Gene’s Valentines Restaurant Recommendations

Not sure where to take your sweetheart to dinner on Valentines Day? Being a connoisseur of good food, Gene has compiled a list of his favorite places to eat around town. From a casual dinner to a fancy night on the town, these local eateries will definitely make your night special.

Tei An
One Arts Plaza, Dallas

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Tei An is a Japanese Soba house, and it is considered one of the best in the country.  If you love Japanese food, you can’t go wrong in this beautiful restaurant.

Fearings
Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dallas

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Dean Fearing is the man this restaurant is named after, and it is an impressive place.  Several rooms with different vibes comprise the space, but if you love game and foul, they do it right at Fearings.  For an added adventure ask Eric Dreyer, the Chef de Cuisine, to create you a dinner.  He is amazing!

Abacus
McKinney Ave, Dallas

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Chef Kent Rathbun has launched the career of many chefs, and they all learn here at Abacus. A contemporary feel makes you feel like you’ve been transported for the evening.

Shin Sei
Lovers & Inwood, Dallas

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Tracy Rathbun (as in Kent Rathbun) and Lynae Fearing (as in Dean Fearing) bring beauty and Zen together in a lovely decor that is the perfect setting for this Asian influenced menu.  The Sushi is fantastic, and the Thai fried rice with a fried egg on top is almost a religious experience.

Al Biernat’s
Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas

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Is that Troy Aikman?  Yes, it is.  Is that Jerry jones? Yes, it is.  They all come to see Al and dine in a comfortable decor with great steaks and succulent lobsters. Come twice in a row, and Al will never forget you.  He’ll also remember where you sat, what you ate, what you drank.  There’s only one Al Biernat.

Houston’s
Belt Line Road, Addison

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Burgers, salads, ribs, pork chops, and fish; they have it all.  Start with the spinach dip, and try not to make too many noises as you moan in absolute delight. As for cocktails and wine, they are perfectly crafted, and they have the best wine prices in town.

Jasper’s
Shops at Legacy, Plano

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Kent Rathbun’s fancy home cooking restaurant at the Shops at Legacy. Pretty and tasty!

Seasons 52
Shops at Legacy, Plano

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Ok, the concept is a little schticky and feels very corporate, but people love this place. With all food items (including desserts) under 475 calories, what’s not to love?

The Melting Pot
Addison & Arlington

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The food will not win any culinary challenges, but the bubbling cheese and pots of chocolate makes all the ladies happy. It’s a fun experience, and Julie makes it an annual pilgrimage.

Lucia
Bishop Arts District, Dallas

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This is a small restaurant run by a husband and wife.  It is probably the most difficult restaurant to get into, because reservations fill up a month or more in advance, but the stools and the counter are yours for the taking if you get there early enough.

The Mansion On Turtle Creek
Dallas

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This is maybe the most famous restaurant in Dallas, and with the relatively new Chef Bruno Davaillon, it’s worth every penny.

Neighborhood Services
Lovers near Inwood, Dallas

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Fresh daily pasta, amazing flatbreads and awesome meatballs; there’s so much to love about the fine, pub-feeling decor.  Save room for the butterscotch pot du creme.

Marquee Grill
Highland Park Village

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It’s just so hip right now to be at the Marquee.  Upstairs has a very cool bar with a second floor patio overlooking the most prestigius real estate in Dallas. It’s the best place to be seen right now.

Brownstone
Fort Worth

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I must admit that I have not been here since Chef Casey Thompson blew out of town.  I also hear the menu has changed, but I sure did love this place before.

Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Fort Worth

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I just love Chef Tim Love and this slice of fancy-comfort.  You can wear a suit or pressed wranglers and you’ll be just fine.  Game is the game here, and they do it SO WELL.

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