Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House has come into the area in a big way, with an emphasis on the big. The new restaurant on International Drive is huge.
Technically, that should read that Del Frisco’s has returned to the area. The restaurant on Orlando’s Lee Road now known as Christner’s Prime Steak & Lobster was previously Del Frisco’s Prime Steak & Lobster. Anyone who doesn’t already know the story behind the Del Frisco’s/Christner’s switchover can read about it here.
In my mind, the Double Eagle brand is new to Orlando, so I’m counting it as a newcomer. A welcome one, too.
My guest and I started our meat-centric meal with appetizers of Short Rib Dumplings and Thick-cut Bacon au Poivre. The dumplings were delicate pasta pockets with well-braised meat inside. They were covered with French onion jus with bits of onion (can’t attest to their Frenchness) and graced with a bit of horseradish cream. Delicious.
I’m not sure how to properly describe the thick-cut bacon. This was not the sort of thick rashers you find packaged in the refrigerated case at the grocery store. This was more like the slab of meat you’d find in a butcher shop that would then be cut into individual slices. This thing had to be a half inch thick. It was as tender as pork belly, which technically is what it was, and covered with glaze fashioned out of bourbon and molasses, so it was sort of like a boozy pancake syrup. The peppercorns were a nice counterpoint to the sweetness.
I chose the Bone-in Ribeye (pictured at top) for my entree, and it was a perfectly cooked massive bit of meat, well seasoned with that distinctive Del Frisco’s rub and it had a beautiful bright red inside.
Unfortunately, my friend’s New York Strip came out a bit beyond the requested medium-rare. (The steaks here are cooked under superhot broilers instead of over open flames.) But it wasn’t so overcooked that it couldn’t be enjoyed, and so we declined the waiter’s offer to have another one cooked to the appropriate temperature.
But when we were finished with our meal, another steak was brought out then packaged to go for another meal. I can tell you that it made some of the yummiest — and most expensive — hash.
When I say the place is big I mean immense. The downstairs main dining room is voluminous and wide open. I’m sure they’ll be able to handle the many conventioneers who will undoubtedly flock to the restaurant. Here’s an insider’s tip: Though also big, the upstairs area is a bit more intimate (there’s a separate bar there, too.)
Tables are bare topped with simple placemats. To cover all those tables with cloths would require a linen service working around the clock, I’m sure. When I visited the recently opened steakhouse, the serving staff still had trainers working with them who had been brought in from other Double Eagles from around the country, so service was first rate.
Del Frisco’s should do well in its new location, even with competition from the Capital Grille across the street. It has good name recognition and a fine reputation, one that fared well under the good stewardship of the Christners for so many years.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is at 9150 International Drive, Orlando. It is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner daily. The phone number is 407-351-5074.