If you read this blog, you probably know by now that we don’t hit up national chains very often. Boston has so many unique restaurants that seem to open by the dozen, so in our never ending quest for interesting food, it happens. Also, most chains turn me off. I will never understand how the Cheesecake Factory is constantly packed, the menu is the same everywhere and the food is average at best.
You might also notice that we don’t hit up steakhouses very often. I love me a good steakhouse but they’re usually all the same. You know, expensive steaks and sides a la carte, huge wine list, lots of older men in suits, etc.
So why am I writing a post about Del Frisco’s, a place that would normally be off Just Add Cheese radar? Because it’s packing some serious heat underneath the surface. We tried Del Frisco’s for the first time a couple weeks ago. Like most steakhouse dinners normally go, we ordered the steak (ribeye), lobster and a bunch of side dishes to compliment it. Both main courses were fantastic but I’m not here to write about a medium rare steak and a buttery lobster tail, I’m here to show you the stuff you don’t already know about–their appetizers, side dishes, drinks, and desserts that can hold their own, sans steak dinner. This is the stuff that sets Del Frisco’s apart from the boring steakhouses, and what puts it on my list of places to meet up in the Seaport for spur of the moment food and drink rendezvous.
The Crab Cake with cajun lobster sauce is pretty much just lump crabmeat and that’s definitely not a bad thing. The sauce is creamy with a kick of citrus and spice, which makes it difficult not to lick the place when you’re done.
The Shanghai-Style Fried Calamari has a taste sweet and sour type of glaze over it. Even doused in sauce it remained crispy the whole time (which admittedly wasn’t long because devoured it). We also loved their champagne cocktail with bitters and raspberries.
I could swim in the Lobster Mac ‘n’ Cheese. Seriously. You won’t want to share this, although you probably should because you will eat the whole thing if it’s on the table in front of you–no matter how full you already are.
An unexpected delight was the chocolate milkshake dessert. It was perfect for sharing and doesn’t leave you feeling as guilty as, say, this…
Caring about calories was a lost cause after the lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, so we just went all out and got the bread pudding. And what a bread pudding it was! Up there in the best I’ve ever had and I’m a little obsessed with bread pudding. It was solid and spongey on the inside and crispy on the top.
Del Frisco’s is not cheap but when you’re going out for a big night or planning a company dinner (on them)–it’s a versatile spot where everyone can find something they like (and you can mow lobster mac ‘n’ cheese). Vegetarians actually might not like it as much. Unless of course you’re sitting at the bar and the group of businessmen next to you happen to take care of your drinks. That might change things.
250 Northern Avenue Suite 200
Boston, MA 02210