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“Quantity with Quality” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nora's Kabob Mediterranean Grill

Nora's Kabob Mediterranean Grill
9338 Baltimore National Pike, Green Village Shopping Center, Ellicott City, MD 21043
410 418 5911
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Ranked #16 of 124 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Chatham Road
Columbia, MD
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Quantity with Quality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

If you're hungry, or wish to share a dish, or have leftovers for the next day, you've found a great little place in Nora's Kabob. It's a small place with a big dinner menu of kabob options, and great service. Prices are reasonable. Had the Chicken - Koobideh Kabob combination, with salad and rice, and couldn't finish it (that's rare for me.) More importantly, it was grilled to perfection. (Koobideh, if you're wondering, is a delectable combination of minced lamb and beef.)

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Good food; well prepared. Might do well to fix up the place, perhaps tablecloths, since they want to be less a carryout and more a sit down joint. Apparently they have music. Must be another room we did not see, as the space seems to small for music. Key thought is the food, which is quite good.

Visited February 2014
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Columbia, Md
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7 restaurant reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Friendly...Tasty...but short on Atmosphere”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I've dined here several times, most recently in Dec 2013, and have always found the walk-up service very friendly and the food quite tasty. But I'm put off by the fact that the staff is very slow to clear tables. It's not unusual to find oneself seated next to a table full of dirty dishes & food scraps.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Burtonsville, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Pictures on Trip Advisor are not correct”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Nora's is in an indistinct strip shopping center right on rte 40; not sure why the pictures above are even shown. Noura is not Nora's.
If you live in the area of Burtonsville and Columbia, MD, and have eaten at Maiwand Kabob or Mimi's Kabob, Nora's will disappoint if you are expecting the wonderful piquant spices from the other places. The seasoning for Iranian lamb (sometimes called Persian) are very mild at Nora's. Simple salt and pepper. Not the pungent spices of the Afghani cuisine. The rice served with Nora's lamb chops is perfect. The Mezzes, notably the cucumber salad and the eggplant are superb. I ordered the 5 lamb chops at almost $5.00 each. Very pricey for bland food. Really too bad. The Khoobideh was also bland even if tender. Lacking seasoning. The naan, cut into small wedges, served with the mezzes was limp. Service is wonderful by very attentive staff. They have table service as well as counter ordering. They offer wine as well. They were playing classic crooner music--a real treat even if CNN was on behind the counter. We did not have dessert. We recommend Nora's but highly suggest you sample Maiwand to contrast.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Columbia, Maryland
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Great falafel and dolmades”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I've eaten at Nora's twice, once for a quick lunch - falafel, and another time for dinner with friends -dolmades & shrimp kebabs. The portions are enormous, and the food is delicious. I think the falafel, gyros, and meze are more flavorful than the kebabs, but the kebabs are good as far as kebabs go. The atmosphere is great, and so is the service, and the prices are good, too. The menu has a good selection, no matter what you feel like, and there are one or two vegan options. There are also a few vegetarian entrees. If you are into meat but don't want kebabs, you can order from the abbreviated fish menu. The dining room is comfortable, clean, and classy for a good lunch spot - but it's small, so if you are planning on dinner with friends, you might want to call ahead.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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