Brockles Restaurant and Special Dressing

Remembering my Brockles Family, Restaurant, and Dressing

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My name is Jim Ellis.  I am the oldest grandchild of Andrew A. Brockles Sr.   The purpose of this site is to collect memories of my grandad, the restaurant, the salad dressing, and a little background on the family.


Written by Jim

August 23, 2007 at 6:55 pm

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  1. Hi! I am Alice. I worked as a waitress at Brockles Jr. Resturant during the summer of 1972 before I went off to college. Sophie was the manager then. Anyway, I married a preacher and we live in New Mexico. Over the years, I came up with a version of the dressing (which is my secret) and my family can’t get enough of it. I still eat it occassionally on crackers which could account for my “girlish figure” now. LOL!!!!

    I heard that the Brockles Jr. burned down a couple years ago….and that another/different restuarant was built in its place.

    Good to see this site. Take care!!

    Alice (Woods) Smith

    November 8, 2007 at 3:16 pm

  2. Jim, I remember the Dallas restaurants Brockles and Jr during my youth; but I have the fondest memories of the Special Dressing and up into my adult years I bought a jar of Brockles Special Dressing weekly and more for special occasions. We loved it and still do. . . Reading your site is a sweet dedication to the famous family and I think I even remember seeing you grandfather. I was not aware of the other sauces that were made but seeing the label made me smile; I could almost taste the Special Dressing on a cracker. There was another small diner in Oak Cliff on S Lancaster called Arthur’s you could go inside and get great fried chicken or sit in your car and the carhop would bring your tray to you, but on every table and on every tray was a small clear glass of Brockles Special Dressing and crackers and also hot yeast rolls…those were the days!
    Lovingly Lana Young

    Lana Young

    November 8, 2007 at 8:47 pm

  3. Just came across the website and think it is wonderful. So far the history seems correct and the remainder is acting as filling for my memory. Just for the record, Basil (Bill), Sr. was my granddad … making Basil, Jr. (1922-2002) my dad … meaning Basil (Bill) III is my brother.

    My siblings and I have been thinking about making a small (50+ gallons) batch of the dressing to see if it could be done as well as the original brothers did. Will keep you informed as to our progress.

    Love to all of the family,


    Thomas Arthur Brockles

    March 17, 2008 at 8:46 pm

  4. Thanks for commenting, Thom. I added you to the family tree under the Greek Connection tab. If you would like me to add other siblings or other info, just let me know through email address in right sidebar.

    Our best to you and yours,


    March 18, 2008 at 6:08 am

  5. My family loved your dressing we had to have it in our home at all times. My Mom ran out one time, Pop asked why, she said the price went up he said he diden’t care if it was 5.00 a jar that he liked it an she should buy it anyhow. This must have happned in the early 60’s. I am 58 and am still craving for the stuff there is still nothing like it on the market. I Now work with one of the next generation of the Brookshier Supermarket Clan I bet I could get the chain to carry it. let me Know if you go back into production.

    Gary Frauman

    March 23, 2008 at 2:29 pm

  6. Thanks for the memories, Gary. However, no plans for producing the dressing again at this time.


    March 30, 2008 at 12:19 pm

  7. Hi Jim!

    What a wonderful discovery, finding your website! My siblings and I were born in Dallas (I in 1962), and we moved to California shortly after my 10th birthday in 1972. We used to have some dear friends ship us a case of Brockles (fabulous) Dressing every so often until it was no longer available.

    I’m going to make a batch for my brother and sister for each of their birthdays. They’ll get such a kick out of it! Do you happen to have a larger version of the label I could reproduce and put on their birthday gifts?

    Jim, you’ve done a tremendous job on this website. It has brought back fond memories and even produced a tear or two. What a great part of my family’s history Brockles was.

    Thank you for this wonderful gift!

    David Tomb

    January 15, 2009 at 7:42 pm

  8. Growing up in Irving, nothing was better on a hamburger or sandwich than Brockles Special Dressing.
    Can’t wait to try the recipe.


    March 25, 2009 at 5:49 pm

  9. Jimmy –

    I graduated from Woodrow in ’66 ( same year as Chester and I guess a year after Billy ). I had forgotten the Ellis boys were in the Brockles Family Tree (long time and lots of water under the bridge). I got a hankering for some “B.S.D.” and wondered if it was still available. Sadly, it is not but I will try to make some per your recipe. . . GREAT WEB SITE !

    Tim Pollard

    November 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

  10. I truly appreciated your website. I had been looking into my geneology and had not had a great deal of success. You not only captured the Xs and Os, but also told the family story I’d heard so many times. It was a joy to read.

    Rex Putnam

    December 20, 2009 at 5:42 pm

  11. Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your effort on this website. I posted a reminiscence on the Greek Connection, but it seemed appropriate to just say Thank You right here.

