Before last week, I was only familiar with Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. The upscale steakhouse chain is well-known, upscale, and always on-point. And then I discovered the “other” Del Frisco’s concept, Del Frisco’s Grille. This more family friendly concept has recently opened locations in Chestnut Hill and Burlington, MA., and I was excited to head north to Burlington to test out the newest location. The menu at Del Frisco’s Grille has a wider ranged, and is more affordable, than the Double Eagle. Walking into the Grille was a completely different experience than the Double Eagle. There were families enjoying dinner, two patios where friends were meeting out, and a lively buzz in the air. The open concept kitchen with neon lights making sure that they “do right and feed every man”, gives the restaurant a sense of fun in place of the Double Eagle’s more serious, high-class business vibe. I was specifically at Del Frisco’s to try the “Triple Treat“. A combo including the Grille Prime Cheeseburger, your choice of original, sea salt parmesan or sweet potato fries, and a boozy milkshake to top it all off. But I was surprised to see the Triple Treat wasn’t even on the Grille’s menu. So that means the Triple Treat is a semi-secret menu item…which makes it even better!!! (Note – You can find info on the Triple Treat in a hidden spot of the Grille’s website, and on their Facebook page).
But we didn’t want to dive right in to the main event. I ordered up The VIP, which is “sweet Hawaiian pineapple infused Svedka Clementine Vodka”…with a twist ($10.50). The drink was almost too smooth and delicious. I used the little bit of restraint I had not to order a second.
However, we did not restrain ourselves from an appetizer. All of the options on the flatbread menu looked inviting, but we went with the Roasted Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato ($12). The flatbread was, for lack of a better word, delicious. The crust was thin and crispy…but not too crispy. The tomatoes and the fresh basil were both aromatic and the perfect addition.
But now, it was time for the main event….the Triple Treat ($19.95)! The meal came on a cafeteria style tray, with all of the elements in their assigned position, plus the cutest mini bottle of ketchup you have ever seen. Just don’t ask if you can take the ketchup home, it’s the only time you will hear their staff tell you no. Let’s start with the burger. The Grille Prime Cheeseburger has two patties, lettuce, tomato, sloppy sauce and pickles. The patties were similar to “smashburger style”, but still thick enough to get a nice char on the outside and hold a warm pink glow in the middle. You could taste the quality of the meat, and the salt was just enough. I was worried about the “sloppy sauce”, but the fear was unfounded. This sauce was a light compliment that just blended in to the overall flavor of the burger. Served on a well grilled brioche bun, if I were pressed to find a problem with this burger it would be the pickles. While the sweet pickles taste homemade, and are quite good, the crunchy salt of a dill was really missing for me on this burger….but I am nitpicking here, this is a really good burger.
The fries were also well above average. These hand-cut potatoes were treated perfectly to create a crispy outside and a soft inside….just as they should be! We had the option of original, sea salt parmesan or sweet potato fries. I chose the parmesan and was a little sad to taste that the parmesan flavor was barely present. They were great fries, but didn’t really deserve the parmesan descriptor.
The Triple Treat is topped of with an “Adult Milkshake” (I like to call them boozy milkshakes). Made with Nocello Walnut Liqueur, Creme de Cacao Chocolate Liqueur and Vanilla Ice Cream, this milkshake certainly did NOT skimp on the boozy. It was topped with a whipped cream that seemed to be half frozen….which made it even better! The whole thing was decadently satisfying. The bottom line, for $19.95 the Triple Treat is not a name built on pure hyperbole. It is an accurate descriptor. And only 3 months after their opening, the Burlington Del Frisco’s Grille is executing their food and service close to flawlessly. It’s a great addition to the otherwise pretty generic Burlington Mall area. I give it two enthusiastic thumbs up!
The Burlington Del Frisco’s Grill is located at 92 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA. 781-365-2005.
Disclaimer: Our food was provided free of charge. We paid for our drinks and tips. As always, all opinions are all mine.
Burlington, MA 01803