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The Mecca

5815 Live Oak Street, Dallas, TX - (214) 352-0051
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/20/2012 5:48:00 AM
It would be hard not to enjoy oneself at this restaurant. The banter of the waitresses will put all but the most determined sourpuss into a good mood. Just after six am, when the Mecca opens, Ashley apologizes for not having coffee on the table within ten seconds of my seat hitting the bench: "I'm still defrosting, Hon."

Another waitress, seeing I am dining solo, asks, "You waiting on a joiner, sweetheart?"

A third walks in for work calling, "Happy Saturday! Let's rock. Let's drive everybody crazy!"

When Ashley brings a cinnamon roll to my table, I graduate from being Hon' or Sweetheart: "Here you go, Love."

The roll is astonishing, one of the biggest, filling out most of a standard dinner plate, slathered with frosting, oozing melted margarine, stuffed with cinnamon and sugar, tall enough that knife and fork are required.

Everything you eat at the Mecca is maximized. Migas are hugely hearty, loaded with (optional) chorizo; the refried beans that come alongside are laced with strips of pork, mostly fat, that melt into piggy slurry in nearly every forkful. Chicken-fried steak comes with thick pepper cream gravy. Biscuits are nearly as significant as the cinnamon roll.

Although the restaurant motto is "Waking up Dallas since 1938," lunch also is served. The menu includes catfish, chicken, and chicken liver baskets, sandwiches (including grilled pimiento cheese), and, of course, daily blue plate specials as well as made-to-order milk shakes.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Migas (with Chorizo)
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The Mecca's cinnamon roll is big enough to split among two, or maybe four. It provides a full meal's worth of knife-and-fork excavation.
"The Mecca's cinnamon roll is big enough to split among two, or maybe four. It provides a full meal's worth of knife-and-fork excavation."
Michael Stern





Migas literally means crumbs, but The Mecca's Migas is a virtual breakfast tsunami of ingredients including, along with the eggs and corn tortilla strips, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, cheese and, in this case, hunks of spicy chorizo sausage. Those refried beans at the upper left are terrific.
"Migas literally means crumbs, but The Mecca's Migas is a virtual breakfast tsunami of ingredients including, along with the eggs and corn tortilla strips, diced tomatoes, onions, peppers, cheese and, in this case, hunks of spicy chorizo sausage. Those refried beans at the upper left are terrific."
Michael Stern


The chicken fried steak, covered in a delicious cream gravy, is the type of breakfast that will fuel you for a busy day!
"The chicken fried steak, covered in a delicious cream gravy, is the type of breakfast that will fuel you for a busy day!"
Cliff Strutz


The gooey pimento cheese sandwich comes on extra thick Texas toast.  The thin, crunchy hand-breaded onion rings make an excellent side.
"The gooey pimento cheese sandwich comes on extra thick Texas toast. The thin, crunchy hand-breaded onion rings make an excellent side."
Cliff Strutz


Cordon Bleu cuisine? Not here! Diner fare extraordinaire? This is the place. The Mecca has since moved to a new location in a different part of town.
"Cordon Bleu cuisine? Not here! Diner fare extraordinaire? This is the place. The Mecca has since moved to a new location in a different part of town."
Michael Stern


Sunrise in Dallas at Mecca's old location on Henry Hines. The Mecca opens for breakfast at 6am, 8am on Sunday.
"Sunrise in Dallas at Mecca's old location on Henry Hines. The Mecca opens for breakfast at 6am, 8am on Sunday."
Michael Stern



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