Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse is one of the staple steakhouses not just in the Dallas area, but in the country. Its longstanding ranking among the best steakhouses made tonight’s visit to the flagship location pretty exciting for me.
The night of excess started with an Old Fashioned in true Susie fashion (Knob Creek Bourbon, muddled cherry, orange, sugar & bitters). It was quite standard (as I’m super spoiled when it comes to OFs) and nothing too extraordinary, but you could actually taste the bourbon used and it wasn’t too diluted, which gave it a really delightful flavor. (Because … ya know … I love bourbon.) Luckily, the rest of the drinks were much more unique.
If you’re in for just one drink, make it Del’s Manhattan (Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Dolin Rouge Sweet Vermouth, bitters, Luxardo cherry). It’s as smooth as a baby’s rump and as strong as Arnold back in the day. They actually have barrels of Maker’s Mark in the upstairs office that they use (no, I wasn’t allowed to visit them), and the Manhattan is make with Luxardo cherries (because are there any others?).
Next up was the Pomegranate Martini (360 Vodka, PAMA Pomegranate liquor, splash of cranberry), which was quite sweet and reminded me of a drink my favorite cocktail creator/roommate, Sam, would make me after a long day of classes (and before my night classes) back in the day. PAMA gives any cocktail an incredibly rich flavor —- and it makes it healthy, right?
Last up was the Blackberry Ginger Cocktail (Woodford Reserve Bourbon, fresh blackberries, fresh lemon juice, mint, splash of ginger beer). It sounds like a girly little drink, huh? WRONG. It’s a powerful and flavorful little libation with a perfect splash of ginger beer to give it a little tingle and bubble.
As for food, we started with crab cakes (holy awesome … no filler here!) and onion rings (double awesome … they’re as big as my hand), and then proceeded to entrees. I couldn’t resist the “feature” of three 4oz steaks with different sauces on each (fois gras butter, port wine, and peppercorn … I think*). The steaks were tender, juicy, and amazingly savory. Dessert was pretty incredible (lemon cake and cheesecake). Their cheesecake is whipped, not baked, which makes it so light that it’s completely irresistible. Like seriously … I’m meant to be on a diet and I definitely partook in (and took home leftovers of) most of it. The crust is made with pecans, so if you have a nut allergy, you’re shit outta luck. (Whatever, dude, more for me.)
Last note: Don’t expect to park your own car here … go ahead and resign yourself to the fact that you’re going to valet. Even on a Monday night there wasn’t a parking space to be found. No cash to tip? No worries … they’ll let you charge a card to get some cash at the bar!
Del Frisco’s has already released their Valentine’s Day menu and are accepting reservations, so (for the guys out there), get a move on and make your girl’s day by having a plan for the night. (And don’t forget the flowers and lingerie.)
*I’m not a food blogger … I do drinks.
****I was invited to join Del Frisco’s for a meal this evening and my meal was on the house.****