When the Ritz-Carlton Dallas opened in 2007, it didn’t have to go far to find a star chef for its gourmet restaurant. Dubbed the father of Southwestern cuisine, and the author of notable cookbooks like The Texas Food Bible, Dean Fearing had helped earn the restaurant at the Mansion on Turtle Creek numerous awards during his two decades there—but was now up to the challenge of opening his own place. A decade-plus later, the James Beard Award–winning Fearing continues to be a favorite for its Southwestern-accented American menus crafted with regional products. Depending on the seasons, you might find barbecued shrimp tacos with mango and pickled red onion salad, Dr. Pepper–braised short ribs with crispy tobacco onions, wood-grilled antelope sirloin, or the mesquite-grilled Rattlesnake Burger topped with smoked bacon. But along with the Texas flair, the menu also surprises, thanks to curveballs like an Indian-style chicken makhani with grilled naan, and dedicated vegetarian and “simply prepared” healthy menus. With something for everyone, this is a popular pick for lively brunches out on the terrace or in the glass pavilion, business lunches around the open kitchen, and special occasions in the private dining room or the wine cellar. The revamped bar is an easy choice for its stylish atmosphere, weekday happy hours, and tacos-and-live-music Thursdays.
Celebrating a special occasion during your time in Dallas? Look no further than Fearing’s. Located inside of the Ritz Carlton Dallas, Fearing’s represents everything that Dallas dining is all about: locally influenced food, refined and friendly service and décor that proclaims you are in Texas the moment you walk in to the Rattlesnake Bar. One of the nicest parts about your visit is that Dean Fearing almost always makes it to say hi to every diner in the restaurant each night.