly not traditional in Morocco. I wonder if the food is Halal. There's nothing on the menu about it. Moroccan restaurants seem to only be good places to go for non-Moroccans... Just something to chew on.. At least they don't have belly dancing..

Having just returned from a nine day visit to Morocco, we were eager to refresh our gustatory memories. Tangier's fit the bill perfectly. The food is authentic and excellent, prices are just right, ambience is perfect, and street parking is plentiful

Long may it thrive. Mabruk!

Having just returned from a nine day visit to Morocco, we were eager to refresh our gustatory memories. Tangier's fit the bill perfectly. The food is authentic and excellent, prices are just right, ambience is perfect, and street parking is plentiful

Long may it thrive. Mabruk!

I enjoyed this restaurant very much!
Very welcoming, beautifuly renovated, food is delicious and prices very reasonable!! Bravo!! Congratulations to the new owners!

I enjoyed this restaurant very much!
Very welcoming, beautifuly renovated, food is delicious and prices very reasonable!! Bravo!! Congratulations to the new owners!

So no liquor license transfer? That mean it's the old owners with a new concept?

Geoff, it seems you may have given them too much time.

I tried going last week and there were signs in the windows saying they were closed for Yum Kippur and would reopen on the 20th. I went on the 24th and they were still closed!

And today their phone number is disconnected! I bought a couple of gift certificates for there just last month!

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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