Fort Worth likes to brunch hard, as proven by the endless options for Sunday Funday (and sometimes Saturday) dining destinations. For many, the brunch cocktails are just as important than the menu itself. Patrons are lured by mimosa flights, coffee concoctions, bellinis, and bloodys (the latter of which saw a “build-your-own” trend that, thankfully, has disappeared).

Today’s brunch beverages are fancier than ever, spiked with vodka or high-end tequila, served with big garnishes of fresh fruit and herbs, and topped with crisp bubbly for the perfect toast. Here are six places for lip-smacking brunch libations, all of which are great for entertaining guests in town this holiday season.

Eggtastic Brunch Café
Opened in April, this new breakfast, lunch, and brunch restaurant in Alliance Town Center earned early raves for its huge menu, ample space, and cheery vibe - including a full bar for sitting and sipping. Cocktails include bloody Marys and mimosas (watermelon is a fun juice option) along with the unique Avocado Margarita made with Don Julio tequila, pineapple, lime, and rimmed with Tajin. Eggtastic also roasts its own coffee beans, so don’t miss getting a cup of Joe or better yet, order the Abuelitas con Café – coffee spiked with more Don Julio and kissed with Abuelita brand Mexican chocolate. All pair perfectly with classic biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, Benedicts of all sorts, and several varieties of waffles, French toast, crepes, and pancakes (don't miss the lemon-poppy seed). Bonus for busy holiday schedules: brunch is served daily until 2:30 pm.

Walloon’s Restaurant
In time for the holidays, this new restaurant has just launched brunch service. Walloon’s, the latest concept from chef Marcus Paslay (Piattello, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink, Provender Hall) which opened in July, has kicked off Saturday and Sunday brunch service with classic cocktails. The boozy lineup includes bellinis, bloody Marys, and mimosas, along with the upscale French 75, paloma, and the already popular espresso martini. Pair them with new dishes like the smoked salmon eggs Benedict, berry-topped French toast, and avocado toast piled with tomatoes, salsa verde, and feta. Book brunch reservations from 10 am-1:45 pm via Resy.

Hot Box Biscuit Club
Don’t sleep on this South Main Street biscuit haven for Sunday Funday – Hot Box has one of the most elaborate lists of brunch cocktails in town. First, there’s the genius Breakfast Margarita, a drink that lands somewhere between a marg and a mimosa that’s made with tequila, margarita mix, and orange juice topped with bubbles. Other fan favorites include the Boozy Palmer made with sweet tea vodka and lemonade; the Gin Punch made with orange juice, passion fruit juice, and Tang; and the Naughty Cherry Limeade spiked with vodka. Hot Box also serves Fort Worth-based Sons of Liberty Coffee, which can be found in the Adult Coffee cocktail made with amaretto and Irish cream. Hot Box is open Tuesday-Sunday from 7 am-2 pm.

Goat & Vine Restaurant & Winery
Brunch “packages” are popular at this frilly Montgomery Plaza Italian destination, where patrons can partake in endless apps, mimosas, and brunch cocktails for a per-person price of $85. The deal also comes with a choice of one entrée, with options ranging from steak and eggs to crème brulee French toast. There’s a two-hour time limit to indulge in all the cinnamon roll bread, steak carpaccio, and smoked salmon toast one can desire, washed down with fresh peach bellinis, vodka-spiked mimosas, and Brunch Punch made with rum and prosecco. Perk up with the tart and tangy Rise & Shine, a concoction of Espolon tequila, grapefruit juice, grapefruit sparkling soda, lime, and a salt rim. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 10 am.



New in North Fort Worth is Eggtastic Brunch Cafe and its Strawberry Smash

Chef Point Restaurant & Bar
A roundup of best brunch cocktails wouldn’t be complete without a nod to Chef Point’s famed Bloody Best behemoth bloody Mary. Recognized nationally for its staggering stature, the towering meal-in-a-glass is garnished with a little bit of everything on the menu: thick bacon, jumbo shrimp, waffle fries stacked with a Nolan Ryan Beef slider, a thick piece of the restaurant’s Better Than Sex fried chicken, and all the traditional accompaniments. There’s also the traditional bloody Mary along with a flight of mimosas that includes your choice of bubbly. Pair with French toast bread pudding topped with hot cognac sauce; or with shrimp & grits topped with Chef's crawfish sauce. Brunch at the Colleyville restaurant is served Saturday and Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.

The Bearded Lady
Breakfast shots, anyone? This South Main Street gastropub (which will open a sister concept called The Tropic Lady soon on Race Street.) takes brunch very seriously. Get things going with a Blueberry Pancake Shot, made with blueberry vodka, butterscotch schnapps, and orange juice; then choose from one of multiple mules, ranch waters, or micheladas. Mimosas can be served by the carafe with unique mixers like lavender lemonade; or pucker up with the pickle-infused vodka-spiked bloody Mary. There’s always a seasonal cocktail, too, and this month it’s the Holiday Nightcap with pecan pie whiskey and bourbon cream liqueur. Stay nourished with strawberry cheesecake pancakes, the everything bagel breakfast sandwich, or the vegan bearded burrito made with vegan chorizo and fried avocado. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday starting at 11 am, and there's a special Black Friday Brunch and Market happening on Friday, November 24.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

Filming of Christmas movie tops this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Fort Worth area keeps winning streak with new movie filming in Granbury. Everyone loves when a movie filming is in town, and there's one going down right now in Granbury, the quaint town 38 miles southwest of Fort Worth. Oh and it's a holiday movie, which makes it even better. According to a release, it's called A Christmas Heart, and is a drama about faith, family, and forgiveness.

