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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Saturday, October 6, 2012 12:43 AM

Mecca Migas
The Mecca moved to a new location in Dallas last month, but the sassy waitresses are still bringing their customers the largest cinnamon rolls in the state, as well as first-class plates of migas (pictured above from the review). This weekend on The Splendid Table, Jane and Michael Stern discuss The Mecca with Lynne Rossetto Kasper. You can hear the show on your local public radio station. The Sterns' segment, and Lynne's entire show, are also available online.


(In preface, my wife had refused to leave the car when I attempted several years ago to have breakfast at their old location on the Harry Hines. So, I insisted we try the fabled Mecca only a few days after they re-opened).

So, we visited the "new" Mecca a few weeks ago on a lovely Sunday morning. There was a line of (genuine) L-V, Prada, and Coach-toting women with their well-groomed, plain-dressed men at the door, so Mrs. Metro's felt very comfortible with her usual Chanel; our vehicle didn't stand out in all the various Benz, Rovers, Cadillacs, Lexus, etc. that lined the surrounding streets in their toney, ultra-safe new location in the Lakewood District of Dallas.

The owners "walked into" a beautiful build-out already done & paid for by owners of the failed, high-end sports bar that had previously occupied the location. Our waitress had been with them for years and was almost in tears as she expressed her joy at the change.

As they were still "shaking down" their new location, service was a little disorganized and slow but I am sure by now they are running smoothly. But the food was great, the portions huge, and the ambiance magnificent for that type of establishment. I can't wait to get there for dinner.

The only word of warning I would give to folks who, like us, have 'Northeastern' tastes is that the 'local specialties': CFS, the cinnamon bun that serves two, etc. are most definitely served for over-the-top Dallas sensibilities. After a few nibbles of the cinnamon roll (which was topped with at least two tablespoons of butter!) we ordered carefully so as to avoid "the excess" which is so enjoyed by the 'natives'.

And one final dollop of praise: due to the layout of the various seating areas the Mecca, the general noise level was actually civilized for a Texas establishment. I've had many a fine meal "down here" ruined by loud-talking men, incessently cackling women, and parents who do not properly mind their plentiful young. Thankful
Posted by MetroplexJim on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012 10:37 AM

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