A new addition to the Del Frisco’s menu is octopus served with spinach, tomatoes and butter beans. Photos by Bob Sweeney
BY BOB SWEENEY
There are pleasurable moments in the newspaper world and one of them is doing reviews of new and existing popular restaurants, such as Greenwood Village’s Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House at 8100 East Orchard Road.
This very successful chain started in 1981 with headquarters in Southlake, Texas and has expanded to 18 steakhouses across the United States with three different brands, Del Frisco’s, Del Frisco’s Grille and Sullivan’s. They went public in 2012 and are listed on NASDAQ with a symbol DFRG. A Del Frisco’s Grille is located in Cherry Creek.
The Greenwood restaurant is one of the oldest and most successful operations in the organization with good reasons. They have excellent steaks, chops, seafood and service, along with community involvement with charities, and they host such groups such as the Denver Rustlers on their State Fair trip. The annual trip begins with wonderful entrees at the Greenwood Village “Double Eagle” steakhouse before boarding buses to Pueblo.
New menu items are being launched this week and media representatives have been invited to sample these new delicacies. Last week, my wife Gerri and I were invited to enjoy six new cocktail creations, along with 45-day dry aged prime steak, octopus, seared rare Wagyu beef carpaccio, marinated shrimp with special sauces and a succulent new maque choux side dish of shaved fresh corn on the cob with “Shito” green pepper complimented by a cream sauce. Just outstanding and winning “best of show.”
We didn’t just sample this dish, but enjoyed it all, spoon after spoonful. Probably the cheapest item on the menu to prepare, but just delicious.
We were given two steak samples to compare, the standard prime steak and the newly featured aged steak. Both excellent, I liked one, Gerri liked the other, both delicious.
New specialty drinks are served in beautiful glassware with garnishment.
When we arrived at 1 p.m., the restaurant was packed with patrons enjoying many luncheon specials, ranging from a prime cheeseburger at $14 to prime steak salad at $21, with a full complement of business lunch entrees.
Entering the restaurant, we were greeted by manager Donna and Maria, who handles public relations for the restaurant from the Feed
media.com office. We received a welcome from general manager Amanda Springmeier and were then escorted to our seats and greeted by our waiter, Greg. Within a few minutes, the newly created cocktails started to arrive in creative glasses with berries, fruit, frothy bubbles and rich colors of red pomegranate, smoky Paloma and black raspberry.
I chose a tequila Mescal and Gerri sampled the VIP drink, marinating pineapple for two weeks with clementine vodka. We had to go back to work after lunch so we didn’t consume all of the drinks, but they know how to make creative drinks at that bar.
After the assortment of new menu food items for dessert, we were served chocolate mouse and lemon cake. Part of the generous slice of cake went home in a box to be enjoyed that evening, still moist and fresh with thick lemon frosting.
Del Frisco’s will be featuring its food items at the upcoming Taste of Greenwood Village Oct.18 at the DTC Marriott. There will be more than 55 food stations represented. Tickets are on sale at DTCChamber.com
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