Bistros became popular in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin’s time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Enjoy European influence with today’s Groupon to Nora Cafe & Bakery in Ellicott City. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get a European-style bistro dinner for two (up to a $51.96 value), which includes the following:
- Two entrees (up to a $15.99 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $3.99 value each)
Two glasses of wine (up to a $6 value each)<p>
- For $20, you get $40 worth of anything on the menu. Entrees range from $9.99–$15.99.<p>
The dinner for two is only valid between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
The epicurean engineers at Nora Cafe & Bakery sate appetites of all sizes with a menagerie of nourishing entrees, decadent desserts, and spirited wines. Grilled Alaskan salmon skims across penne noodles on lemon cream sauce, and meat lasagna flaunts flavorful layers of pasta, cheese, and house-made tomato sauce, which is perfect to sop up with an accompaniment of garlic bread or a Rube Goldberg spoon machine. Mouthwatering jeko jeko drizzles homemade steak sauce over a heaping portion of armenian beefsteak and carrots, and overstuffed chicken-marsala ravioli shells practice synchronized diving routines in pools of marsala wine cream sauce. Duos can apply finishing touches to their chew-a-thons with chocolate cannoli filled with house-recipe cream or New York–style cheesecake, which is named for its resemblance to a yellow cab.
At other times of the day, mouths can tackle Greek-style chicken wrapped in tomato tortillas or clothesline hot, open-faced bagel sandwiches such as the bacon, tomato, and cheese melt. Focaccia bread pizzas house house-made sauce and toppings such as grilled steak and mushroom or grilled chicken breast and pesto. Culinary crews also sling breakfast dishes all day, pairing them with fresh-brewed coffee and specialty espressos. To offset savory dishes, bakers proffer a daily selection of pastries ranging from mixed-fruit-filled danishes to raspberry cigars.
Nora Cafe & Bakery
Inside Nora Cafe & Bakery, housemade cakes and Italian-style cookies gather in the long, sloping pastry cases that line one side of the casual dining room. Referencing generations-old recipes, Nora’s team of bakers craft handmade dough to create fluffy puff pastry, pies, and cakes. The restaurant also serves Italian dinners, with plates of lasagna, spaghetti, and steaks complemented by garlic bread almost as warm as a blanket that’s on fire. The team serves those dishes between bright, orange walls flecked with framed photos, amid a sea of red tables with cushioned chairs.