Saturday, July 28, 2012 and Saturday, November 24, 2012. In the past two years I’ve tried a half-dozen upscale steakhouses in the Boston area. My favorite is Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. The restaurant opened in 2011 on the Seaport, a newly trendy neighborhood that has attracted a lot of restauranteurs. Del Frisco’s dining room boasts an unbeatable view of the waterfront and Boston’s skyline across the bay. Visit for the view, stay for the meal.
Del Frisco’s is Boston’s hippest steakhouse. It’s popular with the corporate crowd during the week, and on weekends it’s a “date night” destination full of people dressed to impress. The water view is dazzling and the dining room is designed to match, in every aspect including the servers’ attire. Most importantly, the top-notch food backs up its high prices. I think Del Frisco’s caters more toward the younger twenty- and thirtysomething urban professionals more successfully than other steakhouses in the area, and without losing the classic authority of being A Steakhouse. Del Frisco’s is cool, it’s trendy, and it knows it.
|Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Boston.|
Saturday, July 28, 2012. We started with appetizers of tuna tartar and crab cakes. I always hesitate when ordering tuna tartar because it’s one of those dishes that varies wildly depending where you are, so much that it’s hard to know what to expect; but I loved Del Frisco’s dish. The tartar itself ($16) was accompanied by crispy crostinis that were each garnished with a tiny sliver of red pepper, all atop a piece of lettuce.
|Del Frisco’s tuna tartar with crostinis.|
|Del Frisco’s crab cake appetizer, without the Cajun lobster sauce.|
|Del Frisco’s 8-ounce filet mignon. (My steak-photographing skills don’t reflect how yummy this steak was!)|
Enter, the giant lobster tail and legendary onion rings.
I was introduced to the concept of surf-n-turf (more or less) at the Melting Pot and have been obsessed with the steak-&-lobster combination ever since. Hands down, Del Frisco’s does it best. Here is my strategy: I order a steak for myself, and I make sure my boyfriend orders one too. Then I convince him to split a humongous lobster tail with me, which isn’t hard because he loves steak-&-lobster as much as I do. When the food arrives, I position the lobster tail as close to me as possible and hog it. That is my strategy, and I’m certain it’s how Napoleon won wars.
The lobster tail’s sheer size will impress you even before its flavor. My boyfriend tells me that there are actually larger lobster tails out there and that I am overstating the size of Del Frisco’s lobster tails, but I haven’t seen any bigger lobster tails yet so I’m not going to let him rain on my parade. I will continue to describe the Del Frisco’s lobster tail as “sea-monster huge.” It’s awesome.
On this visit we splurged on the extra-huge 20-ounce lobster tail for $120, over the 18-ounce for $108. I’ll admit, the larger size ended up being a little much for my boyfriend and I to realistically share with our steaks. But it was delicious, and next time around we knew to go with the smaller portion.
|Del Frisco’s 20-ounce lobster tail meat, after having been cut off the tail itself. (It looks more impressive than this photo reflects, I promise!)|
|Del Frisco’s incredible onion rings.|
|Del Frisco’s chocolate souffle cake topped with raspberries and a sprig of mint, accompanied by vanilla ice cream.|
Saturday, November 24, 2012. My most recent visit to Del Frisco’s was a treat for his mother’s birthday. She loves Del Frisco’s. We made our reservation roughly a month in advance. It should be noted that if you’re planning to dine at Del Frisco’s on a Friday or Saturday in the 5:30–8:30pm range, then you should try to book at least a couple weeks out. They fill up. I spent the next weeks anticipating an evening of mouthwatering steak and lobster and onion rings, and I was not disappointed!
The dining began as it typically does for me, with indecision as I pore over the menu wishing that I had a second stomach (and bank account) so I could try more food. In this case, I managed to narrow my appetizer selection down to two possibilities, the fried oysters ($15) or the smoked chicken and andouille gumbo ($10). I asked our waiter for his opinion. He advised me that the fried oysters would be more filling; and so, appreciating how much more food I’d be having, I went with the gumbo and ended up very happy with my decision.
The gumbo’s generously-piled pieces of pulled chicken did indeed give it a smoky flavor, while the topping of rice added diversity to the texture. The chicken-and-andouille proportion was a bit heavy on the chicken, but honestly, I didn’t mind. The dish had a twinge of Southern hotness to it: enough to catch my attention, but not enough to burn.
|Del Frisco’s smoked chicken and andouille gumbo.|
|Del Frisco’s 32-ounce bone-in wagyu beef.|
Okay, so it’s hard to get a good photo of steak, but just trust me when I say that it’s good.
Keeping in mind how we hadn’t been able to finish the 20-ounce lobster tail on our last visit, we went with a smaller 16-ounce lobster tail this time around. It ended up being the perfect amount for all three of us to accompany our steaks.
My boyfriend was curious about the veal porterhouse steak ($44) and ordered it, partially because he knew I’d be blogging and this wasn’t something either of us had tried before at Del Frisco’s. The veal was pale in color and quite delicate in flavor, especially in contrast to the richness of the wagyu. He was surprised by how much he genuinely liked it and said he would order it again in the future.
|Del Frisco’s veal porterhouse steak.|
|Del Frisco’s eggless hand-whipped cheesecake with strawberries. *Swoon.*|
|Del Frisco’s praline parfait with vanilla ice cream, pecans, and caramel rum sauce, topped with whipped cream.|