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More then ever, Burleson is becoming a breakfast and brunch town.

Both local diners and travelers have always found their way to Our Place Restaurant.

But a new “brunch house” is introducing the city to eggs Benedict and Italian coffees.

A Fort Worth restaurant with weekend brunch moved into a former country club nearby, and a storied pancake house is about to go up near Old Town.

Here’s Burleson’s new morning menu:

Burleson Brunch House, 2650 S.W. Wilshire Blvd., is a contemporary breakfast and lunch restaurant with one of the largest brunch menus this side of Snooze.

The Brunch House offers 11 different omelets, 10 skillet combos, eggs Benedict five ways and also a long list of burgers, sandwiches and salads.

The Xheka family — chef Nuri Xheka is from Chicago — is serving the kind of brunch you’d expect in Fort Worth or Dallas, with banana Nutella waffles or French toast, a gyro-feta or spinach-feta omelet and avocado-feta-egg “California toast.”

But there’s also familiar Tex-Mex dishes such as a chorizo-jalapeno “Burleson omelet” or migas (regular, or slimmed-down with egg whites).

Yes, there’s grits, biscuits and hash browns too, and regular pork sausage or chicken-apple sausage links.

A “bacado” omelet combines bacon, spinach, tomato and avocado with two cheeses. On the side, try the smoky bacon grits.

Burleson Brunch House is open for breakfast and lunch daily in Lakewood Plaza, on Texas 174 at the south edge of Burleson, 4 miles south of Interstate 35W; 682-730-1391.

The Gardens Restaurant is in a former clubhouse and bar on a golf course near Burleson. Bud Kennedy Bud Kennedy

The Gardens Restaurant, 13765 Southern Oaks Drive, Fort Worth, is an expanded version of the restaurant by the same name from the Botanic Garden.

Instead of a flower garden, the new Gardens is in the former clubhouse and bar on a golf course. The stone patio and bar are handsome, and a banquet room offers a panoramic view.

On weekends, the Gardens opens at 9:30 a.m. to serve breakfasts and pancake platters, plus chicken-tenders-and-waffles with sweet maple-Sriracha sauce.

The rest of the menu is a general selection of salads, sandwiches, pizzas and entrees such as pecan-crusted chicken, teriyaki salmon or linguine Bolognese.

The Gardens is open at 10:30 a.m. weekdays for lunch and early dinner, or earlier for brunch and lunch weekends; in the Oaks Event Center at Southern Oaks Country Club, 3 miles east of Interstate 35W, 817-731-2547,,

The Ol’ South Pancake House, a 24-hour landmark in west Fort Worth for 57 years, will host the groundbreaking Friday for its new Old Town Burleson location.

The newest Ol’ South will be at 295 E. Renfro St. in the Old Town Station shops. At 9 a.m. Friday, Ol’ South will serve breakfast and biscuits at the groundbreaking.

The original Ol’ South is open 24 hours at 1509 S. University Drive, 817-336-0311,

For the moment, Burleson’s reigning breakfast remains Our Place Restaurant, a 30-year favorite serving breakfast all day plus lunch on Interstate 35W at 950 N. Burleson Blvd., 817-426-9009,

Columnist Bud Kennedy is a Fort Worth guy who covered high school football at 16 and has moved on to two Super Bowls, seven political conventions and 15 Texas Legislature sessions. Since 1985, he has also written more than 2,000 “Eats Beat” columns about Texas dining, restaurants and food.