| January 4, 2010 | 10:27am
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Forbes Travel Guide, formerly the Mobil Travel Guide, has named six Dallas restaurants to its four-star and five-star hospitality ratings for restaurants and hotels.
According to the comprehensive rating system, which uses more than 750 standardized criteria (which is approximately 748 criteria more than Dude Food uses), Dallas is far and away the king of dining cities in Texas, claiming six of the seven four-star restaurants. Neither Fort Worth nor Austin has a single restaurant worthy of the designation, and Houston had but a single four-star restaurant. Only one Texas eatery (Inn at Dos Brisas in Brenham) ranked five stars.
The restaurants to earn four stars are Abacus, Fearing's, Nana, Stephan Pyles, The French Room and The Mansion.
Stephan Pyles and Abacus' Kent Rathbun both made City of Ate's Best Restaurateurs of the '00's. Incredibly, however, none of those restaurants made either Dude Food Year In Review list.
Also going on this week...
The Place At Perry's is now open for happy hour 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays, with specials that include complimentary hors d'oeuvres, half-price wines, $8 martinis, $4 drafts and Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon at a mere $17 a glass.
The Old Monk, Idle Rich and Blackfriar pubs will all close today for the employee holiday party. However, in celebration of UT's BCS National Championship appearance, each of the three sibling bars will have special happy hour pricing ($2 domestic bottles and half-price wells, drafts and calls) Thursday from opening until the 7 p.m. kickoff.
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