Fort Worth restaurateurs Lou Lambert, Chris Reale, and Mark Harris had a tough task when they took over this popular diner from its longtime owner, Mike Smith, early in 2020. They wanted to refresh the interior and update the menu for a new generation, while also satisfying regulars who had long cherished one of the city’s oldest restaurants. Success on all counts. The airy new dining room is stylish but still traditional, with chrome accents, lots of blond wood, and pretty blue counter stools. The menu retains familiar favorites, such as the classic two-egg breakfast, chicken-fried steak, and Tuesday blue-plate special of meat loaf popping with fresh onion and a glaze of tomato sauce. But it has some notable introductions, like a grain bowl with quinoa, barley, black beans, and a lime vinaigrette. And it has updates of other staples, like the Greek omelet stuffed with baby spinach, fresh mushrooms, tomato, and feta. There’s even a bar. Still, just as before, you should save room for pie: the buttermilk and coconut cream are particularly worth it.
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Paris Coffee Shop
One of Fort Worth's oldest restaurants is one of its coolest.