All too often the more casual little brother concept of a legendary restaurant becomes more of a redheaded stepchild, but that is not the case with Del Frisco’s Grille. A unique concept and feel all its own, with innovative cocktails and dishes and inviting atmosphere – not to mention two incredible patios!
I have to get this out of the way first – – the patios are amazing! There is a wraparound patio at sidewalk level that looks out on McKinney for great people watching and in good weather the whole front wall of the restaurant slides open for a great open air feel. Upstairs is the real treat. Once you get to the top of the stairs, there is another bar with a large open window to the second patio. With beautiful fire pits and heaters, guests can grab a seat in luxurious booths lining the wall. And the booths were very cleverly constructed to be just the right height so when seated you can see over the wall and down to McKinney. There’s even a huge circular booth for large groups – I’m already planning my birthday party there!
The whole place is an impressive balance between a sleek industrial look and being warm and welcoming. An open kitchen, metal accents and contemporary art keep it hip, but without the cold feeling you often get thanks to warm, orange lighting, dark woods and extremely friendly staff.
We started out evening with a couple of DFG’s handcrafted cocktails. The VIP was described to us as “dangerous” and lived up to that. Itwould have been easy to drink the whole thing in a minute as its Clementine vodka infused with pineapple had a light sweetness but not overpowering. We also tried the Kilt Lifter which was excellent – for those who want a refreshing drink that’s not dripping with sweetness like so many you get, this is perfect! It’s an intriguing mix of gin, St. Germain, lemon and a splash of lemon.
The drinks were a fantastic start and we continued the trend with the Jumbo Lump Crabcake. This was not your average crabcake, there was little “cake-y” about it! A beautiful pile of rich lump crab meat arrived… and, to our surprise, was soon outshined by the incredible Cajun Lobster Sauce! Don’t get me wrong, I like crab, I love crab… but the sauce! oh the sauce! This is one of those sauces that you could dip your sneakers in and you would eat every last bit them! I was very tempted to ask the chef for a bucket of sauce to take home. We also tried the Garlic Shrimp Flatbread. The crust was very good, perfectly crisp on the outside and light. The topping were also good, the chorizo and cilantro definitely took over. This would be a great item to enjoy if you were getting just appetizers and drinks, it was a little hearty for us to eat before entrees.
Our entrees arrived perfectly timed after the appetizers. We couldn’t resist trying one of the steaks, it was a Del Frisco’s concept after all. The Prime Ribeye did not disappoint! A huge steak arrived, perfectly cooked and with a small side of loaded mashed potatoes. The steak was oh so tender and very well seasoned. I tried the Sole Francese which was highlighted as their signature dish in the “From the Sea” category. I can see why! A delicate filet of sole arrived accented with a decadent and delicious chive-lemon butter that was so creamy but light at the same time. The wilted arugula salad complimented the sole and crab perfectly. The sides are all served family style and the variety made it a difficult decision, but being the mac and cheese fans we are, we could not pass up the Jalapeno Bacon Mac and Cheese. It arrived in a miniature cast iron skillet and was indulgent with just a hint of spiciness from the jalapenos and a crispy topping. It was good, but with how great the steak and sole were it wasn’t the highlight of the meal.
To finish off the meal, we went with the Nutella Bread Pudding served with coffee ice cream. I was completely impressed by how crunchy the crust of the bread pudding was, while the center was incredibly moist and melted in your mouth. The coffee ice cream highlighted the slight cocoa notes in the Nutella. This may be my favorite use for Nutella yet! I highly recommend this dessert.
The dining experience was a fantastic one. Grab a seat on the patio if you can and enjoy both the fine drinks and food – you’ll be in for a treat!
A big thank you to Liz Agostin for this blog post and keeping us updated with Del Frisco’s newest establishment.
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