2. Fort Worth named among 50 best places to travel in 2024 by Travel + Leisure. Fort Worth residents may want to forgo their travel plans next year and opt for a staycation. A new Travel + Leisure report has named Fort Worth one of the The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2024, specifically highlighting the region for its "big-city thrills."

3. Smokey Robinson is surprise act at Fort Worth Stock Show 2024 concert series. The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo returns for 2024 with a slate of live music acts that include a major name in R&B and a smattering of country singers. The surprise is Motown legend Smokey Robinson, plus five country acts: Sammy Kershaw, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trace Adkins, and Pam Tillis and Little Texas.

4. Pastries at bakery in Southlake look as good as they taste. A new bakery in Southlake is sweetening the local pastry game. Called D'Caramel Patisserie, it's doing beautiful croissants and French desserts, as pretty to look at as they are to eat.

5. Top Fort Worth-area neighborhoods for magnificent Christmas lights in 2023. When it comes to holiday decorating, Fort Worth-area homes and neighborhoods know how to bring the "merry and bright." Here is a list of top local homes and neighborhoods for Christmas light pilgrimages this season. And for a much longer list of spectacular Christmas lights around DFW, click here.

These are the 12 must-see shows in Dallas-Fort Worth theater for December

Theater Critic Picks

It's here: holiday show time. Many of them opened at the end of November, so we're including them here for your planning ease.

Whether you're looking for something family-friendly, a play the in-laws will love, or a performance that has nothing to do with the holidays at all, read on.

In order of start date, here are 12 local shows to watch this month:

Jada Bells - A Holiday Extravaganza
Uptown Players, through December 10
Dallas drag performer Jada Pinkett Fox, aka Lee Walter, will show off her charisma, stage presence, and voice as she brings her unique blend of glamour, humor, and talent to the stage. Jada will be joined by musical guests, each bringing their own flair and style. The holiday-themed extravaganza, written and directed by BJ Cleveland, features classic holiday favorites and contemporary hits.

Black Nativity
Bishop Arts Theatre Center, through December 17
For 19 years, Bishop Arts Theatre Center's annual holiday production of Black Nativity, inspired by Langston Hughes's iconic 1960 Broadway show, is back with a mesmerizing display of hand-clapping, toe-tapping, and finger-snapping theatrical wonderment like never before.

Poor Clare
Stage West, through December 17
Meet Clare: a stylish teen living in medieval Italy, trying out the newest hairstyles, and keeping up with the latest fashions and juicy town gossip. But everything changes when she meets a man named Francis who has started ranting in the streets. Her mother, sister, and maids don’t understand it, but this man’s ideas are, like, totally starting to make sense – and now she can’t unsee the world he has shown her.

Scrooge in Rouge
Theatre Three, through December 17
After a widespread case of food poisoning wipes out the majority of The Royal Music Hall Twenty-Member Variety Players, three surviving members of the company soldier on through a performance of A Christmas Carol that abounds in bad puns, naughty double-entendres, and witty songs.

A Charlie Brown Christmas
Dallas Children's Theater, through December 23
Rediscover the true reason for the season while sharing laughs with the Peanuts Gang along the way. Accompanied by a live combo, Charles Schulz’s classic special will make audiences nostalgic for days gone by.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical
Casa Mañana, through December 23
Based on the best-selling book and play by Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical is the story of the Herdmans, who are the worst kids in the history of the world. They lie, they steal, they bully other kids, and they smoke smelly cigars. There used to be only one place where you’d never see them: church.

A Gospel Black Nativity
Jubilee Theatre, through December 24
Black Nativity is an adaptation of the Nativity story by Langston Hughes, performed by an entirely Black cast. Hughes was the author of the book, with the lyrics and music being derived from traditional Christmas carols, sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show.

A Christmas Carol
Dallas Theater Center, through December 30
Three spirits have come to visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and to take him on a fantastic journey through Christmases past, present, and future. Brimming with joyful songs, magical spirits, and holiday cheer, this holiday classic embodies a story of joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas.

Safe at Home
Kitchen Dog Theater, December 7-10
An engaging and provocative site-specific work designed to be performed inside a baseball stadium, the second-ever professional production of Safe at Home examines the complex intersection between baseball, politics, and the American Dream. Lead by tour guides, pods of audience members travel throughout the stadium to nine different spaces, ranging from a luxury suite to the men’s room to the dugout, as the patrons — not the cast — move from scene to scene.

Theatre Three, December 7-31
Without a success to his credit for some years, Sidney Bruhl receives a new potential hit script called Deathtrap that was written by his student. Sidney plots with his reluctant wife Myra about how best to plagiarize the play and the evening takes a hilarious and dangerous turn.

The Cher Show
Broadway at the Center, December 14-16
Superstars come and go but Cher is forever. The Cher Show is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

Les Miserables
Broadway Dallas, December 20-31
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the production tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption — a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.