One of my favorite San Diego restaurants is Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro in Hillcrest. I started going there years ago on the suggestion of Ish from A Fine Kettle of Ish and loved the food and the atmosphere. The owner, Moumen, came out of the kitchen and greeted us. Months later we came back and he remembered us. For years, every time we went in, the service and food were great and we got a really personal and friendly greeting from Moumen. He loves his customers and makes them feel like family. He also has a great happy hour twice a night and daily specials featuring half-price cocktails and Moroccan tapas.
I know I am gushing, but places like this are hard to find. He is doing some cool things with his bar and there is also a menu full of fun Moroccan-themed drinks. I am not calling Kous Kous a craft cocktail bar by any definition, but the dining experience is punctuated by some really interesting drinks and I’m happy to say I did a few things to help nudge them along. Kous Kous is now stocking grapefruit bitters (no small victory), and I am proud to say that they now serve a cocktail I created which he calls The African Autumn.
Order my drink!
The African Autumn
2 ounces London Dry Gin
1/2 ounce Aperol
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
3 dashes Grapefruit Bitters
Stirred and strained into a cocktail glass with a lemon twist.