There are a number of reasons to love Del Frisco’s Grille, one of Stamford’s newest restaurants. Begin with its location, smack in the heart of downtown. Add to that a great vibe, comfy seating, its “Meat Up” menu with catchy food categories, and its coconut cream pie—hold that thought—to name a few.
What’s also striking are the acoustics and the ambiance. As you walk in, you register inviting music and the murmur of happy chatter—the place does draw a high-energy crowd—but it does not overwhelm, and once seated you can speak in normal tones. We love, love, love this because all too often we wake the next morning with a sore throat from shouting at our companions just to be heard. The décor, too, is calming: dark wood tones, flattering yellow lighting and a semi-industrial ceiling softened by barn-board wood panels that we suspect are key to the softening acoustics. And on each table is the coolest salt and pepper shaker.
Now, onto the food, beginning with “Food to Fight Over,” which tops the menu. We commend the chef who developed Cheesesteak Egg Rolls. The mastermind took Philadelphia’s favorite beef-and-cheese classic, neatly stuffed it into the crispiest egg roll, and set it on a plate with a perfect blend of sweet-and-spicy chili sauce. Get an order for everyone at the table; you won’t want to share. The Ahi Tacos are also spot-on, crispy and stuffed with a zesty lime-scented tuna tartare that is paired with a spicy citrus mayo, which provides just the right amount of tempered kick. Asian Street Tacos—barbecue pork served with cooling pickled daikon and carrots—is another must-try. (For lunch, you’ll find the same pork mixture served as a Banh Mi.) The only disappointment was the Roasted Corn Bisque, which simply needed more corn.
It’s here you’ll also find Del Frisco’s four flatbread offerings—Roasted Tomato, Wild Mushroom, Sausage and Pepperoni, and Spicy Meatball—any that could be a meal. Same goes for the “Big Greens” salads. The table shared the Kale & Brussels Sprouts; yes, kale is hot now, but when mixed with roasted almonds, a sweet tone of dried cranberries and oranges, shaved Manchego, and a tangy Creole mustard vinaigrette, it really is special.
A word about meat: Del Frisco’s is a chain, and many know its sister restaurants, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House and Sullivan’s Steakhouse. So if meat is your thing, you can’t go wrong. The cheeseburgers feature two double patties with lettuce, tomato, red onion and “Sloppy Sauce,” and are served with an adorable little personal plastic ketchup bottle. And the “Signature Steaks”—filet mignon, New York strip and rib eye—are all served with a choice of hand-mashed potatoes, Sea Salt & Parmesan Frites, Loaded Potato Cakes or shallot-buttered green beans.
Non-meat eaters take heart. There are other offerings, including the Bay of Fundy Salmon offered with chilled Brussels sprouts and quinoa salad. We tried the Simply Roasted Chicken, something you will find hard to resist. This version is moist and finger-lickin’ flavorful, bathed in jus that blends nicely with the mashed potatoes and crunchy asparagus also plated.
We skipped the sides but couldn’t help eyeing the Truffled Mac & Cheese. Definitely next time. And bring the family; although there is no printed children’s menu, there are plenty of offerings your server can recommend.
Definitely leave room for dessert, especially the coconut cream pie, one of the best desserts we’ve ever tasted. At its base is a vanilla wafer crust, topped with coconut custard and a huge mound of coconut-scented whipped cream, and garnished with coconut flakes and shaved white chocolate. Sweet-tooth heaven. As is the oh-so-gooey warm chocolate cake with raspberry sauce and the light butterscotch pudding in a jar, which is enticingly coated with a thick layer of soft salted caramel. We ate entirely too much, but it was worth every calorie.
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE
101 Broad Street, Stamford
Monday–Thursday, 11:00 a.m.–10 p.m.;
Friday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–11 p.m.;
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9 p.m.