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Sometimes ordering the soup du jour and an entrée for dinner just isn’t going to cut it. So next time you want to go all out--say, for a birthday or anniversary--how about trying a little bit of everything on the menu?

That’s basically what you’ll get when you splurge on one of these three insanely delicious chef’s tasting menus. Not only do you get to sample several courses, but you also get to enjoy them at the coolest seat in the house.


FT33 ($95 per person)

The constantly changing 14-course sampling is centered on European cuisine as well as seasonal ingredients--like sweetbread schnitzel with wild mushroom risotto or veal loin served with crispy oysters in a shallot Cabernet sauce. It?s served only Tuesdays through Thursdays, and you can add a sommelier-selected wine pairing for $55 per person. One caveat: All six seats at McCallister?s front-row kitchen table must be filled before you can savor your cauliflower caviar and butter rosemary carrots. 

1617 Hi Line Dr.; 214-741-2629 or



UCHI ($220 per person)

The omakase--Japanese for "chef-guided menu"--at Uchi features ten courses. You?re basically left in the hands of that night?s sushi chef, so expect things to get creative. You?ll be served cold dishes, like thin slices of fresh fish paired with seasonal vegetables, along with hot dishes such asgrilled flounder or Wagyu beef. Just be sure to make a reservation.

2817 Maple Ave.; 214-855-5454 or


The French Room ($110 per person)

Looking for an elegant venue with a classic approach to fine dining? The French Room at theAdolphus Downtown offers a five-course dinner (add sommelier-paired wine with each course for$45 per person) inspired by European cuisine as well as seasonal ingredients. Don’t expect small, sampling portions like you’d get with other chef’s tasting menus--this place provides plenty of foodfor each course to satisfy even the most discerning palate.

1321 Commerce St.; 214-742-8200 or


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