Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Midday, this handsome yet relaxed steakhouse draws a power-lunch crowd; evening brings folks ready to let their hair down, especially on the breezy second-level terrace. Service is smooth, and both inside and out, there’s a sweeping view of the upscale area where Uptown nears downtown. Red-meat aficionados won’t be disappointed, whether ordering ribeyes or pricey dry-aged Wagyu. More-interesting options, like charred octopus and seared Hudson Valley foie gras with strawberry balsamic, are handled with equal aplomb. We started with the octopus: a tender char-grilled tentacle served with a side of creamy gigante beans in a simple tomato sauce dotted with capers and a smidgen of olives; a tangle of arugula dressed in a lemon–olive oil vinaigrette added a fresh element. Del’s Salad, a staid but tasty classic with tomatoes and crisp bacon slices, was big enough to share, and the kitchen gladly plated it for two. A sixteen-ounce Prime ribeye, perfectly cooked to order, was well marbled, tender, and satisfying. A generous side of roasted brussels sprouts held thick lardons of smoked bacon and loads of lemon butter; the occasional crispy outer leaves left us wishing the crisp-tender sprouts had roasted longer, for more caramelization. Although there’s a reasonably priced two-course business lunch, we indulged in a juicy cheeseburger with bacon on a second visit, with no regrets. Save room for the luscious four-layer lemon cake, which could feed a table of four.