Prime Time Cheeseburgers At Del Frisco’s Grille

Upscale casual restaurant majors in details

Thursday, January 15, 2015 | 7:37 am

The Grille Prime Cheeseburger at Del Fresco's Grille.

If Del Frisco’s Grille was a greasy spoon called “Del’s,” and they served their burgers on styrofoam plates, with fries wrapped in newspaper, and served with an Orange Fanta in a paper cup (“The Combo!”), they would still be a hit.

Alas, its burger, and a host of other dishes are served in a smart and elegant/casual location on tony Lake Avenue. Surrounded by a host of restaurants, this not-yet-two-month-old eatery stands out not only for its great food, but for its attention to detail.  From the furnishings to the flatware, there is a fine sense of quality and caring that has clearly gone into this Pasadena location.

It’s Cheeseburger Week, of course, and we were here for that, but we were tempted by the rest of the menu, so we indulged. A corn chowder was thick and rich, sweet with corn kernels and great gobs of crabmeat. My dining companion said the deviled eggs were some of the best ever, delighted with the truffle oil with just a touch of chives; what the menu calls a “truffle-chive vinaigrette.”

“None of that heavy mustard taste,” he remarked.

Okay. Stop. Bring on the cheeseburgers.

Del Frisco’s serves their Grille Prime Cheeseburger with double patties, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, Sloppy Sauce, and fries. You wanna talk details? The burger is served on a platter with the sandwich draped perfectly in a paper canopy, like the Cheeseburger is playing the Hollywood Bowl. The  thin-sliced fries come perfectly poured into a cylinder cone, fritte-style. Both come with a mini-ketchup squirter, about the size of your niece’s baby doll bottle.

The Sloppy Sauce served with the cheesburger is made up of  ”30 ingredients.” That’s all anyone is ever told, and thus, that will be  all you are told.

More details. The Midwest beef is ground on the premises, and the burger is stacked high with its fresh ingredients, so realistically, you’re gonna need to cut it in half. The steak knife offered is a perfect bit of machinery, again demonstrating how the tiniest parts make a better whole.

The service was startlingly attentive, with the food arriving like a Swiss train, and the remnants whisked away just as quickly. (Full Disclosure: the service staff knew who I was, and why I was there, but that doesn’t diminish the quality of the service one iota, as if I know what an iota is.)

There was dessert coming home with me in a bag. but there was none of the cheeseburger left, which is as life should be. And, for the record, we  don’t officially vote in Cheeseburger Week, but if we did, we might be seriously beating the bushes for votes for this candidate.

Del Frisco’s Grille is also participating in next week’s LA Restaurant Week, so maybe we will return. But for tonight, we dream of paper canopies and tiny ketchup squirt bottles.

Del Frisco Grille is at 55 S. Lake Ave., Suite 150, Pasadena. (626) 765-9913.





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