A retro diner's oversized booths and oversized pies have long been a beacon of hope for Americans dumped after prom or frowny clowns looking for new novelty-sized props. Take refuge in the crispy crust of an old-fashioned eatery with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of classic diner eats at Norma's Cafe at either the West Davis Street or Dallas Parkway locations. The Dallas Observer named Norma's Cafe the city's Best Home-Style Restaurant in 2007.
Bacon-covered burgers, chili-cheese-soaked fries, turkey-stacked sandwiches, syrup-slathered pancakes, and meat-melded comfort food dance across the pages of Norma's breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. Welcome the sun back to its rightful place atop the sky's throne with a three-egg Spanish omelet (with onions, bell peppers, cheese, and salsa; $5.50). Or ease into the evening with chicken-fried steak ($6.95), which is "as big as the plate it’s served on, and with a good, crunchy crust," according to D magazine. But Norma's real forte is her thick slices of mile-high cream or fruit pie; some say they're the best this side of the Mason-Dixon Line (there is one better pie directly on the Mason-Dixon line, but it's covered with bees).
While forks dive into soft pies, diners dive into Norma's soft American flag-printed booths and prop their elbows on shiny retro tables. Though different Norma's locations vary in their décor details, most have classic '50s dinette furniture complemented by hanging sculptures of pop-culture artifacts, such as a flying horse or vintage soapbox car. Click here to see some photos.
Valid at the West Davis Street or Dallas Parkway locations only.
Norma's Cafe on West Davis Street won Best Home-Style Restaurant in 2007 from the Dallas Observer. The multi-location cafe has received great press, including features in D magazine and in the Dallas Morning News:
- It's the sort of place where customers come every single day, where the waitress doesn't even have to ask some of the regulars what they want. You really can't go wrong at Norma's – Dallas Observer
- You can get breakfast all the time, and that’s not a bad idea; their fried potatoes have an addictive crunch. – Teresa Gubbins, D magazine
- The place is a typical diner, red booths, counter service, waitresses that span the ages, and regulars who are greeted by name when they come and go.... a great neighborhood diner as diners should be. – Kathryn E.