Afghan Grill (closed)
Unique mom-and-pop sits in a strip of North Dallas so far north, it's practically Plano. Familiar Middle Eastern dishes such as grilled kebobs, dolma and hummus are all done well. But the treasures are the unique international dishes rarely found 'round Dallas-Fort Worth, like mantoo, a delicate filled pasta, or qabili palao, a.k.a. qabili palau -- Afghanistan's national dish with rice, lentils, raisins and lamb. Sabzi, a Persian stew, has greens and kidney beans. Nicely appointed room matches the spices, with walls painted in coppery, saffron tones.
Afghan Grill is the older sibling of Nora Restaurant, which opened in mid-2012 on Greenville Avenue.