Eat More: Norma’s Cafe
Eat More: Norma’s Cafe
Norma’s Cafe originally opened in Oak Cliff in 1956, and today is owned by Ed Murph. Ed grew up near Oak Cliff and frequently visited Norma’s after school with his friends. Back then, Norma’s was the after school hangout spot for Adamson High School students. This nostalgia stuck with Ed and in 1986 when Norma’s became for sale, he jumped at the opportunity to make the diner his own. Since then, Ed has grown the business over the years and now owns four locations: North Dallas Trinity Mills (2009), Frisco (2013), Park Lane (2016), and a new Plano location, with a private dining area and patio, set to open this month! Even with the growth and expansion, not much has changed since the beginning. Customers can still sit down in their Texas flag booth and order up a Mile-High Pie, that tastes just as delicious as it did back when Norma’s first opened. My personal favorite is their chocolate with their mile-high meringue. Amazingly, the recipe hasn’t changed since 1956! Another favorite on their menu is the chicken fried steak.
Life is short, so eat dessert first and then give some of their other home-cooked dishes a try!
I also had the opportunity to sit down with Norma’s Marketing Director, Katy Anderson who shared with me their history and what they’re up to today. I originally went in thinking that this blog would mainly be about good old southern comfort food. However, I came out realizing Dallas needed to hear about all the work Norma’s Cafe does for our DFW community. Norma’s give-back mentality starts in house, where their employees are more like family. They offer college scholarship opportunities, employees meet and marry creating “Norma babies,” and the company's accountant is now married to the general manager of the North Dallas location. The family love continues to other important organizations in the community, like their Birthday Party Project. They throw birthday parties for children in homeless shelters. Every day of the week they are making a difference, whether it be donating food to schools, helping support local groups like the Miracle League of Frisco (an organization that gives special needs children the chance to play sports), or assisting with events for service members. Ed has family ties to the military, so giving back to the men and women in service, and their families, is very close to his heart. The Norma’s team also received The President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious award given to organizations that are committed to strengthen our nation and communities through volunteer service.
Another thing Norma’s has become famous for is their witty and hilarious t-shirts! My personal favorite is their t-shirt inspired by the 2016 election. The brilliant tee features the words, “I’m going to Vote Democratic/Vote Republican…EAT AT NORMAS CAFE.” I’d also like to share with you a few facts you might have not know about Norma’s Cafe: they’re all BYOB, they have a full time catering concierge, they’ve been using local products before farm to table became cool with the hipsters! Also, their delicious bread comes from our very own local bakery: Village Baking Company! Hope y’all head over to Norma’s Cafe for delicious eats, support local, and improve our community all while bringing good Texas home cooking to DFW. For more information check out their website: (http://www.normascafe.com)