Norma’s Cafe 60th Birthday Celebration in Dallas


Norma’s Cafe
17721 N. Dallas Parkway, #130
Dallas, TX 75287


Ed Murph, Norma's CafeA Dallas icon just celebrated its 60th birthday! Happy birthday to YOU Norma’s Cafe! In 1956, Norma Manis opened her namesake cafe on Davis Street in Oak Cliff. For 60 years, Norma’s has been plating up quintessential comfort food. Some years later Oak Cliff native, Ed Murph, began eating at the cafe. He loved it so much that when he heard the cafe was for sale in 1986, he snapped it up.

Over the years many things have changed, and restaurants have come and gone, but one thing remains the same…if you want a great home-cooked meal, you can head to Norma’s and get just that. Norma’s is an institution in Dallas. And like most locals, it is a tradition passed down from one generation to another. I have been eating at Norma’s for too many years to say. I ate at Norma’s with my mother and have passed on the love of the food to my daughter.

On this 60th birthday, Norma’s took us back in time and served up three of their classics for $1.79 each. Eaters chose from either chicken fried steak, meatloaf or chicken and dressing served up with sides of green beans and mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh rolls, and cornbread. I was lucky enough to dine with Norma’s Marketing Director, Katy Anderson, for the event. What did we order? Well, chicken fried steak of course! It was perfect: juicy, tender Angus beef breaded and fried up crispy. I love that the creamy gravy is ladled into the center of the steak allowing the chicken fried edges to stay crunchy and yummy!chicken fried steak, green beans, mashed potatoes, cream gravy, Norma's Cafe, north Dallas, comfort food

A birthday celebration would not be complete without cake. A Birthday Cake Oreo Pie cake that is! Okay, wrap your head around this! A homemade pie crust with all its buttery perfection. Then pour in the filling you would use for a pecan pie, but instead of pecans throw in Birthday Cake Oreo Cookies. The Oreos are soft and chewy. It tastes like a party!birthday cake, Oreos, Norma's Cafe, Dallas

Norma's Cafe, Oak Cliff, Dallas, FriscoEd Murph and Norma’s employees are a family in itself. They treat each other like family; they treat their customers like family, and they treat the community like family. Norma’s gives back to the community by donating and volunteering for different organizations like The North Texas Food Bank, The Red Cross and The Happy Birthday Project, which provides birthday celebrations to children and families who are experiencing economic hardships.

So, what’s next for Norma’s? Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day on October 26, which Murph and an another chicken fried steak lover conceived a few years ago. In the meantime head over to Norma’s and get yourself a bellyful of greatness. Happy 60th Norma’s! It was a pleasure to celebrate with you!Norma's Cafe, chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, green beans, happy birthday

Norma’s has three locations: the original in Oak Cliff, Frisco, and North Dallas. They are opening a 4th café next month in Caruth Plaza at North Central Expressway and Park Lane.

Dawn Fisher

I have called Dallas my home for many years. This is a perfect city for a foodie. There are always new restaurants and food events going on. I was born in San Antonio, TX. The Texas hill country will always have a place in my heart. When I was young, I spent every summer at my grandparent’s house in a small town north of Corpus Christi. They owned a restaurant and I spent many hours in that restaurant enjoying the food and the people. On Monday’s, when the restaurant was closed, my grandparent’s and I would drive to all the small towns and try new restaurants and visit some old joints. I learned to not only appreciate food as life-sustaining but also as a form of conviviality and fellowship. I love traveling and immersing myself in the food and culture. I have been blessed to travel to Europe and many places stateside. When I am not teaching school, I am busy whittling away at my restaurant bucket list, updating my food and travel blog, Fenomenale, writing travel experiences for Guidrr and spending time with family and my sweet dog. I am pumped to be joining Girls on Food. So let’s have fun and eat it up!

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