In certain extenuating circumstances, I make exceptions, or rather extensions to my “calories don’t count on the weekends” philosophy. My 25th birthday falling on a Monday was classified as one of those “exceptions.”
In my family, a typical birthday celebration includes two things – steak & chocolate cake (and not necessarily in that order). Given that I consumed a giant slice of chocolate cake for breakfast, I was pining for a steak dinner to complete the day.
In the weeks leading up to my birthday, I sent Chad several “subtle” hints as to where I might like to dine. That being said, I was excitedly “surprised” when we pulled up to the valet at Del Frisco’s Grille. I was actually surprised when we were escorted upstairs to our table to find several friends already enjoying cocktails.
We joined everyone at the round table that, much to my liking, included a giant Lazy Susan as the centerpiece. Very conducive to sharing, we began with a round of appetizers which, to be honest, were my favorite part of the meal. The wild mushroom flatbread was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. I almost wanted to subtly remove it from the Lazy Susan and keep the entire thing for myself – social etiquette was the only thing that stopped me. The crust was a little thicker than a traditional flatbread, crispy on the outside and doughy in the middle. The buttery garlic mushrooms were nicely balanced by the sharpness of the Fontina cheese.
The ahi tacos were a close second – tuna tartare, avocado, and a spicy aioli all stuffed inside a crispy taco shell. The tuna was so good I almost revised my entrée choice to the ahi tuna steak, but the filet won out in the end.
We also ordered the cheese steak eggrolls and the pimento cheese fritters, neither of which are my cup of tea. Given that both plates were empty within five minutes, I’m going to assume they were pretty good as well. All the appetizers were a nice size and perfect for sharing, although I’m pretty sure the Lazy Susan only made its way around once before everything was gone.
Always a bit apprehensive when trying a new steakhouse, I made sure to emphasize to the waiter that I would like my steak VERY rare on a room temperature (NOT a hot) plate – apparently he got the point.
I was extremely pleased when I cut open my steak to find that it was perfectly (un)cooked throughout. It had a nice sear on the outside and a salt and pepper rub that provided a kick of heat at the end. The dish was accompanied by a twice baked potato cake, which I actually enjoyed more than the sea salt & Parmesan frites. The overuse of Parmesan weighed the frites down, making them slightly soggy.
I enjoyed the steak, but it was nothing to write home about. The appetizers, atmosphere, and cocktails are the three elements that will bring me back to Del Frisco’s. The ambiance upstairs was trendy and chic without the stuffy feeling that often accompanies a steakhouse. Come springtime (or maybe next week given the 70-degree November weather we’ve been experiencing), I would love to come back and enjoy cocktails and apps on the double-decker outdoor patio.