I was just in Dallas a week ago and I'm going back this coming week. I didn't post to ask where to eat but I gathered great information from postings on the Dallas board and wanted to thank the group for all the available info.
For my first week I ended up at Fearings, Lucia, Cane Rosso, and Stephan Pyles. There were problems with my flight going out so I got to spend an extra night (amongst the Texas and OK fans who were all a very friendly bunch, at least on Friday night :) so I went back to Fearings.
There were some posts I read that said Fearings was overrated but I found the food and service to be outstanding. It was certainly expensive but, for this and all my other meals, I was lucky enough to be on per diem which I considered a discount rather than a limit. My first visit I had the tortilla soup, buffalo tenderloin, and banana pudding. All were perfect and had complexity that didn't overwhelm. The second time I went back I regretfully skipped dessert but did have the lobster coconut bisque and the antelope. Once again very well prepared and amazing service that was super attentive but without feeling like someone was on top of me.
The second night I, since I was by myself, I decided to try and grab one of the open seats at Lucia. All of the bar seats were taken but I was able to sit at one of the two sidewalk tables. I started off with the small plate of antipasti which was excellent. It seems like curing your own meats is a new trend and this was a real treat. For the first course I had the gnocchi. For the second I had the duck breast with huckleberries. For dessert I had the Pistachio and chocolate semifreddo which was outstanding. The service here was excellent even though I was sitting outside.
I had a small irritating problem at Cane Rosso. None of the reviews, posts, or the web site mentioned that all of the parking in the area was metered (maybe I missed that fact). I had no change and went in and asked the hostess if I could get a table and some quarters for the meter. She referred me to the bartender who told me she had given out all her quarters. I find this pretty hard to believe. I went back out thinking I'd go someplace else and I noticed there was a big lot there with numbered spots and a metal box where you could slip bills into it to pay. I had the mushroom and sausage pizza. This was also as good as advertised though the parking issue put a slight mar on my impression.
The last night (or what turned out to be the next to last night) I went to Stephan Pyles. This also lived up to the reputation. I had the tamale tarte for an appetizer. This was one of the best things I had all week. For the main course I had the halibut with grilled octopus, beans, etc. It was cooked perfectly. For dessert I had the Heaven and Hell cake. This was also excellent except it was enough for two people (I did my best and regretfully could not finish).
Fearings, Lucia, and Stephan Pyles were all excellent meals and I'd gladly go back and recommend them all to anyone in Dallas. For my next trip I'll probably go back to Fearings just because everything I had there on both visits was flawless and the service had the Ritz Carlton edge of perfection without being over done. I'd welcome comments on my remaining list for this upcoming week or any additions anyone has. Some of these are clearly cheaper but from what I've heard should have excellent food as well.
Fuel City Tacos
Angry Dog (which I know is down the street from CR so I'll bring quarters :))
I need to pick 3 off that list. The one that seems most definite is Fuel City Tacos which has been recommended by just about everyone.