A burger-joint buffet, vegan vittles and lots in between for Mother's Day dining

Almond pancakes, one of the Mother's Day brunch options at Bird Cafe in Fort Wirth
Almond pancakes, one of the Mother's Day brunch options at Bird Cafe in Fort Wirth Courtesy of Bird Cafe

Mother's Day is the busiest brunch day of the year, the day when restaurants that do regular brunch expand their hours; the day when restaurants that don't ordinarily open on Sunday are ready to serve Mom (and everyone else); the day when restaurants known for, say, burgers decide that they're going to do a brunch buffet.

As usual, the list of options is long, and it ranges from simple to expensive, from traditional to offbeat. And although there are some highly organized folks out there, it's a good bet that most of us haven't made reservations yet.

And on Mother’s Day, if you’re going to take Mom out, those reservations are important. As always, we will update as new information comes our way, but here are some places you can take Mom this Sunday. If you’re not cooking her a big dinner at home, that is.


B&B Butchers

The restaurant will serve its regular brunch menu, but how many places are you going to go that have two Texas longhorns outside for photo opps (don't tell the longhorns what's inside)? There'll also be a balloon artist, a performance by versatile Fort Worth musician Big Mike, and the opportunity to order a flower arrangement from Gordon Boswell and have them waiting for mom at the table (flower arrangements are only available May 13; to view and order arrangements, visit 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 5212 Marathon Ave., Fort Worth,

Bird Cafe

The Sundance Square Plaza restaurant will have its usual a la carte menu, as well as "Southern hash" (roasted sprouts, brunch potatoes, house-made tasso pork and poached eggs), almond pancakes, roasted asparagus with ham and poached eggs, and rosemary fried chicken (chicken and waffle with rosemary honey). 155 E. Fourth St., Fort Worth, 817-332-2473,

Blue Mesa Grill

The restaurant will expand the hours for its popular brunch at all locations on Mother's Day, and will have a special 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday brunch at the Addison and Plano locations. $22 ($7 for children 6-11, free for 5 and younger) will get you a lot of tacos, enchiladas, omelets and much more.. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 13, 612 Carroll St., Fort Worth; 550 Lincoln Square, Arlington; 7700 W. Northwest Highway, Dallas; 14866 Montfort Drive, Addison; 8200 Dallas Parkway, Plano;

Buffalo West

A buffet brunch will run $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and $28 for children 12 and up. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 7101 Camp Bowie West, Fort Worth,

Byblos Mediterranean Lebanese Restaurant

The north Fort Worth mainstay will have a special Sunday brunch. $15.95 per person. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 1406 N. Main St., Fort Worth,

Capital Grille

A three-course Mother’s Day brunch menu features such entree choices as pan-seared salmon with citrus crab salad and more. $49; $15 for children's brunch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 800 Main St., Fort Worth, 817-348-9200; locations also in Dallas and Plano;

Chef Point Bar & Restaurant

The Watauga gas-station restaurant will have a special Mother's Day menu from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. May 13, with a la carte options including grilled stuffed swordfish (stuffed with fresh crab meat and spicy pepper jack cheese, topped with creamy garlic butter caper sauce and served with green beans; $27), french toast bread pudding ($20; yes, that's an entree, not dessert) and more. 5901 Watauga Road., Watauga,

Clay Pigeon Food & Drink

A four-course, prix-fixe brunch will include a bread board for the table, as well as such entrees as an eggs Benedict made with buttermilk biscuits, and Clay Pigeon's popular cheeseburger. $50. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 2731 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth,

Collective Brewing Project

One of the cooler things that has been going on in the Fort Worth food scene is the weekly pop-up brunch at this adventurous Near Southside brewery. A three-course, spring-inspired menu will be served, along with beer pairings for each course. Menu details were TBA at press time. 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, 112 St. Louis Ave., Fort Worth; info at event page on Facebook

Cotton Patch Cafe

All mothers who dine in at the comfort-food chain on Mother's Day will receive a complimentary carnation and free appetizer card to be used at a subsequent visit. Multiple North Texas locations;

