Nora’s in Dogtown
St. Louis, MO/January 21, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some restaurants make a big production out of food preparation. Others create amazing dishes with trendy ingredients. A few serve plates so artfully arranged, you want to look at it instead of eating it. And then there’s the quirky little sandwich shop that simply combines fresh, high quality ingredients to make amazing food that’s clean, creative, and simply delicious. That’s Nora’s at 1136 Tamm Ave. in St Louis. This Dogtown café offers a simple menu of soups, salads and sandwiches. What sets Nora’s apart is the attention to detail—things like offering a gluten free bread option, and smoking some of their own meats.
Owner Rob Quiason named Nora’s after his mother, so he has a lot to live up to. He honors her with his carefully crafted sandwiches, salads, and soups. Nora’s offers hot and cold sandwiches in fun combinations with clever, quirky names. There’s The Big Bad Wolf for instance, so named because it’s made with three little pigs—that’s ham, bacon, and their own apple wood smoked pork loin, then topped with pepper jack cheese and honey mustard. Or how about a sandwich called For Pete’s Sake? It’s that tasty apple wood smoked pork loin piled high with caramelized onions, melted brie, bacon, and apple sauce. We don’t know who Pete is, but we’re sure glad for his sandwich. On the cold side you’ll find a chicken salad sandwich that’s everything a chicken salad sandwich should be. It starts with Nora’s smoked chicken breast (there’s that attention to detail again) that’s pulled and mixed with diced celery, red onions, and chipotle mayo, then topped with lettuce and tomato.
The sandwich menu at Nora’s has vegetarians covered too. There’s a Veggie Melt that’s loaded with artichoke hearts, smoked portabellas, caramelized onions, roasted red pepper, avocado, black olives, sprouts, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo. Or try the Portabella Philly. Unlike a regular Philly, it’s made with smoked portabella mushrooms, and there’s nothing regular about it. Nora’s tops theirs with roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, provolone, and herbed cream cheese. Then there’s the Tomato Reuben—a meatless Reuben made instead with tomatoes, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and 1000 Island dressing on marbled rye. With combinations this good, you won’t miss the meat, and vegetarians won’t have to skimp on an empty sandwich roll.
Nora’s fresh soups can cut through the coldest weather. They’re made fresh daily in flavors like Beef Barley, Tomato Basil Bisque, Broccoli Pepper Jack, Beer Cheese, Cream of Portabella, and more. The salad menu is simple, with four options. Two are built on a romaine base, the House Salad with tomato, red onion, carrot, and provolone, and the Club Salad which adds smoked turkey, ham, bacon, and Swiss. The other two salads start with spring mix. The Garden Salad includes carrots, tomatoes, red onions, artichoke hearts, black olives, portabella mushrooms, and provolone. The Nora’s Salad is a whole meal in a bowl. It’s spring mix topped with carrots, red onions, Craisins, tomato, provolone, and genoa salami that’s tossed in their house-made balsamic vinaigrette.
Nora’s has a kids menu too. It includes grilled cheese, PB&J, deli sandwiches in roast beef, turkey, ham, or salami, and each sandwich comes with chips and a soda. They’ll even make a tiny sandwich for kids under five.
Nora’s is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Nora’s is closed Mondays. They’ll be closed on March 17th when Dogtown celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day. The rest of the time, Nora’s is a great stop for lunch or dinner. Their wooden booths, blackboard menu, and art on the walls give this sandwich shop a playful feel. It’s a great spot for lunch with friends. Feel free to bring your laptop and get some work done using their free Wi-Fi. Or leave it at the office and relax with an old school peg board game. Fun and quirky, right? That’s Nora’s.
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