Brunch is such a luxury, and such a joy. What other meal allows you to combine the best of breakfast foods and the regular menu? If you can’t decide between breakfast and lunch, or you want a reason to put champagne in your OJ, vodka in your tomato juice, or whiskey in your coffee, Fort Worth has you covered. Here’s our list of a Baker’s dozen of the best brunches in town.
B&B Butchers probably gets the prize for decadent, special-occasion, white-tablecloth weekend brunch. All the best of the lunch and dinner menus are featured, along with sweet favorites, lox and bagels, oysters, and a brisket hash that’s big enough to serve two people comfortably.
Bird Café has a scrumptious brunch with seasonal, fresh menu items, including a Creole eggs Benedict, challah French toast, scrambled duck eggs, and a pork cheek hash. If you favor some lighter fare, try the avocado or egg-white omelets, or the house-made granola. In addition to more wines than you can shake a tail feather at, Bird’s artisan bar menu offers custom and creative cocktails.
Blue Mesa’s legendary brunch is a study in everything good about the meal. In addition to the build-your-own street tacos, the proprietary and oh-so-delish corn cake, and fresh-made guacamole, you’ll find glazed ham, Belgian waffles (with chicken if you want to get your sweet and salty together), fruit, salad and more. Sunday brunch runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the newly added Saturday brunch goes from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.!
Brewed is open at the crack of 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and their all-day breakfast menu is in full effect. Build your own biscuit, grab some chilaquiles or a healthy veggie skillet, or dive into lunch-y hot plates like shrimp and grits or a chicken pot pie.
Cane Rosso’s weekend brunch is pretty new, and it’s a spectacular addition to your dining options. Of course you can get your favorite pies and lunch menu items, along with chicken and waffles and a tater tot poutine. The Literally Everything pizza is an amazing white pie with smoked salmon, scallions, an egg, and Everything seasoning. It’s like a bagel, but better, and with leftovers!
Cat City Grill
Cat City Grill offers one of the best year-round brunch menus ever. Like eggs Benedict? You’ll find a choice of four, including a spinach Benedict. There are a half-dozen omelets on the menu, including a veggie version and a seafood omelet with crab cake mix, Swiss cheese and Hollandaise sauce. One of the best things about this brunch menu: mimosas, screwdrivers, Bellinis, and the traditional bloody Mary are all a mere $3 each!
Del Frisco's Grille
Del Frisco’s Grille offers brunch both Saturday and Sunday. The regular brunch menu includes braised short rib hash, a decadent Red Velvet Belgian waffle, and a crab cake Benedict. Lunch items like burgers, salmon, and the amazing sweet corn bisque (pair it with a delicious Caesar salad for $14) are also available.
Esperanza’s has possibly the best traditional Mexican breakfast around. The Main Street location’s open daily at 6:30 a.m., while the Park Place site opens at 6 a.m. Although you won’t find alcohol, you’ll get the best and most beautiful pan dulce, arroz con leche, and breakfast tacos with every conceivable combination. The lunch tacos, tortas and combos will keep you full and happy. If you’d rather sip a margarita, big brother restaurant Joe T. Garcia’s offers brunch both Saturday and Sunday. You’ll get a choice of six brunch items, including menudo, and the lunch version of their legendary menu. Remember to bring cash for this brunch!
Little Red Wasp
Little Red Wasp offers the best in casual, laid-back brunch. Chef Blaine Staniford isn’t afraid to mix things up - his brunch menu includes the traditional (French toast, cheddar biscuits, devilled eggs), the extravagant (a short rib Benedict and housemade donut holes), and food that isn’t generally on brunch menus (a Reuben sandwich and brisket potstickers). The cocktail menu is also full of surprises –– try a pear mimosa or one of several dozen craft and unusual beers.
Lucille's Stateside Bistro
Lucille’s Stateside Bistro is the grande dame of Fort Worth restaurants. Sure, they call their brunch “breakfast,” perhaps because the weekend service starts at 9 a.m. Eggs Benedict, a breakfast frittata from their wood oven, and a buttery, lemony Dutch Baby pancake highlight the menu.
Piattello Italian Kitchen
Piattello Italian Kitchen offers Sunday brunch Italian style, with a selection of antipasti, salads, pizzas, pasta, and more traditional menu items like French toast and eggs in Purgatory. The cannoli, with house-made ricotta cheese, pistachio nuts, and a decadent chocolate ganache is not to be missed.
Press Café’s extensive breakfast/brunch menu starts at 7 a.m., with a huge offering of almost everything under the sun. From avocado toast to a breakfast burrito to quiche, omelets, French toast and waffles, there’s literally something for everyone. Chef Felipe Armenta’s other restaurants Cork & Pig Tavern on Crockett Row and The Tavern on Hulen also offer brunch starting at 9 a.m.
Reata Restaurant’s weekend brunch menu is packed with traditional favorites spiced with a definitive southwestern twist. Take the biscuits and gravy, topped with diced elk sausage. There’s a version of chicken and waffles that includes fried quail atop a sweet, crispy cake batter waffle. And the shrimp and grits are served with spicy chorizo sausage. Of course, if you want items from the lunch menu, including the locally legendary chicken fried steak with cracked pepper cream gravy or the carne asada with cheese enchiladas, they won’t say no.