One word. Lamb. Oh yeah... lamb!
New to lamb? It is also a lot firmer compared to a chicken along with a fatter, meatier and stronger flavor. Many would describe lamb as meat with a gamy flavor. The flavor of a lamb is indeed very noticeable and substantial. But, the flavor is pleasant and is combined with softness and juiciness of the meat.
Growing up on Lamb I can't imagine Easter for family dinner without it. Mom would insert garlic into slits in the fatty top of the meat.. rub it with oil and herbs and slow cook it in the oven until the entire house was filled with the aroma of garlic and roasting meat. Our mouths would water until she set it at the table to slice off pieces for each one of us.
Mom lives in San Francisco so I don't get lamb as often as I'd like so when I see it on a menu I always order it and I've found the best lamb in Lincoln at Chef Karim's Mediterranean Grill. Chef is from Morocco but classically trained in France and I'd describe his menu as "south France" or "provencial" featuring salmon, pasta, beef, and vegetarian dishes, but this girl gets the lamb.
During the week he offers rack of lamb.. delectable little chops that are grilled and served with potatoes.. I always ask for rice instead as I'm a rice girl as well and Chef's saffron rice is simply amazing. On Fridays in addition to the regular menu he offers Moroccon night. For a set price you receive soup, salad, bastila (Chicken Bastilla is Morocco's famous chicken pie. A light, crispy warqa pastry shell conceals savory saffron chicken, slightly spicy stuffing of dates and nuts and a crunchy topping of fried almonds sweetened with orange flower water), your entree, cous cous with vegetables and tea and cookies for dessert. You will leave full, but prepare to be there for 1.5 to 2 hours... you will receive amazing service in a non-rushed atmosphere. Don't expect your server to interrupt you every 3 minutes, instead they let you chat and enjoy your food as your next course is being cooked. No premade food here at all!
Chef makes a point to come out and greet every table. He is an amazing man with many talents and I highly recommend Chef Karim's for your next special night out.