Craft & Vine

The Roanoke restaurant will have a brunch buffet -- with omelet, pasta, carving, dessert and other stations -- in addition to its regular a la carte menu. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 310 S. Oak St. Suite 300, Roanoke; info at event page on Facebook

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

The regular menu will be available, as will Mother's Day selections including a filet Benedict or lobster Benedict ($44 each) and a prime rib eye ($45 for 16-ounce, $55 for 20-ounce). Begins 11 a.m. May 13. 812 Main St., Fort Worth; 2323 Olive St., Dallas;

Eddie V's Prime Seafood

A three-course prix-fixe brunch includes seafood choices, of course, but diners can go the non-seafood route with such options as pan-seared steak and eggs or a crispy chicken white cheddar jalapeno biscuit. $49; children's brunch available for $15. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, 3100 W Seventh St., Fort Worth; 4023 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas;

Ellerbe Fine Foods

Mother's Day is one of the rare days that Ellerbe, which is usually closed on Sundays, does brunch. But it will be open for a few hours, with a three-course menu (with an amuse-bouche to start). The second (and main) course has three options: mojo de ajo wild Texas Gulf shrimp (with cilantro risotto, wilted market greens, crumbled queso fresco and market radish slaw); Vital Farm eggs florentine tartine (with melted Gruyere, Demases Farm spinach, hollandaise, toasted batard and arugula); or braised chili-rubbed brisket (with sweet corn and cheddar grits, wilted market greens, housemade BBQ sauce and green onions). $45 per person; children's option (grilled cheddar on Texas toast with house-cut fries and dessert) $22. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 13, 1501 W Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth,

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

Celebrate Mother's Day a day early with a Mother's Day Hight Tea, featuring a selection of teas, finger sandwiches, pastries and other treats. "Tea 'masters' will be on hand to discuss the benefits of tea as well as the teas being served," says the Facebook event page.. "Hats, gloves and pink outdoor attire are the theme." $45 adults; $35 children 4-12. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Info at event page on Facebook.

Fuego Burger

A tiny burger joint might not be where you'd expect to find a Mother's Day brunch, but let's not forget that Fuego Burger's predecessor was the acclaimed west Fort Worth restaurant Salsa Fuego, and you'll find some echoes of that here in a buffet that includes migas, chile verde, mini cheese enchilada stacks and churros, along with such items as coconut chicken tenders and zucchini corn casserole and much more. $16 11 and older; $8 children 5-10; free for children 4 and under. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 4400 Benbrook Highway, Fort Worth; info at event page on Facebook (Rendon location will be closed Sunday)


Another restaurant that reserves brunch for special occasions, Grace will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Mother's Day with an a la carte menu (including regular items as well as brunch), as well as for Sunday dinner from 5 to 9:30. If you want to splurge on Mom, this is a good place to do it. 777 Main St., Fort Worth,

Heaven's Gate Restaurant

If you're on a budget, it's hard to beat this north-side cafe's Mother's Day brunch: $12.99 for "about all the breakfast dishes you can imagine" (including menudo, previously unavailable on holidays) as well as chicken-fried steak, pork chops and more. After a break, there's a $14.99 Mother's Day "dinner" that's more like a late lunch: $14.99 for, BBQ , brisket, ribs, prime rib, turkey, dressing, ham, beef roast, fajitas and more. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (price drops to $11.99 at 4 p.m.), 3816 N. Main St., Fort Worth,

Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell will offer moms free admission to the special "From the Lands of Asia" exhibit -- and will have free "Soul Sundays" yoga (an all-levels, slow-flow class led by instructors from SoulSpace Yoga Community) at 11 a.m. in the Piano Pavilion (registration recommended at The Kimbell buffet and the Pavilion Cafe will be open as well. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth,

Mercury Chop House

A three-course menu will include a choice of soup or salad; four entree choices (we're most intrigued by "Salmon Dynamite"); and dessert. $49.95. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, 525 Taylor St., Fort Worth,

