Del Frisco's Grille
Review by Leah
I’m embarrassed to admit, as West Siders, it took us months to try this place! More than one person said, “you have to try Del Frisco’s!” “Del what?” I asked. And so we found ourselves enjoying their large patio one beautiful, Saturday morning. The proximity to—and view of—the ocean and Santa Monica pier is unparalleled. The people-watching is outstanding.
We decided to go with the White Sangria ($6 glass, $18 carafe) and we were not disappointed. Maybe it was the step-by-step tutorial we received from Luca at the bar or the fresh berries that floated on top of our fully poured drinks (ok, it was mainly because they gave us two glasses each), either way it was light, refreshing and perfect for a sunny day.
The brunch menu is well-suited for those brunchers who have a hard time making decisions in the morning (ourselves included). The menu is not too cluttered as to be overwhelming, but filled with just enough options, there is bound to be something that suits your brunch fancy. Our decisions were greatly helped by Del Frisco’s outgoing and passionate staff. We were encouraged to start with their Chilled Swiss Oatmeal ($8) and were assured that our entrees the Crab Cake Benedict ($17) and Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles ($17) were optimal choices.
We love arriving at brunch right when it starts so we can witness the organic gait of the midday evolve. Our solo existence was soon shared by numerous excited guests and a lively playlist just soft enough to allow easy conversation.
The oatmeal was, as promised, light and delectable. The toasted toppings mixed with the cold apple bits created a truly nice introduction for our palates. With ample time for more sips from the amazing sangria we were stunned when our entrée plates were dropped off. The chicken and waffles comes with three extra-large chicken breasts gently swaddling perfectly toasted waffles. The surprise in this dish was the spicy maple syrup (so SO good). Kate’s benedict was similarly delightful. She had been burned before by benedicts featuring low-quality crab. However, the sweet and delicate crab complimented by crisp asparagus reminded her what Crab Cake Benedicts are supposed to taste like.
Giddy with conversation we happily enjoyed our dishes while filming our latest segment of LA Brunchers, Tastemade style. We only felt slightly guilty when it was time to clear plates and we had more than enough to bring home but passed on the doggy bags. The price point definitely matches taste and size.
The place was packed when we left and we suspect Sundays are even crazier. We will happily return to Del Frisco’s soon and maybe take a ride on the Ferris Wheel afterwards.