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The French Room, Abacus or The Mansion at Turtle Creek? Which one should i miss?

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dailybread8383 May 13, 2010 07:33 PM

I'm going to be in dallas for a few days in the next few weeks and i've already figured out which cheap places and greasy spoons i want to hit up, but i would really appreciate someone giving me a better direction for fine dining recommendations. Please eliminate one of the three listed, explain why or give me other restaurants to look into. Thanks

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Turtle Creek Cafe
3811 Turtle Creek Blvd Ste B100, Dallas, TX 75219

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    vstock RE: dailybread8383 May 13, 2010 07:48 PM

    Abacus is a definite stand out. You might also check out the menu at Bijoux and see if it is something that you might be interested in. We just did the chef's tasting menu last Thursday night and we are still talking about how nicely the menu was balanced. They have a nice price fixe menu and the service was outstanding. Good luck.

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      dailybread8383 RE: vstock May 13, 2010 08:15 PM

      Thank you for the recommendation, any way you could help decide between the other two? i have heard from multiple sources and plenty of research that The French Room is the most opulent dining experience in Dallas, but i've also heard a few people say that it has declined some and more strongly recommended the Mansion at Turtle Creek.

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      Turtle Creek Cafe
      3811 Turtle Creek Blvd Ste B100, Dallas, TX 75219

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        Evil Ronnie RE: dailybread8383 May 13, 2010 08:28 PM

        Dailybread,

        The Mansion is located at 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd. Your link is to an entirely different operation. Just letting you know.

        Evil Ronnie

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        Turtle Creek Cafe
        3811 Turtle Creek Blvd Ste B100, Dallas, TX 75219

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          dailybread8383 RE: Evil Ronnie May 13, 2010 08:46 PM

          I'm aware. I'm a first time user and am posting from my phone so i have no idea why it did that. Any help pertaining to the topic?

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            Evil Ronnie RE: dailybread8383 May 14, 2010 04:00 AM

            Dean Fearing built The Mansion's reputation for twenty one years and left to open Fearing's in The Ritz Carlton. I remember when Kent Rathbun of Abacus was one of Dean's sous chefs at the Mansion. I'm sure you can guess where I'm headed with this.

            Let us know where you decide to dine. Enjoy.

            Evil Ronnie

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              dailybread8383 RE: Evil Ronnie May 14, 2010 12:27 PM

              I believe I'm going to Abacus and the Mansion ,as these both seem like dining experiences that are more exclusive to the Dallas area and not something i can get somewhere else.

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              CocoaNut RE: dailybread8383 May 14, 2010 01:20 PM

              daily, Nothing you did intentionally. Chow picks up keyword(s) and if it find's a match in its database, it shows a link to what it thinks it found..... sometimes incorrectly.

      2. DallasDude RE: dailybread8383 May 16, 2010 01:13 AM

        Abacus. Can't beat an Iron Chef killer...

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          DKS1 RE: dailybread8383 May 19, 2010 08:30 AM

          I personally would make sure to do The Mansion and the French Room if fine dining is really what you're after. I've been to Abacus several times, too, and while very good, I just don't believe it's in the same league as the other two. When we lived in Chicago, a restaurant like Abacus would be described as "casual fine dining" (Dallas is lacking an abundance of those kinds of establishments compared to Chicago). But the FR and MOTC are absolute fine dining and wonderful. Hope that helps.

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            tec1013 RE: DKS1 Jun 21, 2010 09:54 AM

            I know i'm late to this, but I agree with you, wholeheartedly.

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              Littleman RE: tec1013 Jun 22, 2010 06:53 PM

              You all have left out Dean Fearing's Restaurant at The Ritz Carlton as an idea. I really love all three but Fearing's should be included. After all he built up MOTC.

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