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Mom’s Cafe (Carrollton, Tx.)

This morning we went for Sunday breakfast at one of our favorite hole-in-the-wall spots in town.  As we sat, waiting for our food (which turned out to be more like brunch, since we went at noon), I thought to myself, “Now why haven’t I ever done a write-up on this place?”  We’ve been there tons of times, and I don’t know if we’ve ever gotten anything that we haven’t liked.

The menu is very cut and dry, as it is straightforward, homestyle cooking like you would get at your mom’s or grandma’s.  We go there almost exclusively for breakfast on the weekends, but have eaten lunch a couple of times, and enjoyed it just as much as breakfast.

The offerings are pretty basic, but there is something for pretty much everyone.  Classic buttermilk pancakes – one type, one style.  For less than a dollar extra, however, you can add pecans or bananas to your pancakes and they will not only cook them into your batter, but also serve them atop your stack.  This morning I had pancakes with bananas, and was quite pleased when they arrived to find them cooked into the pancake as well as stacked on top.  They also have one other type of pancake dish, called Branson’s Saddlebags – a pairing of pancake with breakfast meat(s) that equals AMAZING.  In this order, there is one pancake with sausage cooked into the batter, along with one pancake with bacon cooked into the batter.  They are served atop one another, with a braised egg on top of the pancake stack; slap some butter on the pancakes and drizzle maple syrup atop the whole thing, and you have sweet, savory, salty altogether in every bite.  This dish may not be the most dietetic that is out there, but it is worth the carb-blowing treat every once in a while!

If you’re not a pancake fan, they have most breakfast stand-bys and standard fare:  eggs, waffles, French toast, biscuits and gravy, grits, omelets made-to-order, Eggs Benedict, corned beef hash and eggs.  They have breakfast meats, of course:  bacon, sausage, ham, corned beef.  I’m sure that I’m forgetting something, but you get the idea.  I have had eggs in pretty much every way that they make them, and the French toast is amazingly good – made from Texas Toast sized bread, cooked to perfection, and sprinkled slightly with cinnamon and powdered sugar.  Sometimes we put butter and syrup on it, sometimes we just eat it the way it comes!  The biscuits and gravy remind me of the kind that my grandmother made from scratch when I was a kid, every time our family all got together for holidays at her house:  biscuits baked from scratch, and white gravy with chunks of sausage cooked within its creamy yumminess.  I have had an omelet a couple of times, as has guests that I have taken to Mom’s with me; all agree that the omelets are amazing and pretty much made-to-order however you like it…but also HUGE.  I’ve never seen anyone finish an omelet at Mom’s.

Another aspect of Mom’s that I like is the fact that they also serve dishes that are sometimes considered outside the traditional, homestyle breakfast.  They serve Migas (scrambled eggs with tortilla strips, onions, tomatoes, and sometimes green peppers), Breakfast tacos (sausage/egg, steak/egg, bacon/egg), Machacas (these are basically migas with steak cooked in) served with tortillas and salsa, etc.  I have had all of these varieties and have yet to find anything bad to say about them.  Everything is cooked to order, so you are always assured that you are getting your order fresh, just-made, from the kitchen.  I’ve had the Eggs Benedict, which I was hesitant to order, but surprisingly pleased with the rich, full flavors of their Hollandaise sauce served over sliced ham and English Muffin.  On more than one other occasion, I have enjoyed the corned beef hash and scrambled eggs, which are cooked with diced onions – adding a salty savory flavoring combo that pairs well with juice.

As I mentioned before, we mainly frequent Mom’s for the amazing breakfast fare, but have on a couple of occasions ordered lunch while dining there.  I have had their catfish, which I found to be quite tasty – not over-breaded and not over-fried – and served with coleslaw and fried okra.  I have also been there at “brunchtime” and wanted breakfast while wanting lunch at the same time.  I ordered, one time, a fried egg burger (that is NOT on the menu), and they made it exactly to my specifications – once again another amazing meal.  The flavors of the hamburger – patty cooked perfectly, with mayo, lettuce, tomato – paired with the rich flavors of a fried egg over-medium created for me the perfect combination of breakfast and lunch.

The service is always fantastic, and we’ve been going there long enough now that the staff and servers know us when we walk into the door, where we are greeted with a wave, a “hi, come on in and sit down,” or even a hug from our favorite server and friend.  The prices are very affordable, as this is a no-nonsense hole-in-the-wall that is nestled in between a nail salon and a karate studio in a strip center.  You can take kids there and not have a problem finding something on the menu that they will like.  Tables and chairs, as well as booths, line the small space, plain but functional and lending to the old diner feel of the place.  They’ll provide you with never empty coffee, as well as water, soda, tea, or juice.  Definitely worth putting into your GPS and going to check them out – and don’t be surprised if you have to wait for a table on the weekends….the place is busier than most probably realize, judging from the average look to the place.  If you go, ask for Melissa, and tell them Tanya and Erikka sent you.

Mom’s Cafe  

3108 Old Denton Road, Suite #112 / Carrollton, Tx. 75007

Phone:  972.492.0004