Our Awards

In a city with thousands of restaurants, Norma’s Cafe has been fortunate enough to win awards, and here are just a few.


Best Diner- Reader’s Choice– Dallas Observer
Best Breakfast and Brunch– Dallas Advocate
Best Southern and Homestyle Cooking– Plano Magazine
Corporate Citizenship Award Finalist: Leadership Excellence– D CEO Magazine
Corporate Social Responsibility Award Winner– D CEO Magazine
Best Dallas Restaurant– Lux Magazine


President’s Volunteer Service Award – The White House
Certificate of Appreciation – Dallas Park and Recreation Department
Best Diner – Dallas Voice
Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Oak Cliff – D Magazine
100 Favorite Dishes in Dallas – Norma’s Cafe Ol’ No.7 – Dallas Observer
Best Chicken Fried Steak – Reader’s Choice – Dallas Observer
Best Diner – Reader’s Choice – Dallas Observer


Best Pies of Dallas – Dallas Eater
Best Breakfasts in Dallas – D Magazine
Dallas’ Finest Chicken Fried Steaks – Dallas Eater
Best Cafe of Dallas – Three Best Rated of Everything
The Best Diner in Texas – American Express
13 Best Pies in Dallas-Fort Worth – Zagat
The Favorite Breakfast – Addison Magazine
The Best Breakfast/Brunch – The Advocate
Best Chicken Fried Steaks in Dallas – Thrillist
Best Things to Drench in Ranch Dressing – Zagat
Best Dallas Breakfast Restaurants – Dallas Eater


The Best Hangover Cure – Dallas Observer
Dallas’ Most Decadent Chocolate Desserts – Zagat
Best Fried Okra – Dallas ObserverMost Iconic Dishes to Try Before You Die – Dallas Eater
The Best Pie in Texas – Yahoo Travel
Classic Restaurants Every Dallasite Should Try – Dallas Eater
One of Twelve Best Diners in Texas – Only In Your State
Best Patty Melt Burgers – Dallas Eater
The Best Diner – Dallas Observer
Best Inexpensive Date Spots – Culture Map


The Best Diner – Frisco Enterprise
Readers’ Choice Best Diner – Dallas Observer


Best Pie – D Magazine
Best Cobbler – D Magazine
The Best Greasy Spoon – Dallas Observer


The Best Breakfast – The Dallas Observer
The Best Chicken Fried Steak – Dallas Observer
Best Breakfast in Carrollton Leader


Oak Cliff People Best Breakfast
America’s Best Bites Best Breakfast featuring Biscuits and Gravy


“Hall of Fame Honor Inductee”: Ed Murph, Norma’s Cafe owner – Texas Restaurant Association
“100 Favorite Dishes”: Norma’s Cafe Meatloaf – Dallas Observer
“Best Big Breakfast in Texas” – Travel Channel
“Best Breakfast” – D Magazine
“Best Home-Style Restaurant” – Dallas Observer


“Best Neighborhood Restaurant” – D Magazine
Best Neighborhood Restaurant, Oak Cliff – D Magazine


“Restaurant Neighbor Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Community” – National Restaurant Association
“Best Chicken-Fried Steak / Best Big Breakfast in Texas” – Travel Channel
“Best Home-Style Restaurant” – Dallas Observer


“Norma’s Cafe Day” – Proclaimed by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller on May 15, 2006 in recognition of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary


“Best Neighborhood Restaurant” – National Restaurant Association


“Best Passport to 1956” – Dallas Observer


“Best Comfort Food” – Dallas Observer


“Best Home-Style Restaurant” – Dallas Observer


“Best Home-Style Restaurant” – Dallas Observer

Norma’s Cafe Day was proclaimed by Dallas Mayor Laura Miller for May 15, 2006 in recognition of the restaurant’s 50th anniversary. In 2017, Norma’s Cafe received the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the White House and President Obama for our commitment to serving our community. That same year, Norma’s Cafe received the Certificate of Appreciation from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department for our partnership with multiple facilities and countless donations.

Community Partner Award

The Norma’s Cafe Community Partner Award recognizes an unsung hero in the Dallas-Fort Worth community that shares the vision and mission that Norma’s Cafe follows, which is giving back to people in need. The annual award coincides with Random Acts of Kindness Day and will be awarded to an individual in the DFW community that exerts passion for giving back and helping others.

Norma’s Cafe encourages guests to nominate worthy candidates for the 2018 Norma’s Cafe Community Partner Award by submitting a nomination below. Each nomination will be reviewed and selected by the Norma’s Cafe team for next year’s winner. The selected winner will receive recognition and a donation to a charity of their choice. Nomination period will close January 2018.