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Brunch, biscuits, burgers and more parking: a new Beacon brings pancakes to U.S. 287

Beacon Cafe 287 is new north of Saginaw

Christie Bingham brought her recipes and popular breakfasts to a new location north of Saginaw near U.S. 287 and Avondale-Haslet Road.
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Christie Bingham brought her recipes and popular breakfasts to a new location north of Saginaw near U.S. 287 and Avondale-Haslet Road.

Owners split up one of Texas’ best breakfast and burger restaurants, so now we have two Beacon Cafes.

Gene Bingham kept the old location near Saginaw.

Christie Bingham got the new location 2 miles north with all the parking.

Beacon Cafe 287 is her restaurant, the latest outpost for stellar breakfasts, weekend brunch buffets and those avocado-Jack cheeseburgers.

The first Beacon opened in 2011 near Saginaw on the runway at the 35-year-old Hicks Field airport, named after a long-gone military airfield nearby.

Now, tne cars have almost crowded out the planes.

So when Bingham talks about the new Beacon 287 near Avondale-Haslet Road, the first thing she says is: “We’ve got plenty of parking!”

The food and hours are basically still the same as at the first Beacon, which remains open.

An elaborate breakfast buffet starts at 7 a.m. weekends and includes the Beacon’s No. 1 order: pineapple upside-down pancakes.

They’re made with just enough caramelized-sugar pineapple to seem like something you’d find in a trendy restaurant like Snooze or Yolk, not in a plate-lunch cafe near the Wise County line.

There’s a pancake station at the weekend brunch, an omelet station and a table spread with fruit and breads.

At lunch. the menu offers a few of Bingham’s “extreme” burgers and Beacon specialties like a housemade almond-apricot chicken salad, or Reuben sandwiches with specialty corned beef on marble rye.

Christie Bingham is experimenting with dishes like burnt-end breakfast tacos, or a breakfast stuffed avocado filled with egg whites, bacon or sausage and Muenster cheese.

Both Beacons are open for breakfast and lunch daily. (The airport location is closed Mondays.)

The new Beacon Cafe 287 is at 12721 Business U.S. 287 North in far northwest Fort Worth. That’s so far out North Main Street past Saginaw that it’s no longer called North Main Street; 817-809-8606.

The earlier location is at 171 Aviator Drive in rural Tarrant County north of Saginaw; 817-439-1041,

(A separate Beacon Cafe on Beach is no longer operated by the same family.)

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.