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Brunch Of The Week: Fine Dining That’s Actually Fun

Even after all these years, few places will ever rival the Fearing’s experience at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas.

Chef Dean Fearing (pictured above) and his team execute flawless meals morning, noon and night at his namesake Fearing’s Restaurant, so it should come as little surprise that brunch here becomes a truly special occasion, even if it’s just a plain, ordinary Sunday.

But even though this is fine dining, it’s anything but stuck-up or stuffy.

When you’re inside the four walls of the Ritz, you can expect everything familiar to get an upgrade in quality, presentation and service, whether that’s the comfort of the beds in the guest rooms, the amenities at the spa or the little details of every beverage and dish.

So come ready to splurge (brunch here will easily run $50-100 per person depending on how hungry you are and how much you drink), then sit back and enjoy being treated like a rock star.

Carmella’s Truck Stop Enchiladas: Unlike anything we’ve ever seen at a real truck stop.

Besides impeccable service, Fearing’s has a reputation for elevated southern and southwestern cuisines and that translates exceptionally well to brunch dishes.

Among our many favorites, the homemade buttermilk biscuits and chocolate croissants are a great way to kill those initial hunger pangs while you browse the rest of the menu. (You’re going to want to bathe in the Texas honey butter and cinnamon apple butter.)

We worked our way through a buncha brunch on our latest visit in order to determine a few absolute must-orders for this story. They are, in no particular order, shrimp cocktail with Tito’s Handmade Vodka cocktail sauce; beef chorizo migas; Carmella’s Truck Stop Enchiladas (above); Jumbo Gulf Crab Cake Benedict; and (OK, we saved the best for last) the 2121 Cobb Salad with Chicken Fried Lobster. We’ve had ho-hum chicken-fried lobster before, but chef Fearing’s version is beyond perfect—tender, buttery and expertly seasoned.

And if you’re still hungry, Granny Fearing’s Banana Pudding has been a fan favorite for good reason.

We won’t blame you, however, if you skip dessert in favor of another cocktail.

That’s what a great brunch is all about, right?

Fearing’s Restaurant Sunday Brunch
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Reservations recommended
The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas
2121 McKinney Avenue, Dallas

Photos courtesy of Fearing’s Restaurant