(DALLAS) – This year, Norma’s Cafe, Dallas’ dining icon that has served DFW home cooking for more than 62 years, continues a 30 year long tradition as it opens its Oak Cliff doors on Thursday, Nov. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for its annual free Thanksgiving dinner.


Guests taking part in the free Thanksgiving dinner will be served a feast of holiday favorites, including turkey and dressing with giblet gravy and cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, English peas, salad, rolls, fruit and dessert. The free meal will only be available at the original Norma’s Cafe Oak Cliff location on 1123 W. Davis Street in Dallas. Guests are encouraged to arrive early, as thousands of meals will be served between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.


“It’s humbling to work with members of our community who have such a great passion for giving back to our Dallas neighbors who would otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving,” said Ed Murph, owner of Norma’s Cafe. “It’s hard to believe we served 100 free meals 30 years ago when we started this tradition, which has now turned into over 8,000 free meals to individuals, families, local homeless shelters and houses of worship. We truly could not accomplish this level of giving back without the incredible community of team members, partners and volunteers who have stood beside us throughout the years.”


To honor its 30th year, Norma’s Cafe has partnered with Dallas-based custom t-shirt design company, Bullzerk, to “Take a Slice Out of Hunger” with a t-shirt fundraiser. Norma’s Cafe custom Thanksgiving t-shirts will be sold online, at all five Norma’s Cafe locations and at Bullzerk locations for $23. All proceeds will be donated to CitySquare, a local non-profit that provides service programs for hunger, health, housing and hope across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. 


CitySquare is honored and grateful to be chosen by Norma’s Cafe for their annual Thanksgiving fundraiser,” said Larry James, CEO of CitySquare. “Money raised by the team at Norma’s will go right back into our community through the work our programs do to fight poverty here in Dallas.”

In addition to t-shirt sales, Norma’s Cafe guests have the opportunity to give back by purchasing an additional Mile-High Pie™ as part of their Thanksgiving meal order.


The 2018 Thanksgiving event is made possible in part by several generous sponsors, including Bullzerk, Ben E. Keith, Classic Caps and Embroidery, Centennial Radiator Service, Community Coffee, Evan’s Engraving, Buckhead Beef, Hill Country Dairy, Mrs. Baird’s, and Varidoc Printing.


For more information about the Norma’s Cafe on W. Davis Street, Dallas Parkway, Park Lane, Plano or in Frisco, having Norma’s Cafe cater your next meal or ordering its famous Mile-High Pies™, call (972) 820-5871 or visit


About Norma’s Cafe

Norma's Cafe is a Dallas home cooking institution. Founded in 1956, Norma's Cafe serves up hot, fresh, and savory home-style meals, with a sinful Texan flare, which are sure to make your mouth water. The original location has been operating in Oak Cliff for more than 60 years. Norma’s Cafe has three other locations located in North Dallas, Park Lane and Frisco, as well as its newest cafe located in Plano. Norma's Cafe is the rare type of cafe that one can stop by for a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a full-on family meal and leave equally satisfied. Norma's Cafe staples include big breakfasts, characterized by fluffy biscuits and gravy, satisfying dinners with award-winning chicken fried steak, and homemade, Mile-High Pies™ for dessert. Norma’s Cafe is the one, the only, the original.


About Bullzerk

Bullzerk is a hyper-local shop that allows our community to publicly display their Dallas Pride in a humorous way while giving back to this amazing city.


About CitySquare

CitySquare fights the causes and effects of poverty through service, advocacy and friendship. Working together as a community for almost three decades, CitySquare feeds the hungry, heals the sick, houses the homeless and renews hope through 17 unique programs. For more information, visit


T: 214.303.2100


CitySquare 4000 East Side Dallas, Texas 75226

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