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steakrules85 May 14, 2010 06:19 PM

So where would you go for the best dining experience for a great mid day lunch? Not too many of the "fine dining" institutions serve lunch. I see Fearing's, the Mansion at Rose, and Stephan Pyles do. However, their menus all seem to be watered down and not very inspiring. Fearing's seems to be the most interesting lunch menu of the three. But we are not looking for salads or sandwiches. We are looking for plated entrees.

Do you think if I gave one of these restaurants advanced notice that they would perhaps allow us to order from the dinner menu? I could not see why not. I mean these are supposed to be upscale establishments and I know they pride themselves on service. I recently traveled to New Orleans and did this at Emeril's restaurant. Called, asked if I could order off the dinner menu during lunch, and the request was honored.

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Stephan Pyles
1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

  1. twinwillow May 16, 2010 03:26 PM

    If not mistaken, I think York Street is open for lunch. Wednesday or Thursday, only.

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      strong95 May 18, 2010 05:00 AM

      Yes, Wednesdays only. Great lunch spot!

    2. DallasDude May 16, 2010 01:27 PM

      Charlie Palmers has a great lunch and a prix fixe menu to boot.

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        bhoward May 17, 2010 07:52 AM

        Agree with DallasDude 100% about Charlie Palmer. Disagree 90% with MarcusB about Craft. Lunch is excellent but menu is limited. I have found that they are very flexible about preparing what you want, however.

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          steakrules85 May 17, 2010 10:12 AM

          Who do you guys think is more likely to deliver on the request to order off the dinner menu during lunch- Fearing's or MR Stephan Pyles?

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          Stephan Pyles
          1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

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            DallasDude May 17, 2010 10:14 AM

            Both. Or simply call ahead with special requests.

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              bhoward May 17, 2010 10:22 AM

              I agree. Call or e-mail. Both are A+ hosts and this will not be a first for either.

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                steakrules85 May 17, 2010 11:11 AM

                It has been almost a week and I have not heard back from Fearing's. Do you think they even read their email????

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                  bhoward May 17, 2010 11:32 AM

                  No idea. Call and ask for one of the managers.

                  http://www.fearingsrestaurant.com/sta...

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                    steakrules85 May 17, 2010 01:21 PM

                    Unbelievably, I received an email back from them just awhile ago. Luckily for me they said they would grant my request to order off the denu menu! Needless to say I am supremely stoked. This is great news and definitely helps plan the rest of my dinners for the week.\

                    So right now.. it looks like as follows... Fri- Stephan Pyles, Sat- Abacus, Sun- French Room, Mon- Fearing's (mid day dinner since we are going to the football game at 7:30), Lawry's (mid-day before our flight home, but we would be ordering the prime rib dinner).

                    My Mon and Tues plans are kind of interchangeable. It will be some combination of Fearing's/Lawry's. Just have to decide on the times. Since the game is at 7:30 on Mon night, we would have to be done with dinner by 6:30 at the latest. The stadium is about a half hour away, plus we have to park, etc. Is it practical to get out of Lawry's in one hour and a half if we go for an early dinner instead say at 5?

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                    Stephan Pyles
                    1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

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                      bhoward May 17, 2010 01:33 PM

                      French Room is closed on Sunday.

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                        bhoward May 17, 2010 01:35 PM

                        And one other thing--the stadium is a hell of a lot more than half an hour away before a Cowboys game!

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                          DallasDude May 17, 2010 01:35 PM

                          If I may suggest, after dinner at Pyles walk down a few blocks to his Samar for cocktails on the patio. If its a good evening you will be treated to tasty drinks around the fire.

                          Also, at Abacus you will find the coolest and most allusive Macallen ice ball maker, the only one in Dallas (at the moment). You take chunks of ice and with the power of science it makes a perfect sphere of ice to cool your scotch. and as we all know: scotch, scotch, scotch, I love scotch.

                          http://www.thecoolist.com/the-macalla...

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                            CocoaNut May 17, 2010 01:55 PM

                            I would allow a **minimum** of 2 hours to get to Arlington from N. Dallas - and that's hoping there are no multi-lane wrecks. You're looking at normal rush-hour traffic plus the Cowboy Game on top of that.

                            There are 2 routes that you could take. 1) 635 west to 35 south to 30 west to 157 south. 2) 635 west to 121 south to 360 south, to 30 west to 157 south.

                            Ordinarily, I'd suggest route 2 to avoid downtown. However, the 635/121/360 exchange is undergoing a multi-year, 6 highway interchange renovation and is pure hell on a good day.

