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New Year's Day Traditions: DFW Restaurants Serving up Black-Eyed Peas

Guarantee Yourself Some Good Luck and Good Food

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Black-eyed peas are the quintessential good-luck food if you eat them on New Year's Day in the south. My traditional New Year's Day fare includes black-eyed peas, cornbread, bacon and fried potatoes. My grandmother and I used to can -- as in pressure cook -- black-eyed peas that we shelled ourselves in the summertime and we enjoyed them all winter long. Peas are often served with cornbread, jalapeno peppers or collard greens as part of a family tradition.

Today you can find black-eyed peas in the freezer at a supermarket or they are already prepared at your favorite restaurants. The most likely place to find the luck-bearing pea is at one of DFW's "Comfort Food" restaurants. Here are a few who serve that lucky lentil. Happy New Year and good luck!

1. The Black-Eyed Pea

Of course the namesake restaurant serves up Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day. Enjoy a big bowl of good luck and cornbread for only $3.99. But factor in some wait time -- it's usually very busy on January 1. I have a friend who dines at The Black-Eyed Pea every January 1st. Don't you love a good tradition? Locations in Arlington, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Hurst, Mesquite, Plano and Rockwall.

2. Cotton Patch Cafe

Cotton Patch Cafe is a comfort-food restaurant that serves up a side dish of black-eyed peas for $1.99 or a bowl with cornbread for only $3.99. And there's nothing wrong with enjoying their hot rolls instead of cornbread. (They are so good). Sign up for their Eclub (for free) and receive a free appetizer and they will email you offers and exclusive discounts. Locations throughout DFW.

3. Celebration

Since New Year's Day falls on a Sunday this year, Celebration's dinner menu will be served all day from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. You can order a veggie plate for $9.99 and get all the black-eyed peas and cornbread you'll need for a year's worth of good luck. You can't go to a place named "Celebration" and have a bad time. Located at 4503 W. Lovers, Dallas, TX 75206. 214-351-5681.

4. The Dixie House

No matter what you order, The Dixie House will give you a little shot of good luck (a mini shot of black-eyed peas) all day long on New Year's Day with any order (dine in or take out). So even if you forget, they will ensure that you have some good luck in 2012 with a small complimentary shot of the veggie. A side of black-eyed peas is $1.99 and a bowl is $3.99. Located at 6400 Gaston Ave., Dallas, TX 75214. 214-826-2412.

5. Norma's Cafe

Black-eyed peas are always on the menu at Norma's but don't pass up the Chicken Fried Steak. A bowl of black-eyed peas is served with cornbread for $3.89 or you can order it as a side dish. Save room for some Mile High Cream Pie. Locations at 1123 W. Davis Street, Dallas, TX 75208. 214-946-4711 and 17721 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 130, Dallas, TX 75287. 972-380-8646.

6. Buttons Food and Music

Buttons is known for food and music for the soul. A Sunday Jazz Brunch is set for New Year's Day for $22 and you can eat all the black-eyed peas your heart desires. The gospel jazz entertainment is a real bonus. Locations in Fort Worth, Addison and DeSoto.

7. Recipe for Hoppin' John

If you don't want to fight the New Year's Day crowds at local restaurants, then why not make your own black-eyed peas? It's very easy; you don't have to be Martha Stewart to create this New Year's Day traditional meal. Try out this recipe for Hoppin' John. Peas and rice, that's nice. Eat it for lunch and dinner for twice the good luck.
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