Restaurant Review: Del Frisco’s Grille

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Del Friscos SignWhen you think of Del Frisco’s one word comes to mind – steak, but the new (2 year-old) Del Frisco’s Grille located in Chestnut Hill (33 Boylston St)  caters to the carnivores and omnivores alike.

When you first walk into Del Frisco’s you see a small hostess table and some modern stairs, if you’ve already  gotten your cardio in for the day, there’s a handy elevator to your left. Once upstairs, you are greeted with wonderful views of the lake.

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Views

The color scheme of black and red keep with the modern tones makes it feel Asian influenced, but there isn’t a lot of wall decorations to enhance any theme. There is a variety of seating options, from a large bar to tables to high booths that allow you to take in the views.

Recently they’ve added new lunch menu items for diners who are on the go, and I love the menu categories – Food to Fight Over (Appetizers), Greens Big and Small (Salads), Grab a Pair (pairing sides, salads and sandwiches), Two-Fisted Sandwiches (big sandwiches), Knife & Fork (main dishes), Thirst Quenchers (Speciality Drinks). How cute!

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Cucumber Mint Soda

To quench my thirst, I started with their house made Cucumber Mint Soda. It was really refreshing. If you are a fan of a mojito, but don’t want all the alcohol and sugar, this is the drink for you. It will be perfect for summer on a hot day.

Chopped Chicken & Farm Greens Salad (pictured without chicken)
Chopped Chicken & Farm Greens Salad (pictured without chicken)

On the Greens Big & Small menu, general manager Eric brought out the Chopped Chicken & Farm Greens Salad – sans the chicken – which includes tomato, carrots, roasted pine nuts, blue cheese, Dijon mustard vinaigrette and chicken. I liked the salad overall. It comes dressed, so I would ask for it on the side if you are picky about dressing portions. I liked that the pine nuts were roasted and there wasn’t  too much blue cheese. A solid choice for salad lovers. It’s also portioned large enough so that you can have it as a lighter meal.

Buratta Heirloom Tomato Salad
Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad

I also tried the Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Salad (balsamic vinegar, basil oil, micro greens) which is one of the gluten free items on the menu. They do a good job of marking gluten free and signature items on the menu which is very helpful for those with dietary restrictions. The salad is very light, so I found it to be on the bland side. The heirloom tomatoes tasted out of season, so not as fresh. I find it more of a spring/summer dish.

Guacamole
Guacamole

Next he brought out the house made Guacamole. It tasted very fresh with a good blend of garlic, onion and spices. There was also a good chip companion. Though I prefer when the chips are warmed, it was a quality tortilla chip and a good solid guacamole.

Wild Mushroom Flatbread
Wild Mushroom Flatbread

From the appetizer section,I ordered the Wild Mushroom Flatbread (Fontina cheese, caramelized onion, baby arugula, white truffle oil) of course they had me at truffle oil, but it is also very tasty with the Fontina cheese which tends to have less saltiness than other cheese, so it worked well for keeping the dish light. I also liked that they had a variety of mushrooms including oyster which added to the texture and flavor of the flatbread.

Whole Artichoke
Whole Artichoke

I also tried the Whole Artichoke which had a nice presentation, but unless you’re a die-hard artichoke fan, I’d skip it.

Eric also said that the Cheesesteak Eggrolls (sweet & spicy chili sauce, honey mustard) are a restaurant best-seller, but you’ll have to try that one on your own 😉

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Farmers Market Veggie Burger
Farmers Market Veggie Burger - back view
Farmers Market Veggie Burger – back view

My favorite menu item of the day was the Farmers Market Veggie Burger (hand-crafted veggie patty, soy glaze). First of all, you really do need two hands in order to grip it. And you just can’t beat the presentation! They also had a lot of my favorite things on it including sweet pickles, shredded lettuce and a very tasty bun that was toasted. The soy glaze was very tasty! I even put a little on my fries! The garden burger was very delicious as well and held up well, though I dare you not to make a mess! The fries were double fried, so they had this nice crispness to them – no ketchup needed.

Coconut Cream Pie
Coconut Cream Pie

Lastly was the dessert, which they brought out their signature Coconut Cream Pie with white chocolate shavings, which I recommend sharing, due to the size. I’m not a coconut fan, so I can’t give the best recommendation on this. It was also very cold, like it needed to warm up to room temperature before being served and they forgot to do that. I also tried the Butter Scotch Pudding Jar (salted caramel and whipped cream). It tasted good for the first two bites, after that I stopped tasting the caramel and could only taste the salt, so I can’t recommend it either.

The main thing that I liked about Del Frisco’s Grille is that there are a lot of choices, combinations and accommodations. For example with the Grab A Pair option, you can get a flat bread or a half of a wrap or a sandwich, fish tacos and pair it with soup or salad. There are also daily lunch specials and you can mix and match and they are very accommodating with substitutions.

This place feels like somewhere you could come for lunch multiple times a week and never have to eat the same thing twice and still keep your taste buds happy.

Disclaimer: This meal was provided to me free of charge. All of my thoughts and opinions are my own.

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