Mother’s Day is the busiest Sunday brunch of the year.
Don’t wait to reserve a table for May 11, and don’t forget that we’re talking about Mom.
Fine-dining, French and Italian restaurants are good choices. Burgers or a bar-and-grill — well, maybe for some moms.
If she wants a buffet, the choices are limited. But if she likes the menu, here are some choices we don’t mention often:
Grace, which opens its sunny dining room for Sunday lunch only twice a year, offers a special menu ranging from steak and eggs Benedict ($49) to a double-cut pork chop with okra ($34), rack of lamb and sides such as bacon-wrapped onions ($9) or duck-fat cheddar tater tots ($10).
Grace also is now open every Sunday for dinner; 777 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-877-3388, gracefortworth.com.
Sera Dining & Wine will offer a $40 menu featuring macerated strawberry pancakes, a pork belly-shallots-arugula-goat-cheese omelet, chicken and other choices including a rhubarb-rose-water tart dessert; 2418 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth, 817-927-7372, facebook.com/SeraFW.
TruFire Kitchen & Bar in Southlake, far better that most bar-and-grills, offers its regular bargain brunch menu featuring dishes such as a honey-smoked salmon Benedict with Sriracha hollandaise ($12.95), blueberry-pecan pancakes ($12.95) and $5 peach, blood-orange or blackberry mimosas; 1239 Main St. in Southlake Town Square, 817-488-6280, trufire.us.
Cacharel Restaurant in Arlington, always elegant, offers a $49.75 menu featuring salmon, pecan-crusted chicken, duck, tenderloin or a portobello pork chop, with desserts such as its beloved chocolate soufflé, an apricot-macadamia soufflé, Bailey’s creme brulee, champagne Zabaione or pistachio-Bavarian mousse; on the ninth floor at 2221 E. Lamar Blvd., 817-640-9981, cacharel.net/.
The Arizona-based Kona Grill chain, newly open with a balcony patio overlookng the Modern Art Museum and Cultural District, will serve a $32.95 filet-and-lobster-tail combo along with its full menu; 3028 Crockett St., 817-210-4216, konagrill.com.
Many restaurants such as Reata will serve their regular menus instead of a premium special. Reata offers chipotle meatloaf for $9.95, a chicken-fried steak breakfast for $12.95, other brunch items and its usual menu; 310 Houston St., 817-336-1009, reata.net.
Also, in a rarity, The Zodiac at Neiman Marcus in Fort Worth will open that Sunday; Ridgmar mall, 2100 Green Oaks Road, 817-989-4650, neimanmarcus.com.• Shakeups in local restaurants this week:
Chef Keith Grober has left Rodeo Goat to open his own yet-unannounced restaurant.
(Unrelated, a second Rodeo Goat is about to open in Dallas on Market Center Boulevard.)
And Little Lilly Sushi has brought in a Dallas sushi veteran to succeed departed chef Jesús García. More on both changes on DFW.com and in the Friday Eats Beat.
Don Cruz serves everything from fajitas to bacon cheeseburgers and seafood étouffée, most for less than $10 and all less than $20, even the New York strip or rib-eye steaks.
Instead of coupons, Don Cruz makes discounts easy: Spend more than $50 and get 20 percent off. So, say, two family combo platters would serve eight for about $40.
So far, the social-media favorite seems to be the roasted chile relleno with chicken fajita in queso ($9); 3155 Denton Highway, 817-759-1343, facebook.com/DonCruzMexicanSeafoodAndPasta.