                            All that said, going through downtown Dallas at the hour you speaking of..... definitely a minimum of 2 hours.

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                              steakrules85 May 17, 2010 06:40 PM

                              Wow I didnt know it was so hectic in Dallas. I just put it into google maps and it said 17 miles awya and 31 minute drive. I guess that means we will be doing an early mid day dinner on both Monday and Tuesday.

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                                CocoaNut May 18, 2010 06:15 AM

                                You could always do it up right and rent a helicopter! ;)

                                Seriously, parking and walking to the stadium will also contributes to the time. Don't know if you have parking inside the stadium grounds, but some of the lots are a fair hike away.

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                                  steakrules85 May 18, 2010 07:51 AM

                                  Thanks again... didn't realize The French Room was closed on Sundays also. That throws another wrench into my plans. UGH.

                                  Looks like the new itinerary will be Abacus, French Room, Fearing's on Sunday, Lawry's on Monday, and hopefully SP on Tuesday. Going to see if Stephan Pyles can accomodate us on the dinner during lunch thing.

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                                  Stephan Pyles
                                  1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

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              gavlist May 16, 2010 06:06 AM

              so, I started this email with a couple of suggestions, and as I looked further, I had trouble finding a "fine dining" restaurant in Dallas that doesn't serve lunch. Just out of curiosity, who doesn't?

              In addition to the three you listed, I'd add Aurora, Salum, Craft and The Mercury. Also (not sure what you consider "fine dining") Samar by Stephan Pyles and Tei An are worth considering.

              regarding the menus, I have no idea if they'd honor your request or not. I would keep in mind that the kitchen staff shows up at work hours before service to start preparing sauces, etc. - things that may not be amenable to preparation a la minute. If a restaurant declined such a request, I wouldn't necessarily view it as a willful lack of customer service - just as a practical matter. Having said that, it can't hurt to ask, especially if you have some particular menu item in mind. I'd also note that many of these restaurants have items from their dinner menu duplicated on the lunch menu.

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              Salum Restaurant
              4152 Cole Ave Ste 103, Dallas, TX 75204

              Stephan Pyles
              1807 Ross Suite 200, Dallas, TX 75201

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                steakrules85 May 16, 2010 08:33 AM

                Looking at Fearing's, SP, and Rosewood I don't see many of the items duplicated. Very few in fact. But I am sure if I specified ahead of time exactly which dishes we would like the kitchen could prepare them for us.

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                  MarcusB May 16, 2010 01:14 PM

                  Recently went to craft for lunch, it was most definitely a limited menu and I was not thoroughly impressed.

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                    bhoward May 17, 2010 07:50 AM

                    Gavlist: Fine dining closed at lunch--French Room, Abacus, Nonna, Bijoux, Bob's Steak House, Hibiscus, Nick & Sam's, Local, Pappas Bros. Steak House, Shinsei (lunch Friday only), York Street (lunch Wed. or Thurs. only or not at all), Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and Nana.

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                    Shinsei Restaurant
                    7713 Inwood Rd., Dallas, TX 75209

                    Nick & Sam's
                    3008 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

                    Bob's Steaks
                    12675 Josey Ln, Dallas, TX 75234

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                      gavlist May 17, 2010 02:57 PM

                      fair enough :) Thanks.

                  2. bhoward May 15, 2010 11:22 AM

                    If you go to Fearings and eat in the room "Dean's Kitchen" I bet they will serve you off the dinner menu. The staff is very accomodating and Fearing is usually there at lunch and dinner. Having said that, a great upscal lunch spot is Rise #1. It is open straight through from lunch on.

                    http://www.risesouffle.com/

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                      steakrules85 May 15, 2010 09:19 PM

                      Thanks for the info on Fearing's. I sent them an email but I have not heard back yet. I am very confident that they will let us order from the dinner menu. At least I am gunna keep my fingers crosed hehe.

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                        DallasDude May 16, 2010 01:07 AM

                        Second Rise. Fun and different.

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                      CocoaNut May 14, 2010 06:59 PM

                      Just curious. How would my like request be honored if made in NYC at a fine dining institution?

                      Although, I did enter an Irish pub there (mid-town) a number of years ago. It was Memorial Day weekend and the entire city had evacuated. The pub was about to close (10 pm) due to lack of interest and they stayed open for us. Had a grand ole time!

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                        steakrules85 May 14, 2010 07:07 PM

                        At a fine dining NYC institution? I'd assume they would most definitely grant the request.

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