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The Mecca has a new home in East Dallas. Things inside the old pub have changed, but not too much. The black and white tile floor pops against the old, brown woodwork and freshly painted, yellow walls. The original private booths and stained glass have been retained, now supplemented with repourposed benches and tables from the old Mecca space. The dark wooden bar that used to serve Guinness drafts and bottles of beer remains intact and now is a stage for chicken-fried steak, burgers and breakfast plates, served all day.
Stopped by the new digs on Live Oak. Seemed very relaxed and casual just like I like by restaurants. I had the Patty Melt and a salad, my date had the burger and seasoned fries both were very good. 1/2 lb burgers cooked medium, there were both juicy and a little messy and delicious. This was our first trip to Mecca and we thought it was great addition to the neighborhood. They said they hope to get their liquor license the first of next year, until then it's byob.
Man, I don't know what happened to this place. We were regulars there for over 15 years. About 5 or so years ago, they changed owners 2 or 3 times & you could tell the difference. Thankfully they kept a majority of the staff & the new manager, a blonde, 45-50ish, was great. They started to send out coupons & had some great deals like "team jersey day." Parties of 4 or more that wore their teams jersey/t-shirt & got a free cinnamon roll (which was the size of the entire plate). Unfortunatley, the quality of the food went down considerably. Then I'll never forget walking in one Saturday & about 1/2 of the "art" that makes The Mecca what it is, was gone! Great, the walls had been painted, but losing the framed menu's, pictures of customers, reviews, newspaper articles & the picture of the orginal owners who owned it for decades was gone. We kept going back & giving it a try once a month or so for the better part of 2-3 years, but it never was the same. The new manager left, the wait staff changed alot, the service & quality of food became so bad, that we just stopped eating there.
When I interviewed Cheryl Hurt after a reader tipped me off that The Mecca would be moving to East Dallas, the closing date and plans for their last dinner service were still up in the air. I promised... More »
Alex Nham travels the globe, mainly the part with Dallas on it, in search of new places to eat breakfast. My breakfast credibility may have been questioned for not coming here yet, but I just didn't ... More »
Far as we know, the storied North Dallas breakfast spot humbly named Mecca doesn't really serve 20-pound cinnamon rolls. Not yet, anyway. Update: They were closed last night when I called, but as Daw... More »
Doors held open for me count: 2 Temperature of restaurant: 30 below zero with a slight chance of "holy crap my nose just froze off of my face" So, yesterday my stomach and I were having a debate about what I was going to eat for lunch. My... More »
When The Mecca announced its most recent move to East Dallas from the west side of town on Harry Hines Boulevard, the announcement carried a bit of extra news. The diner that's as old as dirt would kick off dinner service for the first time since opening in 1938. Breakfast all day had been a favorite at the greasy spoon that served up eggs through lunch time, but the expansion into dinner service meant that well after sunset you could get two sunny-side up alongside a savory piece of steak... More »
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