|Eiffel Tower, Paris Texas|
Next to the Eiffel Tower is a new construction, the Red River Valley Veterans’ Memorial. Members of the US Armed forces or its Allies who have served at any time from the Texas Revolutionary War to
|Top L to R: Entrance, marker, standing stones|
Bottom L to R: Cold war, Civil War, Texas Revolution
There are several historic buildings to see around the downtown square in Paris, but what
that caught my eye was the J. J. Culbertson Fountain. Italian-marble fountain was donated to the city by Culbertson
to commemorate the reconstruction of Paris after the 1916 fire. The fountain
was designed by J. L. Wees, a St. Louis architect, and sits in the center of
the World War I era plaza. It’s a nice place to go for an al fresco lunch or to
spend time outside reading. Near the plaza is a period clock that seems to keep
accurate time, as well as buildings from the 1900s that have been repurposed
for current use.
|Jesus in cowboy boots|
After having lots of fun wandering around the city, we decided it was time for something to eat. While there are lots of places to eat, we chose a small café that had been voted the best place to eat in Paris in 2016. For information about my rating system, see Reading the Reviews.
What we ate:
|Two and one-half carrots|
Nancy’s Café (329 N Main St, Paris, TX 75460, 903-783-9220) serves ‘home cooking’ with
special that includes bread, an entrée, three sides, a drink and a dessert. We
all really enjoyed the school-cafeteria style rolls; they were warm and yeasty.
However the cornbread was dry; the waitress told us that this was the only bit
of cornbread left. Vince had a chicken fried steak that he said was good but
had a lot of breading. He also had very good hominy and fried okra, but said
that the mashed potatoes were only okay. Dave had a salmon patty with okra,
potatoes and beans. He said that the salmon was canned but tasted fine; he
really liked the okra, but the beans and potatoes were only okay. I had the
chicken strips, hominy, okra and beans. The chicken was fairly dry, but the
okra and hominy were good. The beans tasted like canned beans. I was supposed
to get potatoes, but got the beans instead. We all had a serving of instant banana pudding; it was all right but not wonderful. The waitress appeared to be
harried, although the lunch rush was over; she got our orders wrong, then came
back to get corrections. My order still wasn’t correct. Vince got his gravy,
but Dave and I shared a side of it since our waitress never returned with my
portion. There seemed to be no one to bus dirty tables; customers chose tables
then the waitresses cleaned that particular one. I really don’t believe that
this is the best restaurant in Paris.
|Top L to R: Bread, Salmon|
Middle L to R: Menu, Chicken fingers
Bottom L to R: Pudding, Chicken fried steak
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