Norma’s Cafe

Diner | Pie Shop
Worth a detour

“Pie Fixes Everything,” advises a sign hanging above Norma’s dining room. Of all the varieties, I like peanut butter chocolate best. It is an exquisite balance of its complimentary elements, neither layer hogging attention, both cool and silky, their frothy white crown dotted with enough nutmeat to provide flavor and crunch.

Biscuits look bogus — too perfectly tan on top — but they are true. Loaded with gnarled chunks of sausage, the gravy you can get to top them is light on pepper and heavy on cream. When you order a chicken-fried steak, gravy comes in a separate bowl for you to pour on the steak or dip forkfuls as you wish. The hale crust on this chicken-fried steak, which is an agreeably tenderized slab of meat, doesn’t wilt or soften even after it is smothered with gravy. It retains crunch and lardy luxury that elevates the dish’s cheap-meat essence into something admirable.

Dining alone, I took a seat at the counter, which turned out to be an excellent choice; for here I got to palaver with nearly all of the waitstaff and also look into the kitchen’s pass-through window, where cooks were busy cutting up fatback for cooking vegetables, icing cinnamon buns, and seasoning pots of soup and gravy destined to be lunch.

There are a handful of other Norma’s around the Metroplex. The Norma’s in Farmer’s Branch is not related.

What to Eat
Norma’s Cafe, Pie
Norma's meringue pies are impressive. This tall beauty is peanut butter chocolate, its silky cool layers so beautifully abetted by their ethereal crown and its scattering of crunchy nutmeat.
Norma’s Cafe, Chicken Fried Steak
Chicken Fried Steak
A real Lone Star cafe breakfast: chicken fried steak, a pair of sunnyside-up eggs, hash browns, pepper gravy, and biscuits. In the background: my check, delivered with the meal.
Norma’s Cafe, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Nice spuds, although next time I am going to ask the waitress (hoping she won't hit me) to have them well-done. Those crunchy outside parts are divine.
Norma’s Cafe, Migas
The migas is a combination of scrambled eggs, cut up bits of tortilla, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, onions, jack and cheddar cheese. In the background is the crispy hash browns and the homemade salsa. A couple of hot tortillas came on the side.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday7 am - 8 pm
Monday6 am - 8 pm
Tuesday6 am - 8 pm
Wednesday6 am - 8 pm
Thursday6 am - 8 pm
Friday6 am - 8 pm
Saturday6 am - 8 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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