Coronavirus might have halted plans for big family gatherings, but it hasn't canceled Mother's Day. Mom still deserves to be treated like a queen on her special day, which falls on Sunday, May 10.
While some Fort Worth-area restaurants are opening back up at 25 percent occupancy, many are keeping their doors closed, continuing curbside meal pickup operations only. And some are choosing to do both.
That means (just like on Easter this year) special meal packages are available to-go for Mother’s Day. Don’t forget to add on a mimosa kit, bottle of wine, or Mom's favorite beer.
Here are the local restaurants offering something special for Mom in the Fort Worth area. (The list will continue to be updated as more plans are announced.)
The Southern-inspired brunch to-go includes sweet tea brined fried chicken on a buttermilk biscuit, yogurt with berries and granola, cinnamon twist French toast with peach compote, and Texas pimento cheese and smoked bacon omelet with fried potatoes ($55 for four, $75 for six). Add a mimosa, bloody Mary, or Irish coffee kit ($15-$28) and pick up on May 10 from 10 am-3 pm.
Buffets might be a thing of the past thanks to COVID-19 — at least for the time being. But Blue Mesa’s popular brunch buffet is available in to-go form for Mother’s Day ($75, serves four) and includes chips and salsa, relleno scrambler, French toast casserole, multiple salads, a “taco bar” with grilled chicken and ground beef-chorizo, enchiladas, rice, beans, and cajeta swirl brownies. Don’t forget to add a mimosa kit for $20. Order now for curbside pickup on May 9 or 10.
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
If Mom likes seafood, consider chef Jon Bonnell’s pecan-crusted Texas redfish with jumbo lump crab and brown butter. The meal will be paired with baby green beans, jasmine rice, mixed green salad, and sweet cornbread ($90 for two, $160 for four). Spoil Mom with decadent add-ons like grilled lobster tail ($40) or grilled quail legs ($12 for six with buttermilk dipping sauce). Order by 12 pm May 6 for May 9 pickup.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The upscale Shops at Clearfork restaurant (which hopes to reopen on May 18 if restaurant occupancy is allowed at 50 percent by then) is offering multiple ways to treat Mom. The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Basket ($215) includes curated goodies like rose and champagne, cheese plate and matching cheese knife, smoked salmon, crackers, truffles and toffee, and a $100 gift card to the restaurant. Order by 10 am May 8 for May 9 pickup. (Floral arrangements may be added for $65.) Or treat her to a surf and turf package ($103.50 for two) including filet, lobster, and sides that’ll be ready for Mother's Day pickup.
The gourmet grocer is offering Mom everything from breakfast in bed to easy-to-prep dinner kits. Surprise her with cheese quiche, mixed berries, mini scones, and orange juice ($15.99, serves one to two). Or go with a bigger brunch option, featuring French toast casserole, sausage and arugula quiche, spinach and strawberry salad, fruit, croissants, and juice ($59.99, feeds four to six). Meal kits include surf and turf ($59.99 serves two), chipotle-lime fajitas ($49.99, feeds four to six), and pizza with pepperoni, sausage, Caesar salad, and chocolate chunk cookies ($29.99, serves four). The Mother’s Day menu also includes cakes, chocolates, and floral arrangements to-go. Order online starting May 4 and pick up May 7-10.
Chef Point Restaurant & Bar
Both the Watauga and Colleyville locations are offering a menu of a la cart items for pickup. Entree choices include 16-ounce rosemary chicken ($26, serves two), 16-ounce grilled salmon ($36.50, serves two), and 32-ounce blackened ribeye ($66.50, serves two). Add on various sides-for-two, including lobster mac and cheese ($15), and mashed potatoes ($8). Finish the meal with Chef Point's famous bread pudding ($9) and add a bottle of wine of bloody Mary. Fill our the order form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Place orders by May 8 for pickup between 11 am and 5 pm May 9.
Chef Tim Love
Mother’s Day at home, Tim Love style, features lobster cakes with black bean and corn salsa, butter lettuce salad, garlic-stuffed beef tenderloin, and chocolate Tuaca mousse cake with raspberry coulis ($120 serves two, $200 serves four). Add on pulled pork mac and cheese for the kids ($8 each), and a bottle of Vueve Cliquot for $100. Order now for Mother's Day pickup at his corporate office, 713 North Main St., Fort Worth.
The Classic at Roanoke
The Roanoke fine dining restaurant plans for a special Mother's Day by preparing an old favorite: Chicken Diane. Their three-course Mother's Day meal includes mixed greens with feta cheese, dried cranberries, toasted hazelnuts, with a honey black pepper vinaigrette; Chicken Diane served with sour cream and chive mashed potatoes and seasoned green beans; and white chocolate strawberry mousse. Cost is $30 per person plus tax. Order online or call 817-430-8185. Wine, beer, and martinis may be ordered on Mother's Day, as well. Pre-order meals for curbside pickup from 12-4 pm May 10.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
The elegant downtown steakhouse is offering a Mother's Day family dinner package ($130) that serves two adults and two children, with different menu items for each. The adults get crab cakes, salad, and choice of beef tenderloin or salmon with mashed potatoes and asparagus. The kids get cheeseburgers or chicken fingers, and everyone can indulge in butter cake with caramel sauce and whipped cream for dessert. Add $10 per additional child and $65 for each additional adult.