    Fred Pascoe

    December 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

  12. Glad you found the website, cousin Fred. Thanks for the comments.


    December 30, 2009 at 8:04 am

  13. Hi My Mom made cole slaw using Brockles Dressing for years I talked about finding but have never done so until today when I ‘googled’ it. Mom’s cole slaw was loved by all and it was the Brockles that made it special. I grew up in Tulsa, OK my parents had a restaurant; that is where Mom became famous for her cole slaw. Now that I have a recipe for Brockles, I will definitely make some, eat it, enjoy thinking about my parents, and glad that “googling” helped me find Brockles again!


    February 20, 2010 at 2:45 pm

  14. For the sake of many devoted readers of the Times Record News, as food editor I’ve kept an eye out for this recipe for years. Gave up for a while so am only now finding your post. Brockles was served at a local restaurant for many years and when it was no longer available, a knock-off recipe was developed. Even though it pales in comparison to the original, people around here still call it Brockles. Thank you for sharing and if it’s ok, I’d like to reprint your recipe and direct readers to the blog.

    Judith K. McGinnis

    March 8, 2010 at 10:16 am

  15. Thanks, Judith. Yes, feel free to write about it and reference our website. I have emailed you some additional info.


    March 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

  16. I have been a fan of Brockles dressing for years and think it is wonderful. I try to have some made up all the time. I am a member of the Chancel Choir, First United Methodist, Longview, TX. We are preparing a cookbook with the finest recipes we have. Would it be possible to include the recipe for this great dressing in our book? The funds received from it’s sale will go toward the various projects we do as a choir. As an extra incentive, along with the cookbook we are including a CD of our 12 most favorite anthems recorded live in our sanctuary. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much.
    Sam Litzenberg

    Sam Litzenberg

    June 12, 2010 at 6:54 pm

  17. Jim, just this week my daughter and I were checking out Walmart to see if we could find something that might taste like Brockles Dressing. We found one that was close to nothing, but we each bought one. We talk about it ALL the time wishing we could have a jar. At one time a grocery store carried it. I always intended to try to find something on line, but just never did UNTIL TODAY!!!! Elaine and I were in the same class at Woodrow, but I never associated her with the restaurant since my first time in the restaurant was 1945. It became a ritual every Sunday after church; we went to Brockles Restaurant……. and I probably went there on dates……too far back to remember. This afternoon, July 3, I found the obituary of Alethia, which had not been put in my files. I immediately went to “Search” and typed in Brockles. Everything else appeared and oh what memories came back. I don’t have a picture of the restaurant; however, someone took a photo of me across the street, which is where we parked. I read about the restaurant and the notes from others, discovering “the recipe!!” I printed it, went to the store, bought one quart and one pint of Hellman’s Real Mayonaise – no other would do. I planned to make the “real thing” tonight, but I didn’t notice the blue cheese. Alas, one more day to wait – but what is a day compared to all the years of craving. I will
    be forever grateful.
    Pat M. Palmer

    Pat McDaniel Palmer

    July 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

  18. I had to post another wonderful Brockles experience. I went to New Braunfels, TX to visit an aunt who is 88 years old and still so “with it”, it is scary. She has her own ipad and keeps up with what is going on. I asked her as I stacked each ingredient, still in its package, one on top of each other, what am I putting together. I got to the last ingredient I stacked, which was the Blue Cheese and I asked her if I went into the kitchen and mixed it together what would we all be eating? She could not answer my question, so I added a box of saltines. She said I still do not know. Then about 5 of us all at once said, “Brockles”! She was in tears, she was so happy. We used to go to Albertson’s in Dallas, where we live and get her jars of Brockles and send it to her, Then of course, we could no longer get it. Oh, she was one happy person when we got it all mixed together. She ate Brockles and crackers for dinner! Thank you for the receipe, so we could surprise my aunt. By the way, don’t think she was the only one who ate it, we had the whole batch gone before anyone knew what was going on. Another batch was made the next day! Thanks again.
    -Vicki Sonnier Dallas, TX

    Vicki Sonnier

    April 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  19. Good Morning Jim,
    Just dropping a line to let you know I’m stilll making the wonderful Brockles Dressing, but now it has increased to two quarts and one pint, label and all. Thank you again for making my family’s life with better memories.
    Pat McDaniel Palmer
    Irving, Texas

    Patricia McDaniel Palmer

    November 17, 2013 at 4:47 am

  20. What a pleasant surprise to find this web site. Mr. Ellis, I hope you’re still enjoying life – I want add my own, very brief memory of your family’s work.

    My only visit to the restaurant came in the ’50s when our family ate there, on the way to-or-from a Texas A&M – SMU game at the Cotton Bowl. I remember my first tast of Brockles Special Dressing on a saltine, as we waited to order, made my eyes bug open. I can’t recall what we ordered and ate, but I clearly remember that we emptied that jar and asked for more.

    Thanks for this site, the recipe and the good memories.


    May 21, 2015 at 6:10 pm

  21. I was Margaret’s companion for several months at their home in the Lakewood area many years ago. Did she ever marry and what about Arkirio her brother, which one is your parent?
    Hope Garcia
    Garland Texas

    Hope Garcia

    August 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

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