Now Open: Nora on Greenville (Photos)

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On a more neighborhoody Greenville Avenue ...
Lower Greenville Avenue is looking damn good these days. The newly widened streets with inset parking makes it feel like the quiet downtown of a suburb, like Plano or perhaps Coppell. Even after dark, there's noticibly less fear of being run over by a passing truck. It's a good thing.

Located at the place where Oram meets the newly beautificated Greenville is a new restaurant, Nora. Currently in its soft opening, the Afghani spot is sister to Afghan Grill on Preston Road in North Dallas. And while the decor at Afghan Grill is decidedly Middle Eastern, dark with oranges, golds and reds, the space that Nora occupies is light and white with touches of dark brown. Capiz chandeliers and leather add shine and texture.

Dishes are probably what your grandma would make for you, if she were a friendly Afghani man. Strips of soft, whole wheat pita show up first, accompanied by a potentially polarizing cilantro puree. Hummus is served with handmade Afghan bread. Cocktails tempt the adventurous, featuring un-cocktail-like ingredients like cardamom, lemongrass and green tea.

Nora's menu features small plates, salads, stews, entrees and desserts. Mains start at $12 for a vegetarian stew, and top out at $24 for a combination of grilled meats. The first dish we tried was the Qabili Palao, which features lamb atop soft, seasoned rice studded with raisins and plenty of sweet carrot.

Upon recommendation by the owner, we tried the Beef Kofta which came with meatballs, more rice and a skewer of vegetables drizzled with yogurt sauce. The portions were sizable, leaving us too full unable to sample the homemade baklava.

Overall, Nora is shaping up to become a trusty piece of Greenville Avenue where you can linger over dinner with friends, and eat honest food that makes you feel like family.

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Afghanistan-style home cookin'

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Beef Kofta

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Inside: light, bright and classy.

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Herbed for your pleasure

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CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Eat at Nora's the other night; very pleasant interior, nice menu.  Adult dining.  Food is a welcomed alternative to the typical greenville avenue joints, where patrons seem more interested in drinking than enjoying a good meal.  The list of decent greenville avenue restaurants is looking better: Sundowner, Nora, The Grape, I hope they do well. 

Clitoris ain't yo middle name
Clitoris ain't yo middle name

here's an open letter to unfair park and dc-9 at night: you and your censorship suck dick... do go fuck yourselves.

Lisa Merito
Lisa Merito

Yea, comparing LG to the burbs pretty much keeps me away.

Tyler
Tyler

Pretty excited about this. My folks live up near the Afghan Grill on Preston and I've been eating there for a couple of years now. I love it and so glad they've been able to stay open. I only know about it from their banner draped on an SUV that's visible from Preston, as it's tucked away in a strip center w/ a few vacancies. My impressions are that it's quite nice inside and the quality of food is far above the typical Afghan/Paki pseudo-Indian restaurants. I do enjoy just about every variety; but the fatty, heavy, drowned-in-sauce variations aren't traditional and can make you feel like crap afterwards. AG dishes are bright, clean and fresh. Each time I go, I have a little freak-out about just how enjoyable the meal is. Hope to experience the same here now and about 2 miles from my place.

Guest
Guest

Yeah, Greenville Avenue looks fantastic. The tumbleweeds and dying businesses really add that great Victory Park/Downtown Dallas vibe that the city council is working to bring to the entire city.

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