The history of Mother’s Day in the U.S.
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:
▪ 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, themodern.org.
▪ 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, ellerbefinefoods.com.
▪ 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, lilisbistro.com.
▪ 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.
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 opentable.com.
▪ The most elaborate buffet in Fort Worth is in the ballroom at the Omni Fort Worth downtown ($68).
▪ 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.
▪ In Fort Worth, the Buffalo West steakhouse offers a classic buffet with omelet station and dessert bar every Sunday.
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, bluemesagrill.com.
▪ 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, kimbellart.org/visit/dine.
▪ 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.
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, nextwoodfiredbistro.com.
If Mom wants beef
▪ Downtown, Grace Fort Worth rises above the other prime steakhouses in both menu and charm.
▪ In Sundance Square, Reata has an incredibly busy weekend and will offer a limited lunch and brunch menu both Saturday and Sunday.
▪ 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.
▪ 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).
▪ 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.
▪ 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, pinstripes.com
▪ 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, chefpointcafe.org.