Earlier this week, we took at look at the early word on Dallas import Del Frisco's Grille, and now Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema has weighed in with a rather tough First Bite column which he later revealed is based upon two not-so-good visits. Of what he dubbed "[a]n unfortunate (and LOUD) replacement for Les Halles," the critic writes about some "awful art" and misses on the menu:
The surf-and-turf import from the Lone Star State manages to touch on a lot of wishes without mastering many. Oysters on the half shell are so scrawny and tired, we leave half of them on their bed of ice. A mash of black-eyed peas with a fan of tasteless crackers and vinegar-soaked vegetables goes back to the kitchen largely untouched.
That said, Sietsema likes the tuna tacos, schnitzel, lemon cake and perhaps the enthusiasm of the waitstaff — aside from those "who relentlessly push designer water and appetizers," of course. In his online chat, he offers some further damning-by-faint-praise: Del Frisco's is "probably fine" for just drinks and it's a spot where Sietsema "can see a family having a good time after a day at the Mall." And all this before he even drops a formal review.
[Photo: R. Lopez]