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In this Moroccan street specialty, whole-roasted lamb is cooked in underground clay pits and sold by weight.

Mechoui Alley in Marrakesh is famous for its many family-owned stalls that sell but one delicacy: mechoui, slow-roasted whole lamb or mutton that is cooked in underground clay pits. The meat is sold by the weight. Simply point to the best-looking part of the meat and ask for half or a full pound.

Mechoui is traditionally served with nothing but salt, cumin, bread, and mint tea. Arrive early to get the best pieces of meat. The sheep’s head and eyeballs are seen as the ultimate delicacies in Morocco.

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