Stop in for Norma's Café's 61st birthday party and grab one of their famous pies. Photo by Kevin Marple.


The Scoop: Dallas Mavericks Introduce the Dirkwurst, Norma’s Expands, and More

Your weekly helping of Dallas dining news.

There’s not always enough time in the day to skim a lengthy, re-worded press release that’s been stamped with “breaking” or “exclusive.” And some stories don’t warrant an entire page of prose. Each week we’ll gather the most important tidbits of Dallas food news and post them here, on SideDish. Because sometimes all you need is the scoop.

Dallas Mavericks introduce the Dirkwurst: In celebration of Dirk Nowtizki’s 30,000 career points, the Dallas Mavericks and Senior Executive Chef Mark Mabry of Levy introduce a foot-long bratwurst topped with German mustard and pickled red cabbage on a Bavarian pretzel bun. The dog costs $14.50 and can be found at the Dallas Chopping Block Concession stand across from section 120 on the main concourse.

Late night at Moxie’s Bar & Grill: The Canadian-based restaurant, located in The Crescent, offers a full restaurant and bar menu Sunday through Wednesday until midnight and Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m. Get that late-night poutine fix.

Norma’s Café to open Plano location: The popular diner is expanding into Plano this summer. According to the release:

“Situated off of West 15th Street and Central Expressway, and similar to the most recently opened location on Park Lane, the Plano cafe will be a modernized update of the original Norma’s Cafe on West Davis in the Bishop Arts District. This location is the fifth to open in DFW and the first to open in the Plano area…The Plano location is about 5,340 square feet and will seat 145 guests in the normal dining area. New to Norma’s Cafe, the Plano location will include a private dining room that can be reserved for special events such as business meetings, church gatherings, rehearsal dinners, receptions and more. The private dining area includes an outdoor patio space and can serve approximately 50 guests. Reservations can be made through the cafe or catering department. More information regarding the private dining area will be announced in the coming months.”

The Rustic offers picnic baskets: As of March 20, The Rustic is offering specialty picnic baskets. According to the release:

“For just $16.95 per person, the basket will be packed with a serape blanket, seasonal fruit, smoked potato chips and assorted dips, smoked turkey & white cheddar on buttered ciabatta, ham & smoked cheddar on buttered baguette along with a few scrumptious dessert jar creations like the famous Banana Puddin’ jar.”