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Eats Beat: For holiday weekend, double the brunch at Buttons, Max’s

Chicken-fried steak is $4.99 Mondays at the Dixie House Cafes.
Chicken-fried steak is $4.99 Mondays at the Dixie House Cafes. Star-Telegram

If a Sunday buffet is good, why not two?

Buttons Restaurant will double its weekly Sunday buffet this weekend, serving a special buffet Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

Buttons’ buffet has become a Sunday standard. Last Sunday’s table included chef Keith Hicks’ baked chicken, fried catfish, collard greens, grits and his signature gumbo, along with desserts.

For King Day on Monday, Buttons will host a jazz brunch and add chitlins and other specials.

Hicks, known for chicken-and-waffles and shrimp-and-grits, will roll out a new spring menu in March with meatloaf, smothered pork chops and other dishes.

Buttons is open for lunch and dinner daily; 4701 West Freeway, 817-735-4900,

Another Max’s Monday

Also, Max’s Wine Dive is always open for Monday brunch.

Max’s serves its “fried chicken and champagne” menu brunch every Monday for anyone who worked or slept through Sunday brunch; 2421 W. Seventh St., No. 109 (actually it’s on Matisse Street, behind Chuy’s), 817-870-1100,

Another good Monday holiday deal: Dixie House Cafes in Fort Worth, Euless and Saginaw have a $4.99 chicken-fried-steak special every Monday;

Godbey’s redux

Vance Godbey’s Restaurant, one of the most lamented closings of 2015, will open Sunday for one in a series of occasional pop-up lunch buffets announced by email.

It’s the regular lunch buffet, $13.99; 8601 Jacksboro Highway, 817-237-2218,

Ready to boil, or steam

The Big Crabs are here.

A new Hurst restaurant is the latest of several in North Texas featuring crab legs and boils, crawfish, shrimp, clams, oysters and fried seafood, served with a variety of sauces.

The Big Crabs is open daily for lunch and dinner; 660 Grapevine Highway, 817-849-9188,

A similar restaurant, Boiling King Crab Tap House, is scheduled to follow soon in Montgomery Plaza.

A BBQ smoke-off

Ticket sales have begun for the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival on March 31-April 3.

Events this year include a barbecue showdown March 31 in the Watt Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center. Fifteen pitmasters will bring their best brisket, sausage and ribs, with tickets selling for $60 at

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538,, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in