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Gluten Free options at Del Frisco’s Grille // Chestnut Hill

On Saturday I joined Blog and Tweet Boston for lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille, located at The Street in Chestnut Hill.  This past winter I visited Del Frisco’s Double Eagles Steak House in the Seaport and I was so impressed with the food, the gluten free options, and the service. So I was thrilled when I was invited to Del Frisco’s Grille with the Blog and Tweet group. I was excited to check out the Grille, and curious to see how the two compared to each other.

Although Chestnut Hill is completely different from the Seaport District location, the setting is somewhat familiar. You enter on the first floor and take an elevator or stairs to the restaurants, which are both on the second floor. Over looking Hammond Pond at The Street, the Chestnut Hill location is easy to get to from both the City and locations further north.

On the website, Del Frisco’s Grille is described as:

“Modern, inviting, stylish, and fun. Taking the classic bar and grill to new heights, Del Frisco’s Grille draws inspiration from bold flavors and market-fresh ingredients. The energetic bar, a destination in itself, creates a buzz throughout the restaurant and sets the stage for an amazing night out.”

The Chestnut Hill location features local favorites alongside new Del Frisco’s Grille classics that are easy to share with friends, as well as some of the Steak House staples. The menu is rounded out with a selection of prime steaks, hearty salads, formidable sandwiches and chef-inspired entrees. Gluten Free options are labeled on the menu, but there are many items not marked that can actually be done gluten free with a few modifications or substitutions.

When we arrived we were greeted with VIP’s, Del Frisco’s signature cocktail made with sweet Hawaiian pineapple-infused Svedka clementine vodka. It’s one of those drinks that’s so good you don’t even realize there’s alcohol in it. It goes down a little too easy!

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We started with a sampling of appetizers; ahi tuna lettuce wraps, deviled eggs, and crab cakes.

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The ahi tuna lettuce wraps were colorful, fresh, and bursting with flavor.  Made with tuna tartare, avocado, cilantro and a spicy citrus mayo.

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The deviled eggs made with pickle and mustard and topped with truffle-chive vinaigrette, are unlike any deviled egg I’ve ever tried. I don’t eat deviled eggs but I sure did enjoy these.

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The jumbo lump crab cakes are not gluten free but the chef was kind enough to make me a gluten free crab cake, made with 100% fresh lump crabmeat. It was delicious.

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The featured wine at our luncheon was the house Cabernet Sauvignon by Ferrari-Carano (2011). Coming from mountain-grown fruit in Alexander Valley, this velvety Cabernet Sauvignon boasts flavors of mocha, black tea, wild berry and clove with a caramel and chocolate finish. It was the perfect complement to our main course dishes.

The seared Asian tuna salad with shaved Napa cabbage, arugula, mango, toasted almonds, tomato, avocado, minus the dressing, is one of my all time favorite salads. Del Frisco’s Steak House also serves this same salad, and the one at the Grille was just as good.

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One of the most popular dishes on the menu is Prime Beef Short Rib Stroganoff with pappardelle noodles. The noodles are not gluten free, and unfortunately they do not have gluten free pasta, but the short ribs and marinade are gluten free. You can substitute the noodles with garlic mashed potatoes. The beef was flavorful, and so tender that it just melted in my mouth.

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The last dish we tried was the 12oz filet Mignon sliced thinly.

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All items are made to order so if there is something you want, don’t hesitate to ask if it can be modified or altered to be gluten free. It is easy for them to leave off a sauce or substitute sides.

There are twelve Del Frisco’s Grilles across the country, including one in Burlington, MA. And while the Steak House is a great place to go for a special night out, the Grille felt like the kind of place you could go any time, or somewhere to grab a bite post shopping or before seeing a movie. Del Frisco’s Grille embodies the tradition of the classic American steak house, serving hand-cut USDA prime beef and seafood, as well as an array of mouthwatering appetizers and side dishes. Del Frisco’s Grille is a lovely place to enjoy lunch during the weekdays, brunch on the weekends, or dinner throughout the week.

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Disclaimer: I received lunch free of charge, with the exception of gratuity, which we happily paid for the great service. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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Jessica

I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while trying to NOT eat gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.

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