When it comes to food conversations these days, it seems that the focus is always on incorporating more plant-based and vegan options.
Obviously, it's healthier. But sometimes you just want to sink your teeth into a big ol' hunk of meat.
While other eateries are slimming down, Del Frisco's Grille in Palm Beach is going the other way. The restaurant recently instituted its first menu change since opening last year.
The changes represent what the grill believes clients are seeking; however, the real reason for the change of pace is the chef. In March, five-year Del Frisco's veteran Michael McLaurin took the helm on the burners, bringing with him his mastery of all things steak.
"Because we use USDA-prime meat -- the top 2 percent of all beef -- which we use even to make our burgers with, our beef options have always been bestsellers on the menu," says General Manager Alev Ersoy. "And now with Chef McLaurin at reign, they've really been flying out of the kitchen. So not only does the updated menu offer more items in that category but it also features a variety of starters and sides that pair well with our flavorful steaks."
While much remains the same, expect to see additions like dry-aged, bone-in strips,
filet sliders (with caramelized onions and Boursin on a brioche roll with Parmesan frites), corn chowder (crab meat, smoked bacon bits, and fingerling potato chips), shaved Brussels sprouts, and au gratin potatoes.
These more-American dishes represent a slight shift in the original focus of the Palm Beach location. Being that it was the first South Florida outpost, Del Frisco's originally incorporated many Latin American flavors and techniques.
"Although Del Frisco's has many locations, we always aim to incorporate the local ingredients and regional inspirations and culture into each one, which is reflected in everything from the seafood dishes to the featured beers," says Ersoy. "However, the restaurant has always been described as one that offers 'a twist on American comfort cuisine,' which is what our brand continues to be known and celebrated for. The updated menu is more a reflection of this signature Del Frisco's Grille style but still very much honors the area's fresh and most-celebrated tastes."
Though some of these South Florida-specific dishes, like the ahi tuna tacos and white sangria, are still available, others, such as the pork empanadas and the gazpacho, have been purged.
New cocktails have also been added to the roster.
Del Frisco's Grille is located at 340 Royal Poinciana Way, Suite 300, in Palm Beach. Visit Facebook.com/DFGrillePalmBeach.
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