When it opened in 1979, so many presidential administrations ago, Restaurant Nora was unlike any other eatery in Washington. The gustatory landscape then was dominated by dark, masculine establishments with crepuscular lighting, meat, more meat and puddles of Old World artery-attacking sauces.
Nora’s was light, airy, healthy, with farm-fresh offerings, a riot of vegetables on the plate, a frisson of frisée. Says Nora Pouillon, the Nora, “It had a woman’s touch.” It was one of the few restaurants with a woman at the helm and her name on the door, and it was significantly ahead of the times.
After 36 years, Nora is still here, where it has long stood, in a former stable at Florida and R streets NW, an organic herb garden blooming by the kitchen door.
Click here to read the entire story from the May 11, 2015 Washington Post article.
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