Mami Nora’s: Update on an Old Fave

We’ve loved Mami Nora’s for a long time, and the restaurant has only gotten better since we first fell for its sweet sweet plantains and crispy juicy chicken.  Although the chicken would have been enough for me, they’ve now added a few other plates, including grilled steak, ceviche (on weekends), and fried tilapia.  The only one I’ve tried so far was the Lomo Saltado ($9.99): sauteed skirt steak strips with onions, tomatoes and french fries.  It’s true, the fries are sauteed all in there with the rest of the ingredients, infusing them with delicious beefy flavor.


One caveat is that I’ve had this dish twice and it was much better the first time.  I’m not sure if they changed the recipe or if it was a fluke, but the first time the dish was covered in an amazing gravy that was gone the second time.  I still loved it without the sauce–I would have been perfectly happy if I hadn’t known what I was missing.


These are the sweet plaintains.  They are one of the best foods, ever.

Published in: on February 27, 2009 at 12:20 am  Comments (11)  


  1. On a Friday at lunch in February, they had a “special” that was a chipotle mole chicken. It was like an extra spicy chipotle, and was the best I’ve had in the triangle (including Fiesta Grill). Are the steak and tilapia on the regular menu, or as specials on certain days?

    • On the regular menu! I have heard about that mole but have not gotten lucky enough to go when it’s available. Does anyone know if it is a recurring thing?

  2. This has become tied for my favorite place in Durham along with Tacqueria El Paraiso. I have not tried their new dishes yet, but that’s just because the regular stuff is so good — the chicken soup, plantains, black beans, and the chicken of course.

  3. had the aji de gallina this weekend. excellent!

  4. They serve an interesting Peruvian drink made with purple corn. Tastes like purple Kool Aid with cinnamon and anise flavor. But be warned it, it si way too sweet. I get an extra glass and water it down some.

  5. Mame Nora’s looks just like Cuban food and I love it. Where is Mame Nora’s?

  6. We visited the restaurant today and were amazed at how good the food was. Had the chicken, sweet plantains and soup. hubby had the chicken rice. that was awesome too. Wonder why its not more popular…

  7. shhhhh…lets keep it that way. I think all of us can keep it in business…lol

  8. […] area, some of our faves are New Visions of Africa (”soul food”), Green Leaf Indian, Mami Nora’s (Peruvian chicken),  Costa Azul (Honduran/Mexican), taco trucks on Hillsborough Rd. (late night), […]

  9. Tried Mami Nora’s last night when we had a craving for some chicken and Hog Heaven was closed. It was great, the chicken and tostones were first rate. The yucca fries were so-so. What sides do you all recommend? Thanks to this site, it has provided hints to great places to eat all around Durham.

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