Pulling up to Mami Nora’s on Davidson Ave, I was getting a good feeling already… “This is it! My fave, ‘hole in the wall’, diamond in the rough!” I exclaimed to Foodie. However, Joe was well beyond chit-chat and conversation, bee-lining straight for the door. Once inside, even I became transfixed by the amazing rotisserie smell permeating the air, and was eager to get down to business.
Standing at the counter, reading the menu items on the overhead board, I thoroughly enjoyed soaking in the warm, bright, homey atmosphere. I think I was even tapping my toes. Rotisserie is sold ¼ White/Dark, $4.99, ½ Chicken, $6.99, or Whole Chicken $11.99. All meals come with two sides which include rice, black beans, French fries, chicken soup, yucca fries, sweet plantains, house salad and coleslaw. Sides can be purchased individually, REG $1.99, LRG $3.50.
Foodie was adamant about ordering the whole chicken. We picked yucca fries and tostones (plantains) as our complimentary two, and purchased black beans and coleslaw in addition.
I would have been happy to eat in the cozy atmosphere and sample one of the Central/South American juice options. However, the Golden Globes were on TV, and hey, I’m a girl, I wanted to check out the gowns. Rushing home, with the rotisserie smell filling our car, I worried that Foodie would not be able to survive the seven minute ride without going into convulsions or chomping on a chicken thigh.
Enough said. The food was good. The chicken was really out of this world, i.e. everything you want rotisserie to be, succulent, flavorful, juicy and tender. Quoting Foodie, “You can’t get better rotisserie than this.” The plantains were a crispy treat, and the yucca fries were a nice variation of French fries, complimented by the yellow (think aioli) and green (spicy, green chili, cilantro) dipping sauces. And, I know it’s coleslaw, but that was good too. I wanted to eat the whole container as it was a really nice, cooling compliment to the savory chicken.
Yup, Foodie and I liked, loved Mami Nora’s. It’s my kind of food… inexpensive, tasty, quality, goodness that only your mamma or “Mami” could have cooked.
302 Davidson Avenue
Durham, NC 27704