Meso Maya

Adding to its usual brunch, Meso Maya will feature a special Mother’s Day dish on Sunday only: Hard-seared adobo marinated chicken breast with mashed black beans, Cerro Prieto ensalada de nopales, limas salsa verde, queso de rancho and la presa arugula. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 3050 S. Hulen Street, Suite A, Fort Worth; 604 Main St., Suite 100, Fort Worth; locations also in Dallas, Addison and Plano;

Mimi's Cafe

A three-course prix-fixe menu will include entree choices such as Quiche Lorraine with hickory-smoked bacon, aged Parmesan, Swiss cheese and green onions; Asian chicken chopped salad with a slow-roasted chicken breast, red and green bell peppers, mandarin orange, basil, cilantro, chopped cabbage and romaine lettuce tossed in sesame dressing with fried wontons and sesame seeds; a mushroom brie burger; and more. $18.99; kids menu for 12 and under available for $8.99. Available beginning 11 a.m. May 10-13, 5858 SW Loop 820, Fort Worth; 301 E. Interstate 20 Hwy, Arlington;

Next Bistro

The Colleyville restaurant will have a three-course brunch with options including veal-stuffed quail with squash risotto, boeuf en croute with merlot sauce and more (a vegetarian option is available on request). $42.95 per person; child's menu available for $12.95. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 5003 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville,

Omni Fort Worth Hotel

The Omni does big-event brunches ... well, big, and this will be a big buffet on the lobby level with cheese & charcuterie, eggs made to order (and that includes fillings and toppings), pastries and more. $65 adults; $40 children 6-12; free for childfren under 5. 11 a.m.-3 p.m Sunday., 1300 Houston St., Fort Worth. Info at event page on Facebook and at

Perry's Steakholuse & Grille

Still new in Grapevine, the steakhouse chain will open early for Mother's Day with drink specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. But if Mom has an appetite, you can treat her to a 3-course pork chop supper featuring a choice of salada, a dessert trio and Perry's towering "seven-finger" pork chop. Supper $34.95, 4-9 p.m. Sunday, 2400 W State Highway 114, Grapevine; locations also in Dallas and Frisco,

Peru Gourmet

The north Arlington restaurant is hyping a Mother's Day celebration with food, drinks and live music from Tony Araiza. 1-9 p.m. Sunday, 2425 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington; info at event page on Facebook.


The Bistro-Bowling-Bocce spot in the Shops at Clearfork will have $1 mimosas and $5 Bloody Marys all day, to go along with its regular brunch buffet, which is a pretty good deal considering all the food on hand. And the "Bistro" part of Pinstripes is pretty nice. $22 adults; $10 kids 6-12; kids 5 and under free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, 5001 Trailhead Bend Way, Fort Worth,

RA Sushi

Here's something different from Mother's Day brunch, and it doesn't take place on Mother's Day. All three DFW RA Sushi locations are offering a Mother's Day Sushi & Sake 101 class that you can take with mom. The Wednesday-night class includes a sushi-rolling lesson, a meal and sake flight pairings. $35 per person; $40 with sake. Reservations requirted through Eventbrite for the Southlake location as well as locations in Addison and Plano. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 1131 E Southlake Blvd, Building L, Southlake; 5100 Belt Line Road No. 210, Addison; 7501 Lone Star Drive B-130, Plano;

Taste Community Restaurant

The pay-what-you-can restaurant continues that philosophy on Mother's Day, with a pay-what-you can brunch and "a special menu with some of your favorites and new soon-to-be favorites." 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, 1200 S. Main St., Fort Worth

Zoës Kitchen

On May 12-13, diners who purchase a large Mediterranean Family Dinner at Zoës can get four free chocolate-chip cookies, but they must mention the promo code ZKMOTHERSDAY at the time of purchase (if you've ever had a Zoës chocolate-chip cookie, you know why this is important. As it turns out, Mother's Day falls on International Hummus Day, and Zoës is offering a free hummus starter with the purchase of a dine-in entree. Or get a free hummus starter with an online purchase of at least $7 and the promo code ZKHUMMUS. So if your mom loves hummus ... 10 North Texas locations;