Del Frisco’s Grille
Choose from one of two packages: brunch or dinner. Both serve two adults and two children. Brunch menu items include layered yogurt parfaits, veggie frittata, cinnamon rolls, bacon and potato hash, and chocolate chip pancakes. The package ($60) also comes with a bottle of prosecco and OJ for Mom — to share with Dad if she wishes. The dinner package ($120) includes salad, surf and turf for two, pizza or cheeseburgers for the kiddos, and vanilla pot de crème with caramel and whipped cream. (Add $10 per additional child and $65 for each additional adult.) Orders must be placed by 12 pm May 9 for Mother's Day pickup.
Doc B's Fresh Kitchen
The Clearfork restaurant is serving brunch for two for $59.99. Included are choices like Santa Fe frittata, avocado toast, scrambled egg quesadilla, and apple pie French toast. Add candied bacon, breakfast potatoes, or chicken sausage, and don't forget the mimosa kit or bloody Marys. Place orders by 12 pm May 9 for Mother's Day pickup.
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
They've got moms who crave seafood covered. The special four course menu ($195 for four to six servings, $115 for two servings) starts with chilled Gulf shrimp cocktail. Entrees include choice of herb-roasted tenderloin or Chilean sea bass; accompaniments are truffled mac and cheese, grilled asparagus, and three-cheese au gratin potatoes. For dessert, there's bananas Foster butter cake served with butter pecan ice cream. Add chocolate-dipped strawberries and a long-stem rose, wine pairings, and more. Preorder for curbside pickup on May 8 or 9, then heat at home on Mother's Day.
Family meal packs from the Tex-Mex institution, whose Fort Worth location sits in Ridglea Plaza, include chicken, beef, or cheese enchiladas ($25.99, feeds four) and beef or chicken fajitas ($44.49-$54.99, feeds four to six). Each comes with a pint of refried beans, a pint of rice, and all the fixings. Add tamales by the dozen ($16) in beef or pork. The packs are available for preorder and day-of ordering both Saturday and Sunday of Mother’s Day weekend.
The Keller restaurant’s Mother’s Day brunch a la carte menu ranges from macadamia chicken and cornbread waffles ($22, serves two to three) and ham and cheese strata ($28, serves four) to a pancake pack with bacon and eggs ($22, serves four) and a “hangover party” breakfast bowl ($28, serves four). Add DIY cocktail kits ($28, serves six to eight) or a single bloody Mary for only $3.50. Order by 12 pm May 8 for Mother's Day pickup from 9 am-2 pm.
Hot Box Biscuit Club
The buzzy South Main biscuit destination is doing brunch to-go for four ($65) that includes: fruit salad with poppyseed dressing, creamy tomato bisque, four take-and-bake heart-shaped biscuits with strawberry butter, eggs Benedict biscuit bread pudding, and Mary's chocolate cream pie parfait. Add on a bottle of sparkling, mimosa kit, or a quart of bloody Marys ($12-$15). Order now for pickup between 9 am and 3 pm May 9 and 10.
The locally owned gourmet-on-the-go spot in West Fort Worth is offering classic brunch meals for Mom and the family. Prices range from $38 for a variety of breakfast casseroles (each feeds six to eight people) to $240 for whole sliced prime beef tenderloin (feeds 10 to 12). There are also a la carte items like green chile grits and lemon cream whipped cheesecake. Order by May 7 for May 9 pickup.
The Magnolia Avenue restaurant is offering 9-inch frittatas (6-10 servings) for $29, as well as family-sized salads ($19) and giant sandwiches ($29). Add a sweet treat, such as a Texas sheet cake ($12) or apple pie ($24). Order online or call 817-877-0700 by 2 pm May 8 for pickup between 12-2 pm May 9.
The favorite Italian spot in Hurst is offering Mother's Day packages that serve four to six, or half-packages that serve two to three. Entree choices include herb roasted chicken Tuscany ($125), crab and shrimp stuffed flounder ($135), and espresso rubbed beef tenderloin ($145). Pick two appetizers, a salad, two sides, and dessert to make it a meal. Peach bellinis and a gallon of mimosas can be added, too. View the full menu on the Facebook page. Order by 9 pm May 8 for pickup or delivery starting at 11 am May 10.
The special Mother's Day brunch serves four and includes smoked salmon, brown sugar bacon, honey ham, fresh fruit bowl, quiche Lorena (Oaxaca cheese, gouda, bacon, thyme) or quiche Gardner (wild mushrooms, Oaxaca cheese, spinach, tomatoes, squash gouda). The best part? A complimentary quart of sangria. Add floral arrangements or chocolate-dipped strawberrieThe meal is $95; call 817-296-8215 or email email@example.com to order and arrange pickup.
McKinley's Bakery and Cafe
Mom's special meal for four people is $40 and consists of lemon parmesan chicken, roasted asparagus, roasted new potatoes, dinner rolls, and strawberry heart cake. The cafe is closed Sunday, but preorder now by calling 817-332-3242 and pick up on May 9.
The downtown Fort Worth hot spot has two Mother's Day packages available for curbside pickup. Package One ($124.95) includes field greens salad, roasted prime rib, garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, and buttermilk pecan biscuits. Package Two ($137.95) includes everything in Package One but swaps carved beef tenderloin for prime rib. Orders are limited, so call 817-502-8851 to order ASAP.
Mother's Day options include a special quiche meal for four (chicken apple sausage, wild mushroom and gruyere quiche, mixed baby greens, grilled shrimp and pesto, blackberry vinaigrette, and butterscotch pots de creme, $60) and a fajita dinner for four (includes chips, queso, guacamole, beef and chicken and fajita fixings, plus churros and chocolate sauce, $80). Add mimosas and margaritas, too. Order online or via their app for pickup or delivery.
Stephanie Allmon Merry contributed to this story.