Lake Highlands offers a number of cherished cafés and restaurants, but there is a limit to our options. When you next feel that nagging need for epicurean diversity, know that our East Dallas neighbors are popping with culinary choices. Take Lower Greenville, for instance, and Matt Pikar’s new hotspot, Nora Restaurant & Bar. Once Pikar was certain Greenville was on the upswing, he decided to expand his business by adding a Sunday lunch menu, a private dining room and a rooftop patio. The patio was designed for lounging, so he doesn’t mind if you sit and stay a while. “I want people to come here, have a bottle of wine, enjoy themselves and relax,” Pikar says. There’s a full bar upstairs, as well as a limited menu of appetizers and other snack options. Nora’s serves gourmet Afghan food full of flavor and spice and everything nice. Aside from the usual offering of hummus and salad, it also has more exotic options. The kofta chalao is similar to meatballs over rice, the dolma consists of rice and spices wrapped in a grape leaf, and the sambosa is a pastry filled with ground beef and veggies.
Ambiance: Dressy casual, rooftop patio & Bar,
Price range: $5-$12
Sun-Thurs: 5:30-1o p.m.
Fri-Sat: 5:30-11 p.m.
Sun lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
More Greenville hotspots
Crisp Salad Company
Located between Teppo Yakitori Sushi Bar and the Char Bar, this modest, healthy bistro, co-owned by Lake Highlands resident John Zimmerman, offers a build-your-own-salad option as well as a menu featuring cobb, Waldorf and kale salads, to name a few.
Ask yourself: is it worth crossing Mockingbird for the best burger in the state (so says Texas Monthly), to sample the culinary creations of Chef of the Year (2011, eater.com), Lake Highlands resident Brian Luscher? The answer is, YES. The house-made desserts such as banana pudding cheesecake and classic crème brulee are worth journeying for, but while you’re there, devour decadent caramelized sea scallops or herb-grilled lamb chops.
Greenville Avenue dining once was synonymous with Snuffers and those famously loaded cheese fries. Then the grill went through a ho hum era as diners and local media turned their attention to other area eateries, approaching Snuffers each October only for the seasonal “Snuffers ghost” story. When Snuffers was demolished in April 2013, however, we missed it. Now it’s reopened, remodeled and features a spacious new patio, plus those tried-and-true juicy burgers and French fry baskets. No word on whether the ghost is still haunting.