Dallas-Forth Worth is a fast-growing metropolitan hub for people and businesses, so it’s no surprise that DFW is teeming with an abundance of incredible restaurants. Though the area is booming with new businesses, it also boasts a rich culinary history of restaurants that have been thriving for decades. In fact, recently the Dallas Morning News created a list celebrating the oldest restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth. The list highlights more than 80 North Texas restaurants, 50 years or older, and we were honored to be featured among these long-standing treasures.
If you’re looking for a classic Dallas-Forth Worth dining experience, join us on a historical foodie tour!
Start the day at Paris Coffee Shop.
Since 1926, Paris Coffee Shop has been a popular breakfast and brunch stop for locals and tourists alike. A true cultural landmark, Paris Coffee Shop is one of the oldest–and most delicious–restaurants in Fort Worth, passed down from generations. Come for the coffee, stay for the pie.
Stop for lunch at Carhson’s Delicatessen.
Established in 1928 by the Carhson family, Carhson’s Deli is the oldest deli in Fort Worth. It was–and is still–the only kosher-style deli in FW, serving New York-style sandwiches and sides. You can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but their Specialty Sandwiches are topnotch.
Feast at Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse.
Our iconic Inwood location has been open since 1958, but we’ve been smoking top-tier meats since 1910. Elias Bryan started it all with his first smokehouse, and his son Red and grandson Sonny carried the torch–and his love of Dallas barbecue. Sonny Bryan’s tender and juicy brisket is still the same recipe that you know and love today. Our classic Texas barbecue is the best around, and we are proud to be one of the oldest restaurants in Dallas.
Enjoy a nightcap at Ships Lounge.
Tucked away in an East Dallas neighborhood since 1947, Ships Lounge is definitely where the locals go to grab a drink. The oldest dive bar in Dallas, with a jukebox to boot, Ships promises inexpensive beer and a good time.
Help preserve the authentic culinary culture of DFW and celebrate the legacy of these historical restaurants. Special thanks toThe Dallas Morning News and Sarah Blaskovich for including us alongside these living legends; read the whole list here.