Neckties, macaroni art, handmade cards, homemade meals – for many fathers, nothing beats it. There are a few people putting on finishing touches to Plano’s Del Frisco’s Grille who believe Father’s Day could be enhanced with a trip to their restaurant.
Del Frisco’s is known for high-quality steak and upscale renditions of classic American favorites, taking influences from ethnic food. Del Frisco’s at the Shops at Legacy is planning to introduce the locals to their casual fine dining by perfecting their core menu and bringing in touches of the city.
“I do know we’re definitely trying to get some of the locally based beers,” said Brian Sorley, chef at Del Frisco’s. “In terms of ingredients we can get locally, it’s all going to depend on what’s made available for us. I know some of it will be the local bakeries. We want to embrace that rather than having it brought in from elsewhere.”
Since opening in Dallas in 2011, the restaurant pushed innovation and creativity, which is reflected in the differing décor from one location to the nex,t as well as slightly differing menus. Even the core menu suggests a need to infuse fun and lightheartedness to seemingly uber adult menu items, such as sangria.
To keep each glass cold, the bartenders place a frozen ice pop of sangria in each glass.
“We want to take fine dining to an everyday experience,” said Stephen Wright, general manager at Del Frisco’s. “It’s sort of a ‘loosen the tie’ experience.”
For this reason, he believes that this will be the perfect restaurant for people to bring their fathers for their day.
Both Sorley and Wright believe choosing the right Father’s Day meal is about understanding what dads like.
“I would want to know what connections you have with your father,” Wright said. “Is it fishing on a lake or barbecuing with your dad? I don’t believe in the pre fixe menu idea. I believe who you are should be reflected in the food that you eat.”
Growing up in a Cajun family, his culture and memories shaped his experiences and he feels that’s important to take into consideration when choosing a Father’s Day meal.
“As I became older, I enjoyed finally using the grill,” Sorley said. “Watching your dad work hard for an entire year, it’s great being able to give something to him. I can remember doing burgers, pork chops and steaks on the grill. It was great seeing him being able to enjoy that on that day. I felt proud to give him that.”
His fond memories of Father’s Day meals with his dad shaped his suggestions on the Del Frisco’s menu.
Sorley feels that guests can’t go wrong with their take on familiar foods such as the Grille Prime Cheeseburger or the Simply Roasted Chicken.
Del Frisco’s will be open from 3- 10 p.m. beginning June 21.