In June of 1956, Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel” topped the charts, “The King and I,” starring Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr was out in theaters and R.L. Thornton was mayor of Dallas. And Norma’s Cafe opened its doors in Oak Cliff, selling chicken fried steak dinners with all the fixings for less than $2.
The now-iconic dining institution with five area locations celebrates its 65th anniversary on June 23 with prices inspired by the past on three of its famous Blue Plate Specials. Dine-in guests can order Chicken Fried Steak, Chicken and Dressing, or Meatloaf, including mashed potatoes and green beans, for just $1.79, while supplies last.
While we’re still feeling the effects of the pandemic, there is never a shortage of chicken fried steak in Texas. Times may be tough, but we still find comfort in this comfort food.
A chicken fried steak is a cut of tenderized that is battered and fried, crafted in a way to appear similar to a piece of fried chicken. It is a southern staple with a rich history in Texas. October 26th is Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day, and this year marks the sixth anniversary of the event.
This year, Norma’s Cafe, Dallas’ dining icon that has served DFW home cooking for more than 63 years, continues a 31 year long tradition as it opens its Oak Cliff doors on Thursday, Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its annual free Thanksgiving dinner.
Guests taking part in the free Thanksgiving dinner will be served a feast of holiday favorites, including turkey and dressing with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, English peas, salad, rolls, fruit and dessert. The free meal will only be available at the original Norma’s Cafe Oak Cliff location on 1123 W. Davis Street in Dallas. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as thousands of meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Continue reading →
Generations have celebrated certain restaurants in Dallas, enjoying the cuisine that made Dallas strong and certainly has given it character. Today we pay homage to a select handful of these Dallas classics and hope you will continue to enjoy them as time honors them with continued success.
I recall some old favorites including Zeider Zee, The Beefeater, Prince of Burgers and Southern Kitchen. Perhaps you have some memories of restaurants that come to mind. Continue reading →
Dallas dining icon, Norma’s Cafe, will partner with Special Olympics Texas on Wednesday, May 22 for the sixth annual Law Enforcement Torch Run’s Tip-A-Cop event. This year’s event is in honor of Sergeant Brad Freis, a former Addison Police Department officer who passed away last July. Sergeant Freis was actively involved with Special Olympics Texas and helped raise millions of dollars for the organization.
Sergeant Freis spent 38 years as a motor officer, sergeant and mentor with the Addison Police Department, and after his retirement, he remained actively involved with the department and surrounding community through Special Olympics Texas. He was a member of the organization’s Presidents Advisory Council, ran and organized the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, and represented Texas at a Special Olympics World Games Final Leg. He was inducted into the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Hall of Fame in July 2016. Continue reading →
The big day is upon us and we are celebrating Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day in a large fashion this year. To prepare we visited the best diners and cafes throughout the state to bring you a special selection we found delicious. We have broken down our list by neighborhood so that you might find the very best in your area. But feel free to travel outside you zone and sample them all! Continue reading →