If you live in or have ever been to Dallas, the name Dean Fearing should resonate with you. Not only is he one of the top chefs in The Metroplex but his restaurant is located inside one of the swankiest hotels in Dallas. The Ritz Carlton is known for upscale accommodations, craft cocktails at the famous Rattlesnake Bar, and of course Fearing’s where an elegant dining experience is just a reservation away.
True to any fine dining experience, my evening at Fearing’s began with a cocktail. A hand selected Patron Anejo Tequila crafted exclusively for Chef Fearing, agave nectar, and Lavender Bitters make up the El Jefe. This is a margarita like no other you will ever have the pleasure of enjoying. My suggestion…order it!
After taking in the ambiance that surrounds you, the difficult task of choosing a starter will take precedence. I will warn you now, everything will sound incredible! The White BBQ Glazed Lockhart Quail and Cider Braised Pork Belly was phenomenal! Served with a crispy iceberg wedge, Marfa tomatoes, famous cornbread croutons, and Fearing’s signature Come Back Dressing.
I often opt for more than one feature to begin my meal for two reasons. First, I can never decide on a single item, and two because sharing really is caring! With so many options Chef Fearing is well known for, his Barbecued Shrimp Taco has to be one of my personal favorites. Topped with mango/pickled red onion salad and a smoky citrus vinaigrette.
Did you think we were stopping at 2 starters? We are dining at one of the top restaurants in Dallas after all! Next is the Texas Carpaccio. My mouth literally waters just thinking about this divine dish. Thinly sliced Yoakum Wagyu Beef and a lemon butter poached Gulf Prawn with Texas Olive Oil, Grana Padano Cheese, crispy capers, and pickled golden beets. Certainly a dish you can share but may not want to!
One drink and three starters in should be a sufficient warm up for Chef Fearing’s entrée. A Maple/Black Peppercorn Soaked Buffalo Tenderloin. Delicately resting on Brazos Valley Jalapeno Grits, a tangle of greens and butternut squash, with smoky chili aioli. This main course is beyond any verbal description I can give. Prepare to be swept off your feet in love!
I was still soaring from my buffalo tenderloin high when the dessert menu arrived at our table. I clearly love cocktails and food but this is always my favorite part of any meal. How was the impressive Dean Fearing going to amaze me I wondered? None other than a Texas favorite, Banana Pudding! Homemade vanilla wafers, toasted meringue, Bananas Foster sauce, and warm beignets. I was officially in Fearing heaven.