Mom might not want a $50 brunch.
If she’s just looking for an old-fashioned plate lunch and dessert for about $15, here are some good choices any Sunday:Old West Cafes
Watch for a new Old West in Arlington. The Bedford location is at 2900 Texas 121, 817-354-8000, and Grapevine is at 600 W. Northwest Highway, 817-442-9378, oldwestcafe.usDixie House Cafes
Sunday’s desserts usually include caramel-coconut-cream-cheese “heavenly” cake. The busiest location is at 6200 E. Lancaster Ave. (Texas 180 at Loop 820), 817-451-6180, with other Dixies on South Hulen Street, East Belknap Street and Blue Mound Road. (A Bedford location will reopen later this year.)West Side Cafe Candlelite Inn Arlington Steak House Babe’s Chicken Dinner House
In Fort Worth, try Ferré, Mercury Chophouse or Ruth’s Chris.
An Arlington hideaway
It was a surprise to many when Restaurant506 at the Sanford House was named one of the 100 best brunches in the U.S., but not to regulars of this charming downtown Arlington lunchroom inside a boutique hotel.
Lunch one day this week included the signature crab cakes, a feta-pear-walnut salad in a cider vinaigrette and a pineapple upside-down bread pudding.
Restaurant506 is open only for lunch Wednesdays and Sundays, and for both lunch and dinner Thursdays through Saturdays. A few really lucky diners may get a late table for the $49 Mother’s Day brunch; 506 N. Center St., 817-801-5541, restaurant506.com.
From Magnolia to New York
If you didn’t get into Ellerbe Fine Foods for chef Molly McCook’s Mother’s Day shrimp-and-grits, try another night soon.
She’s preparing for her June 9 stint at the James Beard House in New York, cooking a dinner billed as “ Louisiana heirloom.”
She’ll bring some of the items back for her summer menu at Ellerbe, 1501 W. Magnolia Ave., ellerbefinefoods.com.
Listen to her talk about it on this week’s Eats Beat podcast at dfw.com.