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For restaurants, this will be the mother of all Mother’s Days.

With TCU graduation and Mother’s Day back-to-back Saturday and Sunday, some restaurants are facing their two busiest days of the year in a single weekend.

Several restaurants are booked. Others don’t need to promote a special.

So here are a few nice places to take Mom, and a few alternate choices if your favorite is booked:

Pretty restaurants

The prettiest lunch restaurant any day is Cafe Modern, and at last glance the museum cafe still had tables available early and late Mother’s Day.

Try the salmon lox Benedict, the carrot-cake waffles or the furikake avocado toast. Cafe Modern will serve its regular brunch menu as always, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 3200 Darnell St., 817-840-2157,

On Magnolia Avenue, Ellerbe Fine Foods is the brightest and prettiest of the city’s top-tier restaurants.

The three-course Mother’s Day lunch offers a choice of garlic shrimp, eggs Florentine or an herb-scented chicken breast, with strawberry-citrus poppyseed “I Love You Cake”; $45, 1501 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-926-3663,

Two blocks east, Lili’s Bistro is opening at 10:30 a.m. for a rare Sunday lunch and offering first-come, first-served seating on its pretty deck.

The regular lunch menu will add a seafood frittata, a “Texas Benedict” with chicken-fried steak on biscuits, or a “Cajun Benedict” of crawfish on cornbread; $18, 1310 W. Magnolia Ave., 817-877-0700,

On Sundance Square Plaza, Bird Cafe and Del Frisco’s Grille offer patio or upstairs seating with a view of the plaza, the Chisholm Trail mural and the families coming and going on Mom’s special day.

Bird Cafe is mostly booked for brunch, but has tables for a $45 homestyle dinner including country-fried steak and lemon chess pie; 155 E. Fourth St., 817-332-2473,

Del Frisco’s Grille has more tables available for its $13-$24 brunch menu or $20-$30-ish dinner menu. The Grille is at 154 E. Third St., or there’s also a Southlake Town Square location; book online at

Clubby buffets

The most elaborate buffet in Fort Worth is in the ballroom at the Omni Fort Worth downtown ($68).

The menu includes prime rib, banana leaf-wrapped salmon, coq au vin or a portobello-stuffed pork loin, plus pastas and sweets; 1300 Houston St., 817-350-4106,

If you’re looking for the buffet at The Gardens Restaurant in the Botanic Garden, it’s moved.

The Gardens will serve its traditional lavish buffet — help yourself to New York strip, pork tenderloin, stuffed chicken or Hawaiian salmon, with salads and desserts — in its new home, 13765 Southern Oaks Drive in south Fort Worth near Burleson.

It’s a country-club setting, but the same familiar buffet; $29.99, 817-731-2547,

In Fort Worth, the Buffalo West steakhouse offers a classic buffet with omelet station and dessert bar every Sunday.

The Mother’s Day menu features roast sirloin; $43, 7101 Camp Bowie West, 817-732-2370.

In Euless, another country-club-style buffet with space available is at the Raven’s Grille at Texas Star Golf Course; $19.95, 1400 Texas Star Parkway, 817-685-1843,

In south Arlington near Mansfield, Ventana Grille also serves brunch in a golf-club setting; 7005 Golf Club Drive, $47.95, 817-548-5047

Buffets with a view

In the West Seventh Street area, Blue Mesa Grill will open its upstairs ballroom, 5th & Carroll Events, and serve up to 1,400 Mother’s Day buffet diners with a view of the downtown skyline.

Yes, that’s 1,400 — about two diners per minute for the buffet, grill orders and omelets from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ($24). There’s also a Saturday lunch buffet; 612 Carroll St., 817-332-6372,

It’s not fancy, but the Buffet at the Kimbell Art Museum is a nice lunch stop any Saturday or Sunday, and stick around for the 3 p.m. gallery tour.

Chef Peter Kreidler’s menu usually offers a quiche, a sandwich and the Kimbell’s famous soups for about $12.50. Come for lunch, stay for the fine art; noon-2 p.m. (Pavilion Cafe till 4 p.m.), 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, ext. 277,

Wine bistros

Both of the popular wine bistros, CRÚ Food & Wine Bar in the Shops at Clearfork and Winslow’s Wine Cafe near the Cultural District, will serve Mother’s Day brunch but may be booked.

CRÚ’s impressive menu ($38) features lemon-thyme halibut, steak-and-eggs or three other choices, and that powerful molten-chocolate lava cake. Try for a table at 817-737-9463.

Winslow’s is a cozy west side neighborhood bistro and may have other space available this weekend; call 817-546-6843.

In Colleyville, Next Bistro will offer a $44.95 brunch featuring a choice of five items including shrimp-and-grits, veal-stuffed quail, beef Wellington or lobster mac-and-cheese; 5003 Colleyville Blvd., 682-325-4046,

If Mom wants beef

Downtown, Grace Fort Worth rises above the other prime steakhouses in both menu and charm.

It’s rarely open Sundays, but the Mother’s Day menu features brunch items, Maine lobster and 44 Farms all-natural steaks; 777 Main St., 817-877-3388,

In Sundance Square, Reata has an incredibly busy weekend and will offer a limited lunch and brunch menu both Saturday and Sunday.

But the prices are reasonable: $14 for egg platters, $11 for enchiladas and $27 for a nice lunch tenderloin with sides, or order from the dinner menu; 310 Houston St., 817-336-1009,

The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro now opens holidays and will serve a $49 brunch; 2406 N. Main St., 817-740-8810,

All the prime steak and seafood houses are open and still had tables available early this week: Bob’s Steak & Chop House (in the Omni Fort Worth or Grapevine), Capital Grille, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Kirby’s Steakhouse (in Southlake), Mercury Chop House (in the Tower), Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Silver Fox Steakhouses in Fort Worth or Grapevine, Truluck’s in Southlake and Waters Restaurant in Fort Worth.

Italian or Mediterranean

Also, try an Italian restaurant like Piola in the Cultural District or Mancuso’s Italian Restaurant west of Loop 820. Campisi’s Restaurant in Ridglea is always a Sunday bargain.

South of Weatherford, Mamma Monica’s will serve a buffet with pastas, lasagna, chicken Parmigiana, meatballs and desserts such as tiramisu or panna cotta; $30, 5107 New Tin Top Road, 817-818-2948.

If Mom likes Greek or Mediterranean dining, Terra Mediterranean Grill has a buffet every Sunday. Byblos Mediterranean will offer the Hedary family’s special Mother’s Day buffet. Or try the pretty Istanbul Grill downtown.

The affordable side

Fort Worth’s affordable holiday buffet, 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.

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; 432 S. Main St., Grapevine, 817-481-7511,

The weekly Pinstripes buffet in the Shops at Clearfork 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,

Chef Point Restaurant & Bar, the famous gas station-restaurant, offers a choice of seven entrees ($22-$35) ranging from rosemary chicken to stuffed swordfish, blackeyed ribeyes and moreh; 5901 Watauga Road, 817-656-0080,

(For reservations in a rush, try or

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.