- Tanya Wardell
Mash’d is a hip restaurant and moonshine bar in the West 7th Cultural District. While its claim to fame is the vast selection of corn-mash based spirits on its menu, Mash’d also serves up a delicious brunch. Try the aptly named mash’d tator eggsplosion, made with layers of mashed potato, scrambled eggs, bacon, and lots of melted cheddar cheese. They also have a vegetarian menu, including the man-hole cover pancake: 14 inches of blueberry and butterscotch-stuffed goodness topped with cream cheese butter and pistachios. Try any of the four flavors of mimosas on the menu or the moonshine and chipotle infused Bloody Mary.
Mash’d, 2948 Crockett St, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 882 6723
The Bearded Lady
If you want to drink your brunch, look no further than The Bearded Lady. Not only will you find an expansive selection of craft beer on tap and bottomless mimosas for eight bucks, but their Bloody Mary is a meal in itself: a spicy, savory tomato cocktail served in a mason jar and adorned with pickled asparagus, olives, and a bacon-wrapped straw. If you prefer a more fork-friendly brunch, try the deep-fried breakfast burrito, filled to the brim with chorizo, eggs, hash browns and jalepeños. Lounge on their sunny patio or hang out on a pillow-lined bench inside and enjoy a lazy weekend brunch at this don’t-miss spot.
The Bearded Lady, 1229 7th Ave, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 349 9832
The setting alone is enough of a reason to visit Café Modern, located inside the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Relax on the patio surrounded by serene reflecting pools, or look out on the water from the clean and sophisticated indoor dining area. You will enjoy an elegant brunch made with sustainable and locally produced seasonal ingredients and expertly crafted cocktails. After brunch, make a cultural day of it by visiting the museum; as a bonus, admission is free on Sundays.
Café Modern, 3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 840 2157
Little Red Wasp
Located just a few blocks from Sundance Square, Little Red Wasp offers up a tasty selection of soulful comfort food. This place, owned by restaurateur Adam Jones, is located about a block away from its more upscale sibling, Grace, and is marked by its warm, casual atmosphere. Bring some friends and cozy up in one of their comfy booths, where you can sip on pear mimosas or try an inspired cocktail, like the morning bloom, a flowery concoction of elderflower liquor and sugar cubes infused with Angostura bitters. The brunch menu is robust and features such dishes as corned beef hash, or a chicken biscuit as big as your plate.
Little Red Wasp, 808 Main St, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 877 3111
Pacific Table is a hidden gem, occupying an inconspicuous corner spot in the University Park Village shopping center, and is the second of Chef Felipe Armenta’s many local restaurants. His menu emphasizes sustainable ingredients, with dishes inspired by the foods of the Pacific Northwest. Savor a tasteful brunch of lemon ricotta pancakes or the crab-cake benedict in the upscale, modern dining room or while lounging on the stylish patio.
Pacific Table, 1600 S University Dr #601, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 887 9995
Contemporary design and a romantic atmosphere paired with a wood-fired brick oven and artisan Italian dishes make Vivo 53 an inspired choice for any brunch aficionado. Try the brick oven smoked salmon pizza, topped with herbed crème fraiche, cold-smoked salmon and organic chives, and sip on their ‘infamous cappuccino’ or take advantage of one-dollar mimosas. The menu emphasizes fresh ingredients, many of which come from local farms, and is an authentic taste of Italy in downtown Fort Worth.
Vivo 53, 525 Taylor St, Fort Worth, TX, USA +1 682 207 8700
Ol’ South Pancake House
While it’s not necessarily a traditional brunch spot, a visit to Fort Worth is not complete without a stop at Ol’ South Pancake House. The restaurant has been family-owned since 1962, and offers up a straightforward menu that has been labeled Fort Worth’s ‘best breakfast’ 6 years running. Give the famous German pancakes a try, or fill up on a biscuits’n’gravy skillet. The best part? It’s open 24 hours, so whether your idea of brunch is 11am or 11pm, Ol’ South can deliver. Whatever you do, don’t miss this spot for simple Texas hospitality at its finest.
Ol’ South Pancake House, 1509 S University Dr, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 336 0311
Bird Café sits in a historic building right in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, on Sundance Square. The walls are lined with bird-themed artwork, the tables and booths inside are both elegant and cozy, and the patio is by far one of the best for people-watching in the downtown area. Try the badass bacon waffle, topped with bacon, caramel apples, melted brie, and berries and sip on their bird mimosa, made with prosecco, hibiscus liqueur and orange juice.
Bird Café, 155 E 4th St, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 332 2473
Max’s Wine Dive
If you think fried chicken makes the perfect brunch food, especially when combined with a glass of wine, make sure you check out Max’s Wine Dive. The food is described as ‘gourmet comfort food with a twist’. Chef Stefon Rishel’s fun menu is a testament to creative flair, including creations like the Texas Benedict, made with a sweet potato-jalapeño biscuit and chicken-fried quail breast; or the MAX’n cheese, a rich pasta dish that blends three cheeses with a truffle cream sauce. Make reservations, as it can get pretty busy on weekends, and don’t miss this place, it’s a little bit rock’n’roll, a little bit artsy, a little bit modern, and a whole lot of delicious.
Max’s Wine Dive, 2421 W 7th St #109, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 870 1100
The Social House
Here’s what The Social House isn’t. It’s not upscale or formal, cozy or subdued. It’s not a quiet little café hidden away on a quaint, tree-lined side street. The Social House is loud, fun and lively, a bustling patio restaurant smack dab in the heart of the West 7th Cultural District. Hang out for a while and chow down on tasty brunch dishes like the chilaquiles, a mountain of pulled pork, eggs, tortilla chips, queso fresco and crème fraiche; or the house chicken and waffles smothered in Tabasco butter, jalepeños and maple syrup. Soak up the sun while enjoying carafes of mimosas or peach bellinis, or try one of the 100 beers on tap. The raucous vibes ensure good times will be had by all, so invite your best buds along and hit up this spot for the most fun brunch in town.
The Social House, 840 Currie St, Fort Worth, TX, USA, +1 817 820 1510