Memorable | One of the Best
Paris Coffee Shop
Review by: Michael Stern
For generations of locals who have made the Paris Coffee Shop their neighborhood café since the 1920s (when the Paris family opened it across the street), a meal here is like coming home. For the rest of us, it is a memorable Fort Worth souvenir.
An airy room with a counter, booths, and tables, Paris smells delicious in the morning, its air fragrant with the smell of sausages, bacon, pork chops, corned beef hash, as well as biscuits served with sausage-dotted gravy.
The Paris Coffee Shop is also a legendary lunchroom, known for meat loaf, fried chicken, and chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and gravy as well as one of the best bowls of chili in the Metroplex. The café’s signature dish is an Arkansas Traveler: hot roast beef on corn bread smothered with gravy. Such Lone Star comfort fare is accompanied by your choice from a wide variety of southern-style vegetables including turnip greens, pole beans, and butter beans. And every meal MUST be followed by a piece of Paris pie. One morning, when we spotted a single piece of custard pie we wanted behind the counter and ordered it for breakfast, the waitress warned, “It’s not today’s.” (Today’s pies were still in the oven.) But then she thought a while and agreed with our choice, declaring, “Hey, yesterday’s egg custard pie is better than no pie at all!”
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