Happy 5th Anniversary to Me AKA Happy 5th Anniversary to Fearing’s

My husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary with dinner at our favorite place: Fearing’s Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton.  By coincidence, this is also Fearing’s 5th anniversary in business.  Congratulations to us both!  Their website is located at:


Two things you should know about me: I am a nerd and I am a foodie.  There are some people who freak out about celebrity sightings and such…but for me, a real celebrity is an awesome chef and Dean is pretty much on par with the best.  There is a saying about living in Dallas/Ft. Worth…the two things we do here are…shop and eat.  It’s too damn hot to do anything else anyway.  There is a mall on every corner and we have the most amazing restaurants.  If fact, I have traveled quite a bit, but recently had the privilege of going to New York, NY for the first time.  My goal was to visit the best restaurants…and of course…no one can get a freaking reservation!!!!!  But none the less, in the several “best of NY” reviews I read, many of the publicized restaurants in New York also live in….yes, you guessed it…Dallas!

Fearing’s Dinner Review

We have been to Fearing’s many times and just like normal, they did not disappoint!  I’ve had this conversation with my friends before…we get stuck in the rut of going to the same restaurants for celebrations and nights out because when you try a new place and it isn’t good, then it’s a waste.  You feel cheated.  Fearing’s is one of our go-to places where the service and food are always amazing.  They have a very trendy and upscale feel, but still manage to make the service very personable and unpretentious.  The welcoming spirit comes straight from Dean himself who chided me once when I called him Mr. Fearing (out of habit and Southern hospitality)…he turned looking over his shoulder and said “What…is my dad here?” Then he turned around and said, “I’m just Dean!”  Later on the same evening as we were leaving I told him, “You are amazing!  A real genius! The food was incredible as always.”  He started laughing and said, “You should tell my wife that!”

Last night I started with the Sampler:

A Sampler of
Griddled Jumbo Lump Crabcakes, Barbecued Duck Tamale and Two Bite Lobster Tacos with Avocado Relish

Marc had Dean’s famous tortilla soup.  I didn’t take a photo but it was great as usual.  For the main course we both selected the buffalo.

Maple-Black Peppercorn Soaked Buffalo Tenderloin
on Brazos Valley Jalapeño Grits, Tangle of Greens and Butternut Squash Taquito

Unfortunately, since I had sampled the flavored breads offered to every table, along with the shooters offered to cleanse the palate after every course, and the large sampler for the appetizer…I literally had no room left for the main course.  I tasted all the items but was really only able to eat all of the buffalo.  It was amazing!  It is a very dense meat and had a clear smokey maple flavor that was to die for!

And even though I was too stuffed to continue…I did.

Texas Peach Dump Cake
with Blueberry Cre`me Frai^che Ice Cream

I would characterize the Texas Peach Dump Cake akin to a peach flavored bread pudding of sorts.  It was divine.  And of course Marc picked the one item on the menu with bacon…

Chocolate Cashew Crunch Bar
with Bacon Caramel Corn and Mini Vanilla Malt Coke Float

I tasted the caramel corn on top and I have to say…it could just stand on it’s own in a huge popcorn ball.  In fact, I’m going to try to hack the recipe and make one for my blog later on.

Dean was not in attendance this night, but it was clear during our visit, the Chef De Cuisine was Eric Dreyer and he ran a superb kitchen that night.  He had a clear presence and greeted his patrons with ease.  The Sommelier and Assistant Sommelier were quite busy but assisted everyone and helped us pick out a great Malbec to suit our tastes.  You may say a Malbec is a strange choice, but when it comes to wine…it’s about what you like and what mood you are in at the time in my opinion.

I asked to take a picture of our support staff and our waitress Robin was a bit camera shy, and to that I say, “If you are good, OWN IT!”  And Fearing’s is one of the very best.  I took the first picture and my camera didn’t do so well, so I took a second picture which was awesome…but then my camera ate it.  :(  So unfortunately here is the first very blurry picture because it’s all I have left.  Sorry guys!  But in any case, you are great and thank you for making our 5th anniversary special!

Our wait staff Manuel and Robin and the Chef de Cuisine Eric Dreyer.