DALLAS and beyond


The "contemporary French brasserie" will have a three-course, prix-fixe "Fete des Meres" brunch menu will include such entree options as Cabillaud & Brandade (cod, tomato confit, lemon, caper) and ravioli de lapin (rabbit ravioli, green olive, rosemary). $65 per person. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 400 S. Record St.., Dallas.,

Cook Hall at the W Hotel

A three-course brunch will include a choice of two appetizers; entrees including pan-seared halibut with spring-pea risotto or grilled Wagyu skirt steak with spring succotash and chimichurri; dessert and one mimosa. A flamenco guitarist will perform. $50 per person. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas,

Dallas Chop House

An a la carte brunch will include such items as a beef tataki starter ($13), brisket enchiladas ($22) and a half-dozen other entree options; and three dessert choices inlcuding a vanilla-black pepper souffle ($9) that piques our curiosity. So does the blood-orange sorbet mimosa ($9). 1717 Main St., Dallas,

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

A three-course brunch will include such items as "Fleming's Signature Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict," cinnamon-apple brioche french toast and more. $47. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. brunch (dinner menu available all day), 7250 North Dallas Parkway Suite 110, Plano,

Lavendou Bistro Provencal

A three-course, prix-fixe Fête des Mères brunch menu will include such options as Filet de Sole au Crabe et Champagne Sauce (fillet of sole with crab and champagne cream sauce, boiled potatoes) and Poitrine de Volaille Cordon Bleu (chicken cordon bleu with gratin dauphinois and French green beans), and more. $44.95 per person, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13, 19009 Preston Road Suite 200, Dallas;

Mad Batter Baker

The Addison bakery will have a Mother's Day Tea with "a selection of freshly prepared sweet and savory treats and different teas." $40 per adult, $20 per child. Seatings at 10 a.m., 2 pm. and 4 p.m.; 15615 Quorum Drive, Addison; tickets available via Facebook event page.

Ocean Prime

An a la carte menu will include seafood options such as crab & eggs and blackened salmon salad, but if seafood isn't your thing, you can go for the french toast. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 2101 Cedar Springs Road, 150, Dallas,

Ragin' Crab Cafe

In addition to the regular menu, Ragin' Crab will offer "Mom's Royal Feast": a 1-pound Alaskan King crab, potatoes, corn, dessert and a glass of house champagne for $49.95. 2100 Greenville Ave., Dallas,

Savor Gastropub

The Klyde Warren Park restaurant will serve its regular brunch menu plus three specials: roasted pork prime rib ($32; with whipped Yukon Gold potato, apple ginger chutney and mustard jus; ; wild-caught shrimp & creamy cheddar grits ($28; with Andouille and tomato-ham broth; and roast lamb chop ($31; crispy lamb belly, caper and olive oil artichoke, and local goat cheese). 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas,

Stampede 66

Dallas celebrity chef Stephan Pyles' restaurant will have a special three-course prix-fixe brunch menu with entress including "Elvis Style French Toast" (bourbon bananas, peanut butter and bacon; presumably for moms with an appetite), chicken-fried chicken, BBQ pork steak and more. $45. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday (regular "Sunday Supper" from 5 to 9 p.m.), 1717 McKinney Ave. Suite 100, Dallas,

III Forks

Another rarely-open-for-lunch spot making an exception for Mother's Day, III Forks will have a IV-course -- er, four-course prix-fixe menu with such entree options as a beef tenderloin Benedict (slow-roasted Angus beef, poached eggs, hollandaise and asparagus) and "Chicken Marengo" (grilled chicken breast with rock shrimp, mushrooms and tomatoes in lemon dill sauce). Four dessert choices; we'll take the Mandarin orange cake, thanks. $49; $18 for children 12 and under. 17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas,


If Mom doesn't eat meat or dairy, or if she's just feeling virtuous, check out this Trinity Groves vegan restaurant's polant-based brunch. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, 3011 Gulden Lane No. 102, Dallas; info at event page on Facebook