Spring is on our mind at DFW.com. Last week, we did a list of 10 best new Fort Worth-area patios. With Easter this weekend, our minds are where they often are: brunch.
Easter brunch can be a tricky thing. Some places that ordinarily do brunch close on Easter Sunday. Others that don’t ordinarily will do a special Easter brunch. But there will be brunches after Easter, and here are a few of our favorites.
Bird Cafe: On Easter, the Sundance Square restaurant is offering such items as cornmeal-fried Texas quail and waffle (available all day) and an iron skillet hazelnut hoecake with lemon ricotta and orange marmalade (brunch only). Reservations recommended; the regular brunch menu includes the appropriately (or inappropriately) named Badass Bacon Waffle, a Creole Benedict and the Mother & Child Reunion (fried chicken breast with poached eggs). Brunch: 11 a.m-3 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 155 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth. 817-332-2473; birdinthe.net.
Cafe Modern: Denise Shavandy, who took over as executive chef in the fall, has kept up the inventiveness of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s seasonally changing menus. The spring menus debut this week, and include such entrees as a waffle sandwich (filled with Nutella, bananas and Stroope Texas honey) and a Cantonese pork donburi bowl. And the cafe’s setting — overlooking the Modern’s reflecting pond — is one of the nicest in Fort Worth. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth. 817-840-2157; themodern.org/cafe.
Fixture Kitchen & Social Lounge: We’re big fans of the chicken and waffle here, which tends toward the savory with a rosemary waffle and a chipotle maple syrup. But we also like the well-seasoned (and pretty) beet fries, the recently added chilaquiles and the PB&J, where the “PB” stands for pork belly and the “J” for jalapeño jelly. Good cocktails, too. Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 401 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-708-2663; fixturefw.com.
FnG Eats: This Keller spot that has been going since 2012 has five Benedicts on its brunch menu, including a pot-roast and a prime-rib. If sweet is more your breakfast speed, go for the bourbon-caramelized banana French toast. Brunch: Begins 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 201 Town Center Lane, No. 1101, Keller. 817-741-5200; fngeats.com.
Little Red Wasp: Wasp’s more expensive sibling restaurant, Grace, doesn’t usually do brunch, but it will have one on Easter. The Wasp has one every Saturday and Sunday, however, and often does holidays as well. Go for the Pederson’s Hot Ham + Cheese: It’s made with Pederson’s Natural Farms ham, topped with peppered gravy and sunny-side-up eggs. This “knife and fork” sandwich really does require a knife and fork. Brunch: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 808 Main St., Fort Worth. 817-877-3111; littleredwasp.com.
Malai Kitchen: Recently opened in Southlake (and reviewed this week on Page 6), Malai’s Southeast Asia-inspired menu extends to its brunch, with such offerings as banh mi French toast with flambeéd banans and coconut syrup; Thai eggs Benedict; and a chicken-and-egg congee, a rice porridge topped with poached egg, ginger and crispy bread. Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 1161 E. Southlake Blvd., No. 220, Southlake. 817-251-9141; www.malaikitchen.com.
Mash’d: We admit it: We had our doubts about this relatively new West 7th spot and its moonshine-drink menu. We were quickly won over by the Manhole Cover Pancake: A 14-inch pancake stuffed with blueberries and butterscotch chips, topped with pistachios and more blueberries. There’s also a five-item vegetarian (not vegan) menu, which includes that pancake, French toast, migas and other carby items. Opens 10:30 a.m. Sunday. 2948 Crockett St., Fort Worth. 817-882-6723; www.mashd.com.
Max’s Wine Dive Fort Worth: It’s known for its whopping pieces of fried chicken, but Max’s also does some cool twists on brunch food, like its tiramisu French toast. A spring menu change should happen any day now, and one item that was previewed was a Key lime French toast. But this French toast — as rich and eggy as any we’ve ever had — can stand by itself, without any sweetening. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday. 2421 W. Seventh St., No. 109, Fort Worth. 817-870-1100; maxswinedive.com.
Spiral Diner: The Magnolia Avenue vegan haven has a brunch that even meat-eaters can enjoy. Pancakes, served with nonhydrogenated margarine and organic agave nectar, are excellent, and we’re also fans of the “Viva Las Migas,” a mix of spicy and veggie flavors. Accompany those with a smoothie and add a ginger shot for a kick. Brunch: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 1314 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-332-8834; www.spiraldiner.com.
Woodshed Smokehouse: Tim Love’s Trinity River hangout has been serving breakfast; this weekend, it will launch a brunch buffet featuring such items as brisket and biscuits, a boar sausage-game hen paella, and pulled-pork tamales. The $25 cost includes a complimentary mimosa. Things start early, giving you a lot of time to walk things off on the Trinity Trails. Begins 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. 3201 Riverfront Drive, Fort Worth. 817-877-4545; woodshedsmokehouse.com.
For a bunch more on brunch, check out the Eats Beat podcast on DFW.com.