Is it so wrong to want the best of the best? Of course not, you deserve it. And, just like your first class plane ride and front row tickets, you enjoy the high life as a foodie as well. Pull up a chair at one of these local chef’s tables for a haute culinary experience.
The new culinary venture at Stephan Pyles is Fuego, and it’s on fire. For the past month, the four seats in front of the wood-burning oven are reserved on Thursday through Saturday nights for Pyles’ new tasting menu, a seven to 10 course experiment in molecular gastronomy that Pyles himself concocts in front of your eyes. It’s fresh and inventive and totally intimate, but it’s rumored to be sold out through the end of summer, so make your reservations soon.
Stephan Pyles, 1807 Ross Ave, Suite 200, 214.580.7000, www.stephanpyles.com
Kent Rathbun’s Uptown eatery Abacus is always a safe bet. If you have between 12 and 50 in your party, you can enjoy the state-of-the-art private dining room, complete with large plasma screen and WiFi. Only have a handful of diners? Check out Rathbun’s four course tasting menu, offered Monday through Thursday.
Abacus, 4511 McKinney Avenue, 214.559.3111, www.kentrathbun.com/abacus
The Chef’s Table at Fearing’s seats eight people and is centered in an elevated position amidst Fearing’s busy kitchen, allowing for a great view of the action and frequent visits by the chef. Esquire deemed it the Table of the Year in 2007, and guests can choose from a three, four or five course menu crafted by Dean Fearing.
Fearing’s at the Ritz Carlton, 2121 McKinney Avenue, 214.922.4848, www.fearingsrestaurant.com
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
One of the most popular dining destinations in Dallas, the Mansion on Turtle Creek has a chef’s table for six, tucked away behind white curtains with gorgeous views of the hotel’s manicured lawn. Let Chef Bruno Davaillon create a delectable personalized tasting menu for you and your guests.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, 214.559.2100, www.mansionturtlecreek.com
From its lofty perch on the 27th floor of the Hilton Anatole, Nana offers stellar views of the Dallas cityscape along with superb culinary creations. Dine in style in the Presidential Boardroom, tasting your choice of a seven or 10-course dinner paired with exquisite wines, served up on Versace china. Not feeling carnivorous? Try Nana’s famed vegetarian tasting menu, inventive enough to make anyone a herbivore.
Nana, inside the Hilton Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Fwy, 214.761.7470, www.nanarestaurant.com