The menu at Del Frisco’s Grille is getting a facelift. The restaurant is introducing seven new items and new wines (including the late Brangelina's Provence rosé) to streamline their offerings. At a tasting prior to the new menu debut on Oct. 18, Soiree staff tried six of the seven tasty additions, and spoiler alert — they’re as good as they look.
Artichoke Beignets (pictured above)
These savory diced artichoke hearts are made with fontina cheese in a beignet batter and served with a sweet basil dressing. These little "beignets" elicited an, "Oh, that looks good" from a random passerby. They taste even better.
Roasted Baby Beet Salad
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. Beets? In a salad? But forget what you think you know about beets because this was my favorite of the two appetizers. The roasted red and gold beets are garnished with fresh mint and orange zest and served atop a bed of whipped feta. The salad was refreshing and light while giving tons of flavor with each bite. And how can you go wrong with whipped feta?
This big burger is perfect for someone with a healthy appetite. The Quinn Burger featuring prime tenderloin meat is served on a toasted kaiser roll bun. Inside the burger, spicy mustard and onion bacon jam add a punch of smoky and savory flavor. All of this is served with a side of thinly-sliced, house-made fries.
I’m not a huge fan of scallops (it’s the texture, okay?), but I will say Del Frisco’s scallops have a lovely, distinct flavor thanks to the heaping dollops of tomato chermoula and gremolata. Blistered heirloom tomatoes and goat cheese polenta give this rich dish an added element of surprise.
Chef Maeve Grey says this was by far the staff’s favorite of the new menu items. I know why. This fall-off-the-bone pork shank is absolutely delicious on its own, but it’s served with collard greens sauteed down with bacon and sea island red peas. And, an apple cider coffee au jus glaze is drizzled generously over the dish. Utter perfection.
14 oz. Bone-in Filet
Steak is what Del Frisco’s is known for, so it’s no surprise that they wanted to go back to their roots with the new menu. This will be the restaurant’s first bone-in filet on the menu. The steak was understated and served solo, but good steak doesn’t need any dressing up. Restaurantgoers won’t be disappointed with this one.
Del Frisco's is now serving their new creations at the West Little Rock location at 17707 Chenal Parkway. For more info, head to the restaurant's Facebook page.