We continue HRW 2021 with a visit to one of the most scenic restaurants in the Woodlands, Del Frisco’s Grille. Located on Restaurant Row at Hughes Landing, Del Frisco’s straddles the line between upscale comfort food and a premium steakhouse, and does so with aplomb.
Executive Chef Brian McNamara has created an interesting menu for Houston Restaurant Weeks. We explored all his offerings, and found some surprises. Here’s our take:
This creamy, complex soup features pureed roasted corn, creme, hits of chicken, and fried wontons for texture. The flavors came together gracefully into a smooth, delicious start to our meal
Beef Vegetable Soup
Intensely flavorful and compelling, this complex soup may be one of our favorites in the Woodlands. Layers of carefully incorporated herbs and spices meld to create a phenomenal starter we could have happily made the whole meal out of. Our pick for the starter.
Any salad that starts with three strips of thick-cut steakhouse bacon is a winner with us, and the Grille Salad does not disappoint. A light vinaigrette dress the mixed greens, carrots, and cherry tomatoes, and the crunchy garlic croutons complete the dish.
Roughly chopped romaine, parmesan, garlic croutons, and Del Frisco’s garlic-y anchovy caesar dressing complete this classic salad.
Lemon Dill Salmon
Chef Brian perches a perfectly cooked slab of salmon atop house mashed potatoes and asparagus, and dresses it with a hint of lemon and dill. Seafood lovers will not be disappointed; the kitchen knows how to handle this notoriously difficult fish, and the result is moist and savory.
This artfully presented, gently roasted chicken is presented with beautiful multicolored carrots and crowned with a soulful caper chimichurri.
10oz Prime Sirloin
Del Frisco’s is known for its prime steaks, and the 10oz Prime Sirloin is a nice introduction to the prime beef they offer. It’s expertly broiled and seasoned gently with salt and pepper. We can easily recommend this steak, but real steak lovers should keep reading…
The filet mignon at Del Frisco’s has a storied reputation, and it is available (for a reasonable supplement) on the HRW menu. True steak lovers should do the upgrade; you’ll receive a perfectly seasoned (salt and pepper only, of course), expertly broiled, sublimely tender, juicy steak. Our favorite entree.
Peanut Butter Bar
An airy, gently flavored peanut butter mousse is stacked atop a dense graham cracker crust, and it’s finished with a river of callebaut fudge sauce, and some addictive little chocolate crunchies. A very deft use of flavor and texture. Our favorite dessert.
Caramel Pot de Créme
Elegant is the term that comes to mind when you layer a mild butterscotch pudding with dense, luxurious malden salted caramel. We could eat this with a spoon… and that’s exactly what we did.
Nutella Bread Pudding
Vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of caramel top this dense, rich nutella cake. This is not a light, delicate desert, but it should quench the heartiest appetite, and is an apt finish to a hearty steak dinner.
We really enjoyed the dishes presented by Chef Brian and Del Frisco’s for Houston Restaurant Weeks. Between the well prepared food, the lovely lakeside setting, and the attentive service, this is an easy spot to recommend.
Quality steaks and seafood in a scenic lakeside location
American, Brunch, Seafood, and Steaks | Hughes Landing
Full Bar, Happy Hour, HRW2020, HRW2021, Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Romantic, Scenic View, and Upscale