Mecca Restaurant: Worth the trip for a cinnamon roll, not much else

Cinnamon, icing and butter always make a good combination, especially when topping a hearty, hot dough. I’ve recently heard the best place to go to get this creation is at Mecca Restaurant; so I made the pilgrimage to Harry Hines to indulge in the dessert breakfast.

Cinnamon roll at Mecca Restaurant./Photo: Taylor Adams

That’s not a salad plate holding that roll–that’s a full size plate that could fit a stack of pancakes. Worthy of splitting among six people, this cinnamon roll is over zealous for a table of two, but we went for it any way. It’s not often I order a cinnamon roll, because it would either have to take the place of my pancake order or come before it, neither of which are ideal. However, when I do, it’s too often that it arrives with a heap of butter melting from the cinnamon center down to the sides.

This one succeeds in all of your cinnamon roll expectations: soft dough covered with a sweet icing, a butter-filled taste with every break of the spiral and an intensifying cinnamon taste as you finally near the center. It is up to par with any excellent cinnamon roll, but it’s really known for its size–one that is truly unnecessarily large.

This was our “appetizer” (if it’s really appropriate to have a two-course breakfast) and also the high point. Our waitress was less-than friendly and attentive. The restaurant has a dirty feel about it, but with seats packed with locals and area school flags hanging from the walls, you’re assured the food’s delicious.

Aside from the cinnamon role are plenty of acceptable options on the breakfast menu, offered all day. Frances’ favorite seemed like a good choice to experience everything–the bacon and eggs were acceptable, nothing special. The pancakes (which I insisted on including bananas) were actually impressive, better than the Bisquick look-alikes I’ve found in some places lately.

Across from my table, however, sat an odd-colored omelette with biscuits and gravy. I’m not an omelette person, but Michael did let me try his biscuits and gravy. Whenever I don’t like something, I’ll taste it until I figure out exactly why. It was simply impossible to do with these. The gravy was fine, but perhaps I needed more gravy than biscuit with the bite to make it worthy of a second bite. The restaurant would have been better off with Bisquick for this one.

The only thing truly delicious here was the cinnamon roll, but with a decadent carmel pecan roll at Bread Winners, and so many other breakfast joints in this area, I won’t be making my journey to Mecca Restaurant again any time soon.

Mecca Restaurant
Location: 10422 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, 214-352-0051
Hours: Monday through Saturday, 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Price: $
Service: Adequate, not terribly friendly
Ambiance: Feels like a local diner (if Dallas had those)
Attire: Casual
Payment Information: Major credit cards accepted
Alcohol: None served
Seating: Indoor

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