I recently traveled to Dallas on business, stayed at the Ritz, and had the distinct pleasure of dining at Fearing's. I live on the East Coast and dine out a lot in New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. and also have traveled extensively throughout the world - so I've had my share of great meals, and disappointments, in highly rated restaurants. Quite simply, Fearing's did not disappoint in any respect. The food was as good as any meal I have had anywhere and the service was absolutely perfect. The cost was pricey, but well worth it. It was terrific!
My appetizer (which I had trouble choosing from about 5 that sounded equally amazing) was sushi quality tuna, stuffed with crabmeat and very lightly pan seared and then tempura fried. It was served on a bed of shredded greens. It was one of the best combinations of flavors I have tasted in a long time. The sauces and faint essence of wasabe blended amazingly and although I'm generally not wild about the green stuff that my appetizer often sits on, I ate every last bite and then cleaned every drop of sauce. It was that good.
For the main course, I was again stymied by the array of incredible choices. But I was in Big D, so how could I NOT try the steak? While the filet and chicken fried lobster "surf and turf" sounded incredible, I ended up opting for the bone-in rib eye, grilled over live mesquite, with "West Texas Mop Sauce", cornbread pudding and tempura asparagus. I have been to the Palm, Sparks in New York, even Peter Luger's in Brooklyn. I eat a lot of red meat. This steak may have been the best EVER. The West Texas Mop Sauce really makes the dish - it is tangy and sweet, but not too sweet, with just enough to flavor the steak without drowning it. The cornbread pudding, with jalapenos, was amazing and the asparagus didn't make it back to the kitchen either. When I was done, there was a bone and a plate and I was incredibly satisfied.
I have been trying to stay away from desserts, but having gone 2-for-2 on appetizer and entree, it was worth making an exception. I had the apple dessert combo, which had three different kinds of apple-based desserts - a fried apple pie that looked like an empaneda but tasted like heaven, an apple spice cake with cream cheese icing, and a sort of apple cobbler with caramel ice cream (apologies if I didn't quite get all of that right - I ate it so voraciously that I hardly remember the details). It was the end of a perfect meal. I was stuffed.
The service was as expected at the Ritz - attentive and prompt, without being overbearing. The only thing even slightly uncomfortable was the bill - the food is pricey, but well worth the cost for a special occasion or moment when you need to pamper yourself or someone important to you.
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