Really, it was lunch for dinner, which meant there there were cocktails, like my Del Frisco’s favorite, the VIP. On a steamy night last week, a few Boston bloggers and I were treated to some of Del Frisco’s latest lunch menu items. As opposed to some dinner entrees, like big cuts of meat and sides, lunch dishes are lighter and much quicker to prepare. We learned that most of the lunch items can be made in about 10 minutes, making Del Frisco’s a great option for a work week lunch or business meeting.
But first, cocktails on the deck, overlooking the harbor. . .
How can you say no to lunch with views like this?!
Once we were seated for lunch for dinner, we got a chance to check out the menu for the evening. Four smaller portions of some of Del Frisco’s favorite lunch items made for a VERY filling dinner.
Seared Ahi Tuna Salad (shaved Napa cabbage, arugula, mango, chilled noodles, toasted almonds, tomato, avocado, ginger-sesame dressing)
This, in my mind is the perfect dish. It’s the type of meal I could eat starting at brunch, all the way through late-night and never get tired of it. My appetite lately has been strange, much like that of a 19 year old frat boy. Really, I have been wanting carbs, cheese, and salt in every possible form: pizza, fries, chips. That’s about it. This salad did its part in reawakening my love for fresh foods and flavors that pop. Simply delicious.
Spaghettini (garlic shrimp, plum tomato, basil, and lemon zest)
This dish ended up being my favorite, I guess because the abovementioned food cravings. I loved that, although it was a pasta dish, it was still very light and full of flavor from the shrimp. The tomato also gave it a nice acidity. As you can see, I cleaned my plate. (I’m not that messy though, I did share mine with my neighbor.)
Steakhouse Salad (broiled prime strip steak, deviled egg, baby mixed greens, watercress, avocado, cherry tomato, bacon, parmesan, blue cheese and horseradish lemon dressing)
It really doesn’t get much better than this. I even had a few bites of the perfectly cooked steak, which matched up great with crisp greens, tangy blue cheese, and avocado. But the deviled egg?! Who thought of this genius? I have never had a salad with a deviled egg before, but I think it needs to become a standard salad topping.
Orrechiette (grilled chicken breast, baby spinach, and roasted garlic parmesan cream)
By the time this creamy, decadent plate of little pasta arrived, I was just about full. I managed a few bites noticing in particular, the grilled flavor of the chicken, which I loved, and the garlicky cream sauce. This dish, for me, would be perfect in a few months, when the temperatures start dropping and there’s a need for something cozy.
It was fun to have the opportunity to try so many delicious lunch dishes all in one meal. Del Frisco’s is open for lunch Monday-Friday 11:30-4:00, and their lunch menu is impressive and quick, if you need it to be. I could see lunch at Del Frisco’s being the perfect mid-day treat on a day off in Boston too.
What’s your lunch style? Do you go out to eat, bring food to eat at your desk?
As this was a media event, Del Frisco’s kindly provided our meals at no charge, but as always, my opinions are my own.