A few years ago when Del Frisco first opened, I had a less than stellar experience which leads me to not return for quite some time. Recently, I am invited to try their weekend brunch offerings, and I take this opportunity to give them another go.
We begin with Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary ($8/$21 carafe) which is great to share. The house-made Bloody Mary Mix consists of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a plate of fixin’s including bacon, celery, pickled green beans for you to garnish your drink with.
Most people I know are not fans of Bloody Marys, so for those there is White Sangria ($8/$21 carafe) with Pinot Grigio, white peach puree, peach schnapps, and a novel strawberry-peach popsicle which you can stir into the sangria and enjoy as it melts into your cocktail.
I’ve heard a lot about the Cheesesteak Eggrolls ($13) which I have never tried. They are crispy on the outside and the meat filling is seasoned well. Dip into the sweet and spicy chile sauce, or honey mustard as you wish.
The Ahi Tacos ($17) uses a crispy wonton shell as a vessel to hold chunks of tuna tartare and avocado, drizzled with spicy citrus mayo. There is a little too much of mayo for me, but otherwise, decent.
Wild Mushroom Flatbread ($15) is a thin crust pizza topped with fontina cheese, caramelized onion, baby arugula, and truffle oil. This vegetarian offering is lovely, and I like how the truffle oil does not overwhelm.
Brunch items – served on Saturdays and Sundays only – include a stellar Crabcake Benedict ($17.50) with chunks of real crab on toasted focaccia with perfectly poached eggs, asparagus, and Cajun lobster sauce. There are no fillers here, only plump crabmeat, so in reality, it is not so much a crabcake, as it is a mound of crab over your eggs Benedict.
I’m totally into fried chicken and the Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles ($17.50) does not disappoint. Adding thick cut hickory smoked bacon to this dish might be a bit of an overkill, but who says no to bacon, right? If you are addicted to spicy foods, then definitely drizzle some of the maple syrup on your chicken and waffles because there is a kick to it.
Chicken Fried Steak & Eggs ($17.50) is a little heavy for me, but those of you who love this sort of thing should definitely order it. A whopping portion of battered steak smothered in chorizo gravy topped with sunny side up eggs, is served with biscuit. It will definitely put you into a food coma, but I really enjoyed the chorizo gravy!
If you have a sweet tooth, there is Red Velvet Belgian Waffle ($14) drizzled with whipped vanilla bean spiked cream cheese sauce, accompanied with fresh strawberries, and thick cut hickory smoked bacon.
However, I much preferred the Bananas Foster French Toast ($13.50) which isn’t overly sweet even with the banana rum sauce. Take a piece of the thick cut hickory smoked bacon and eat it together for a salty sweet bite.
The brunch items are good, especially the crabcake Benedict, chicken and waffles, and banana Foster French toast. I am also a fan of Bloody Marys and the one here is solid. Brunch starts at 11am on weekends and reservations are recommended.
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Del Frisco Grille
772 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618