Iconic chef Dean Fearing got so many accolades after opening last summer there’s little wonder that Fearing’s Restaurant has become a top scene-and-be-seen destination. Whether it’s the Rattlesnake Bar off the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas hotel lobby, the buzzing Live Oak Bar accessible through the restaurant’s front door, outdoors at Ocaso bar, or supping in one of the three dining rooms (we love Dean’s Kitchen), Fearing’s is as much about energy as food and service. The cowboy-booted chef has successfully reinvented his signature Southwestern-accented cuisine with a more refined touch. Fearing’s at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, 2121 McKinney Ave., 214.922.4848 or www. Fearingsrestaurant.com.