Known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine,” celeb chef Dean Fearing’s eponymous Dallas restaurant has been serving up stellar dishes since it opened in 2007. Fearing’s is housed in the Ritz-Carlton, but the food here goes way beyond typical hotel fare.
Fearing utilizes fresh farm-to-market ingredients and transforms them into dishes packed with the bold flavors of the southwest. Start off with crispy barbecued bluepoint oysters served with jonah crab, or surf and turf carpaccio before moving on to the main meal.
Then, tuck in to dishes such as maple-black peppercorn soaked buffalo tenderloin served alongside jalapeno grits and a butternut squash taquito, and sea scallops served with Dr Pepper-braised short ribs.
Finish off your meal with a homemade chocolate cashew crunch bar served with bacon caramel corn and a vanilla malt coke float. For non-meat eaters, a vegetarian menu is also available.
The food here is so good, Fearing’s won “Restaurant of the Year” and “Table of the Year” from Esquire Magazine and took home Zagat’s top honors in Hotel Dining in the U.S.
And the atmosphere is worth noting, too. Choose from seven dining settings, ranging from ringside kitchen seating overlooking the busy chefs at work to tables alfresco.
And don’t be surprised when you see Fearing himself walking through the dining room, greeting guests while clad in his signature footware—cowboy boots.
photo credits: Fearing’s