Paris Coffee Shop, Fort Worth

For Valentine’s Day, my sweet hubby took me to Paris for lunch.  No, not France, not even the Texas town by the same name, but to the Paris Coffee Shop on Magnolia Street. in Fort Worth!

This iconic Fort Worth restaurant has been around since 1926, gracing the corner of Magnolia and Hemphill.  The neighborhood gives off a small town, downtown feel.  We went about 1:15, when some of the lunch rush was over and were able to find a table without a wait.  The owner, Mike, greeted us at the door, ushering in the nostalgic feel of the shop.

Don’t expect a trendy cafe, because the Paris Coffee Shop looks as if you have just stepped back in time.  The walls are filled, and I mean filled, with old photos of Fort Worth and celebrities who have visited the restaurant.  Each time a booth opened up, we would run over and check out the pics before it was cleaned and claimed!  We’re romantic like that….

Located near Texas Christian University, much of the staff was wearing purple.  Our waitress was a dream, laughing at, I mean with, us.  She guided us through the menu, and made suggestions, answering my 25 or so questions about the place and the food!  We shared an appetizer of onion rings (thick cut and a good, salty/peppery batter), and a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and mac and cheese!   My hubby, who is a steak and potatoes kinda guy, loved the simple CFS, claiming it was one of the best he has had in a long time.  I reminded him that just 3 days earlier I HAD COOKED CHICKEN FRIED STEAK, but he was too busy eating to hear me, apparently.

The Paris Coffee Shop is known for their pies, which looked amazing!  I say looked and not tasted because I gave up sugar/sweets for lent, and wasn’t able to try them.  However, I happily asked the diners nearest us, who had been giggling as we raced from table to table, and they all exclaimed that their’s was excellent!

Our waitress told us that we have to come back for the pie, and for breakfast.  She recommended the biscuits and gravy.  It’s good to have someone who speaks my language!  I assured her that we will be back, probably the Monday after Easter, about 6am when they open.

The Paris Coffee Shop, and it’s classic Coconut Meringue Pie,  was featured on Food Network’s Sugar High, with Duff Goldman (of Ace of Cakes).  That’s good enough for me!

My Mommy Tips: 

  • Hours are 6am – 2:30pm Mon – Fri,  6am until 11am on Saturday (breakfast only) closed on Sunday.  They serve breakfast until 11am, so don’t oversleep.
  • Parking can be difficult during peak times.


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