Weekend in Dallas - what to eat?
My wife and I will be in Dallas for a wedding in a couple weeks. Any thoughts on can't misses for a nice dinner one night and then breakfast & lunch the following day? From high-end to local hole in the walls any recs would be great.
For fine dining with a flair that's exclusive to Texas (Dallas), I would advise Dean Fearing - the leader in local Southwestern cooking initially made his mark at the still highly regarded Masion on Turtle Creek. Soon behind him followed Stephen Pyles. Both have honed their own unique skills to perfection and each have enjoyed a loyal following over the years.
1807 Ross Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
)2121 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75201
Like Foodie asked: What part of Dallas will you be in? AND will you be here over the weekend - ie, are you looking for brunches or a simple breakfast?
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Since it appears you are coming from NYC, you shouldn't bother with places that don't have a distinct Texas or Southwest take on food. The NYT selected Fearing's as the fifth best new restaurant in the country last year, and Frank Bruni stressed the regional dishes in his review. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/12/din... For reasons explained below, though, skip Fearing's for dinner. Instead, go to Stephen Pyles or York Street. Pyles has kind of a South American thing going on with some of his dishes (especially the incredible ceviches), and York Street is all about fresh, local, imaginative cuisine (Sharon Hage is often compared to Alice Waters). If you choose York Street, book now. The place is small and fills up pretty far in advance.
For breakfast, Dream Cafe will not disappoint (unless you want a real Texas breakfast of eggs, chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, in which case go to a joint like the Original Market Diner). I'd suggest, instead, brunch at Hattie's, in Oak Cliff -- Southern style cooking, with style. I also like the brunch at Cafe San Miguel, a very good Mexican place.
For lunch -- go to Fearing's. Have the tortilla soup, which deserves its fame, and the barbequed pork tenderloin or the "mopped" beef tenderloin.
Of the other suggestions on this board, the only one I'd definitely skip is Iron Cactus -- although it does serve good margaritas.