The Sexiest Breakfast in Dallas
Photo courtesy of Fearing's Restaurant
I love breakfast out. And while a good hole-in-the-wall is often my breakfast restaurant of choice, occasionally the morning meal deserves more attention than hash slung on a well-worn white plate. Such was the case recently when I had the opportunity to sample fine breakfasting in Uptown Dallas. There is something downright illicit about slipping into Fearing's Restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton for breakfast. From the Brioche French Toast to the perfect cup of coffee, this is where you go for breakfast when you need to impress.
Breakfast that flips your day
Let’s get the money question out of the way first. Breakfast at Fearing’s tops the $30 per person mark quite easily. But here’s the thing—thirty bucks gets you an average dinner with a drink in a chain restaurant. Why not turn your day upside down and enjoy a memorable breakfast in a luxurious setting and consider it a bargain?
Getting a table is no problem for a weekday breakfast. And what could be sexier than sneaking away from the workday routine for a breakfast meet up midweek? Fearing's is the work of Chef Dean Fearing-- author of The Texas Food Bible. He cut his teeth for twenty-plus years at the famous Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas before opening Fearing's in 2007. While you might be able to stage breakfast spur-of-the-moment, seats at the Chef's Table for dinner are some of the hardest reservations to get in all of Dallas-- making your morning even more of a guilty pleasure. There is a breakfast buffet offered on weekends and brunch on Sunday, but don’t let the lack of a buffet keep you away mid-week. The menu choices are ample.
The omelets are fresh and fluffy, with every ingredient perfectly diced — the obvious work of chefs, not simple breakfast cooks. The Brioche French Toast is two inches thick and just slightly crisped around the edges. It is served with warm jars of Ritz-Carlton-labeled maple syrup. The coffee is smooth, almost delicate, and never stops flowing. Karen, a recent weekend breakfast buffet patron, dared to use the word "orgasmic" when talking about her Belgian waffle. She admitted that it was a tough choice between the French toast and the waffle, but was quite satisfied with her choice, finished off with fresh fruit from the buffet.
Service that doesn't disappoint
The service is impeccable. Your every need is tended to graciously. Even the window and wall tables are positioned with just enough space for waiters to slip unobtrusively between the end of the table and the wall to serve food and tidy the table. Upon seeing that I had finished every morsel of my French toast, my waiter, who had recommended it, slyly asked, "Was I correct about the Brioche? It didn't disappoint I hope?" He knew the answer.
A leisurely breakfast is a perfect time to indulge in some wishful planning for your eventual return for dinner. Dinner options include steaks and seafood, all prepared with Texas flavors and flair. And then there is dessert. I have a new entry on my food bucket list: Banana Pudding with Homemade Vanilla Wafers, Toasted Meringue, Bananas Foster Sauce and Warm Beignets. Maybe next time I'll have that for breakfast.
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