Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Del Frisco's Grille

We recently visited Del Frisco's Grille on The Street in Chestnut Hill, a newer outpost of the very successful steak chain located in this very popular shopping and dining district.  It was mobbed, of course.  The Saturday night wait for a table was 90 minutes so please make a reservation ahead of time if you plan to go. The crowd was an eclectic, sophisticated bunch from college students to families and couples.

We started off with a cocktail.  The signature drink is called the VIP:  Sweet Hawaiian Pineapple Infused Svedka Clementine Vodka.  Very refreshing.  We also tried the Apt 5D: Tito's Vodka, Muddled Strawberries, Lemon Sour, Simple Syrup and a Dash Of Balsamic.  This was also quite nice but we preferred the former.

We tried several appetizers.  These Berkshire Pork Meatballs were stewed in tomatoes with red pepper and served with basil and a garlic aioli.  Very good but just a slight bit on the dry side.

These Cheesesteak Eggrolls came with a spicy chili sauce that was excellent.  Perfectly crispy and filled with a rich helping of meat and cheese.

The Ahi Tacos With Avocado had a spicy citrus mayo.  The taco shells were perfect and the tuna was very fresh.

I went with the dinner special:  Fillet with Baby Shrimp.  Covered with a great barbecue sauce and served with a crispy potato muffin and grilled asparagus, the meat was an exemplary medium rare.  Their steaks are always great and this was a fantastic combination, the three fillets covered with flavorful baby shrimp.

My dining companion went with the Chicken Schnitzel.  Squash and chive noodles in a rich lemon-butter sauce accompanied the chicken which was extra crispy and flavorful, as a good schnitzel should be.  I was also tempted to order this and my few bites confirmed that it was a great choice.  The pasta was also good, perfectly al dente.

This side of Truffled Mac and Cheese, however, was my hit of the night.  A comforting cast iron tray of the hearty macaroni was drenched in cheese and a very rich truffle flavor.  Honestly, I could have made a feast out of this alone.

Despite being stuffed we did manage to taste desserts with a cup of cappuccino.  This Nutella Bread Pudding was not heavy at all but dense with flavor and served with coffee ice cream and a caramel sauce. Heaven. Do make a point of saving room for dessert if at all possible.

And, of course, we could not visit without a sampling of their signature Lemon Doberge Cake with six layers, real buttercream lemon frosting and a lemon glaze.  If you are a lemon cake lover like me it does not get any better than this.

The food was great, the service friendly and informal yet professional.  This is not a stuffy restaurant at all and a great, fun place with views of the reservoir in the middle of the dining room and a hopping bar scene.  I would confidently recommend Del Frisco's Grille to friends and family, steak lovers or not.

Del Frisco's Grille
33 Boylston Street (Route 9 on The Street)
Chestnut Hill, MA  02467
Telephone:  617.608.3682

Plenty of free parking.  Reservations strongly suggested.

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