Dallas’ famed Del Frisco’s Grille is showing off its burger prowess by offering a “Burgers and Brews” combination special through February 2 for $17.50. It features their signature prime double cheeseburger alongside a choice of sea salt and Parmesan or sweet potato fries and any one of Del Frisco’s draft beers.
Before I got down to business, I whet my appetite with the Grille’s cheesesteak egg rolls with sweet and spicy chili sauce and honey mustard, and ahi tuna tacos with avocado and spicy citrus mayo. The egg rolls were a delicious steak twist on an Asian classic. The outside was crunchy and hot and the insides were warm, gooey, and full of top-notch steak. The ahi tuna tacos were insanely tasty — I could have ordered another round of those and stopped there. The shells were crisp and the fish was fresh.
Choosing a beer was much tougher. The brews offered included Stella Artois; Blue Moon; Lakewood Punkel; Four Corners Red Roja; Four Corners Oak Aged IPA; Brooklyn Brewery’s Brew Masters Reserve Fiat Lux (which means, “let there be light”); and Oskar Blues G'Knight (an Imperial Red IPA).
If you have trouble choosing, all you have to do is ask and you’ll get a spot-on lesson in all things beer and brewing from Del Frisco’s knowledgeable staff. I’m as green as they come when it comes to beer, so I tasted everything there was to try before landing on the Oskar Blues G’Knight.
Since trying just one of something is never a strong suit of mine, I tried all three of the Grille’s burger offerings: the Grille Prime cheeseburger with double patties, lettuce, tomato, sloppy sauce, frites, and a pickle; the lamb burger with roasted tomato, arugula, tzatziki sauce, and frites; and the green chili cheeseburger with double patties, jalapeño jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, frites, and a pickle.
I don’t even generally like cheeseburgers, but the Grille Prime cheeseburger left me confident that Dallas has a series contender for best burger in town. Something about the combination of fixings, the perfectly cooked beef ,and melted cheese made me swoon.
And lest you think that this is a smoke-and-mirrors burger situation with all the toppings making up for less-than-stellar meat, think again. The beef stands alone with lovely flavor, texture, and flame. After my first bite, I was sorry I had agreed to share.
That is, until I bit into the lamb burger. The lamb was succulent, the tzatziki was tangy, and the bun was soft and delicious. I have a confession to make: I love lamb. The thing is, there’s nothing worse than under-seasoned or over-cooked meat, but there’s no fear of either of those things here. The meat was spot-on from seasoning to cooking and, again, I had no interest in moving to the next burger — but I’m glad I did.
I don’t eat extremely spicy food for the bragging rights — it seems silly to me. If something is so spicy that it burns your taste buds into submission, how can you enjoy what you’re eating? Lucky for Grille diners, the Hatch chili burger is full of flavor without being “I dare you to eat it” spicy. I love how it lit up my taste buds and left my mouth hankering for the next bite instead of begging for mercy.
And the fries, oh, the fries. They were crisp and perfectly salted, from the original to the sea salt Parmesan to the sweet potato. Even the standard fry was far from standard. The only issue I had was the same one I had with the burgers: I liked all three and would have been none too happy if I were forced to pick a favorite.
Note to self: never go to Del Frisco’s Grille alone. There are too many things to order not to have partners in crime with whom you can share. My menu mantra is simple: “More of everything!”