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Easter 2019: Here’s the big list of holiday brunches and buffets in DFW

Here’s the No. 1 thing to know about Easter brunch:

Start early.

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:

Early-bird brunches

Blue Mesa Grill, always one of the better weekend buffets, will open at 8 a.m. for the sunrise-service crowd.

Look for a street taco station, fajitas, enchiladas and a wide array of sundaes and desserts; $24, 612 Carroll St., 817-332-6372,

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,

A similar early breakfast and buffet are served at older Trevi’s in the Omni Las Colinas, 221 E. Las Colinas Blvd., 972-556-0800,

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).

But at 7 a.m. every Sunday, the Four Seasons opens to serve a $29 breakfast buffet; 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., 972-717-2420,

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).

Heaven’s Gate serves breakfast and a lunch buffet daily and dinner Thursdays through Saturdays at 3820 N. Main St.; 817-624-1262.

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,

At 9:30 a.m., the weekly Pinstripes buffet opens in the Shops at Clearfork.

Pinstripes has a carving station, waffle station, made-to-order omelets, entrees and a dessert table ($28). Plus bowling, too; 5001 Trailhead Bend Way, 682-352-0808,

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.

Louis Bek plays piano at brunch. It’s a nostalgic experience in an old former Steak & Ale; 7101 Camp Bowie Blvd. West, 817-732-2370,

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.

It’s $29.95, beginning at 10:30 a.m.; 401 E. Lamar Blvd., 817-274-1072,

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.

It’s $46.95, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; 7005 Golf Club Drive, 817-548-5047,

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,

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.

It’s a $29.99 special and served from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; 13765 Southern Oaks Drive, Burleson, 817-731-2547;

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,

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.

The regular menu is also available; 800 Main St., 817-348-9200,

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.)

It’s at 154 E. Third St., 817-887-9900,

The classic Grace will offer its regular prime steak menu plus brunch items; 777 Main St., 817-877-3388,

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.

The brunch includes soup or salad, biscuit and coconut sorbet; 2406 N. Main St., 817-740-8810,

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.

Definitely get the molten chocolate lava cake dessert; 5188 Marathon Ave., 817-737-9463,

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,

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).

For late risers, brunch is served weekends till 4 p.m.; 2933 Crockett St., 682-250-7583,

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,

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.

The “Lion’s Breakfast” is a bacon-cheddar burger with ham and egg; 1220 Chisholm Trail, 817-283-9000,

In Grapevine, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille offers a Cajun steak-and-eggs Benedict for $44.95, or a crabcake Benedict for $38.95.

After 4 p.m. Sunday the popular Perry’s pork chop dinner is $34.95; 2400 Texas 114 West, 682-477-2261,

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.

Desserts include profiteroles with spiced custard. Give a reasonable donation to help pay for meals for others who cannot; 1200 S. Main St., 817-759-9045,

In Arlington, Humperdinks Restaurant, a holiday standby, is serving its weekly $14.99 Sunday and holiday brunch; 700 Six Flags Drive, 817-640-8553,

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,

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,

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.

It’s $35 for all you want; 5107 New Tin Top Road, 817-818-2948,

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.