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!”

What To Eat

Coconut Pie

Biscuits & Gravy

Sausage & Eggs



Chocolate Pie


Paris Coffee Shop Recipes


What do you think of Paris Coffee Shop?

2 Responses to “Paris Coffee Shop”

Barbara Parrish Edmondson

September 1st, 2022

My Niece and,I visited the Paris Coffee Shop today right before noon. We,didn’t have to wai. We requested a booth, but all were taken. Before we ordered our lunch we told the hostess we would like the next booth available. Well 1 person came in and she gave her the booth which had come available. We just had ordered our lunch and another booth became available a couple walked in and got the booth. Not real good service. I had wanted to get a booth because I had seen photos of the newly remodeled photos on Facebook We were seated at a table and there was a fan right above our table and I was so cold I was so uncomfortable and I had on long sleeves too. All the fans were blowing full speed. When I entered I went to the restroom and was going to wash my hands and there wasn’t any soap available in the restroom. Not good. .Well we ended up at the table the food,was good, but I couldn’t enjoy it or the atmosphere of the Coffee Shop. I didn’t order anything to drink I wanted to order tea, we had been served water and I barely got to drink it because Iwas so cold. The histess did not smile, either did the waitress. I looked around,while we were waiting on our food to be served and did not see any waitress smiling at all. It will be a while before I go back.



August 29th, 2022

WE have been eating breakfast @ Paris Coffee Shop for about 40 years.. And I had been ordering cream gravy & biscuits for all of those 40 years. The gravy tasted the same as m,y Grandma’s gravy when Mike Smith made it from an old recipe.
Paris Coffee Shop was the only place I would eat biscuits & gravy until the new owners took over. And I will never darken the doors again until the new owners change backto the way gravy WAS made. I am telling you new owners…..what you are serving now is SORRY. Whoever heard of chives in cream gravy. Until your chefs realize what they are serving is SORRY when it comes to gravy, I will not return….EVER.


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