Here’s the No. 1 thing to know about Easter brunch:
Families go for breakfast after sunrise services. Then another wave follows after church on the biggest Christian holiday of the year.
That’s why buffets like Blue Mesa Grill open at 8 a.m. this one Sunday.
Here’s a look at the early brunches, the buffets and the midday fine-dining deals for Easter 2019:
▪ Blue Mesa Grill, always one of the better weekend buffets, will open at 8 a.m. for the sunrise-service crowd.
▪ The swankiest Easter brunch in Fort Worth is the $68 ballroom buffet from 11 a.m. at the Omni Fort Worth hotel, featuring lamb, ham with a raisin-fig relish, roast chicken, snapper and even brisket.
But beginning at 6:30 a.m. the $21 hotel breakfast buffet downstairs in Cast Iron is plenty nice on Easter or any day. On weekends, it serves until noon; 1300 Houston St., 817-350-4106, omnifortworthhotel.com.
▪ The other elegant brunch this side of Dallas is at the Four Seasons Resort in Irving, where LAW Restaurant’s buffet starts at 10 a.m. ($95).
▪ Fort Worth’s affordable holiday buffet opens at 8 a.m. Heaven’s Gate Restaurant serves breakfast first ($12.99), then switches at 11:30 a.m. to a dinner buffet ($15.99).
▪ At 9 a.m., Twigs Bistro will lauch a soecial Easter buffet.
Twigs grabs the early crowd in the Shops at Clearfork with carved prime rib and salmon, Benedicts, crepes and a buffet table of breakfast items and breads ($31.99); 5289 Marathon Ave., 817-764-0025, twigsbistro.com.
▪ At 9:30 a.m., the weekly Pinstripes buffet opens in the Shops at Clearfork.
▪ Open every weekend at 9 a.m.: Lucile’s and cousin H3 Ranch at the Stockyards Hotel along with Cork & Pig Tavern on Crockett Row and cousins Pacific Table in University Park Village and The Tavern on South Hulen Street. (No big Easter specials, but always a good selection.)
More big Easter lunch buffets
▪ In west Fort Worth, Buffalo West will serve a wide-ranging buffet ($35) with turkey, ham and roast sirloin, plus omelets and desserts.
▪ In north Arlington, Rolling Hills Country Club opens to the public only on Easter, serving a sprawling buffet with chicken tarragon, ham, baked salmon, breakfast items, salads and desserts.
▪ In south Arlington, Ventana Grille at the Tierra Verde Golf Club will serve a large ballroom buffet featuring glazed ham, tenderloin, pan-seared chicken, breakfast itrems, sslads and desserts.
▪ In Grapevine, the enduring Willhoite’s Restaurant will serve its regular all-you-want buffet ($16) featuring omelet and waffle stations, fried chicken, meat loaf, catfish and breakfast items, plus salads and desserts.
Be warned: The buffet opens at 11 every Sunday, but the line starts earlier. Second warning: Willhoite’s allows smoking, even at lunchtime (there’s a non-smoking dining room); 432 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-481-7511, willhoites.com.
▪ Near Burleson, the Gardens Restaurant will celebrate its new location with a buffet featuring leg of lamb, pork loin, grilled chicken or penne pasta, plus breakfast items and desserts.
Both the Buffet at the Kimbell Art Museum and nicer Cafe Modern will serve their regular brunch menus.
Special brunch menus
▪ In downtown Fort Worth, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, the granddaddy of downtown’s steakhouse “beef block,” has a classy balcony patio and a prime-rib special in 16- or 20-ounce portions ($45-$55).
There’s also a choice of a filet or lobster Benedict ($46), and the regular $59 three-course Sunday dinner featuring a New York strip, filet or the fish of the day; 812 Main St., 817-877-3999, delfriscos.com
▪ Also on the “beef block” downtown, Capital Grille will open at 10 a.m. and serve a $49 brunch featuring shrimp-and-grits, a lobster frittata, a New York strip steak-and-egg, a filet, salmon or chicken-and-waffles.
▪ On Sundance Square Plaza, Del Frisco’s Grille has a patio and a menu of five $13.50-$24 brunch specials, leading with a filet or crabcake Benedict. (But I bet Mom would like the red velvet Belgian waffle with thick bacon.)
▪ In the Stockyards, Lonesome Dove Western Bistro will open at 11 a.m. and serve a $39 brunch featuring eggs Benedict, a rabbit empanada or banana-bread French toast.
▪ In Clearfork, CRÚ Food & Wine Bar has grown into one the busiest brunches in the shopping center. The Easter menu offers a three-course brunch ($35) featuring lamb loin, crabcake Benedict, steak-and-eggs, halibut or an asparagus-prosciutto omelet.
▪ In the West 7th area, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood offers a choice of five special entrees: steak-and-eggs, shrimp-and-grits, a crab-asparagus omelet, lobster quiche or a chicken breast-jalapeno biscuit.
Highlight: a choice of three desserts including butterscotch-salted caramel panna cotta with walnut pralines. It’s a $49 special, or order off the dinner menu; 3100 W, Seventh St., 817-336-8000, eddiev.com.
▪ On Crockett Row, El Bolero will serve a Mexico City-style Easter brunch with special lobster huevos rancheros ($25) and slow-roasted cochinita-and-egg tacos ($12).
▪ Nearby, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink will serve a $50 brunch featuring eggs Benedict, French toast, shrimp-and-grits or Clay Pigeon’s award-winning cheeseburger; 2731 White Settlement Road, 817-882-8065, claypigeonfd.com.
▪ In Euless, the Thirsty Lion Gastropub will open at 10 a.m. and serve a menu featuring the Oregon-based restaurant’s Irish whiskey French toast, Benedicts, a spinach-feta omelet and other breakfast choices.
▪ In Grapevine, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille offers a Cajun steak-and-eggs Benedict for $44.95, or a crabcake Benedict for $38.95.
▪ In central Fort Worth, Taste Community Restaurant adds a socially responsible weekly Sunday brunch, featuring chilaquiles, a mushroom omelet, asparagus-mushroom pasta or other choices.
▪ In Colleyville, Next Bistro will offer a $39.95 brunch featuring a choice of five items including flatiron steak, stuffed quail, spinach-salmon pasta, lobster mac-and-cheese or shrimp-and-grits; 5003 Colleyville Blvd., 682-325-4046, nextwoodfiredbistro.com.
▪ In Watauga, Chef Point Restaurant & Bar, the famous gas station-restaurant, offers a choice of seven entrees ($22-$35) ranging from roast duck à l’orange to baked ham, steaks or fish; 5901 Watauga Road, 817-656-0080, chefpointcafe.org.
Far and wide
▪ Near Weatherford, Mamma Monica will open at 10 a.m. and serve a wide-ranging buffet with lasagna, chicken cacciatore, meatballs, salads, an Easter “beef roll” and savory torta pasqualina, a spinach-and-ricotta pie similiar to Italian spanakopita.