Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, May 19, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 19, 2018 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


Living in Pasadena the past forty-plus years I have seen many 
restaurants come and go. Some should have gone, but others, 
I felt, put real effort into the craft. I can’t believe the influx of 
steakhouses to our fair city. But, I am here to tell you I love a 
good steak , and one of the best for my dollar is Del Frisco’s Grille 
on Lake. Pasadena might rival only Chicago as the steak capital 
of the world. Del Frisco’s is related to the Double Eagle Grille in 
Las Vegas where they have built their reputation on a menu that 
features all prime beef.

 What they have going here is a great location, an incredible 
wine list, and a top-notch filet mignon. My assignment was to 
enjoy pairing of fine wines with Del Frisco’s popular menu, aided 
by Del Frisco’s own sommelier – a fun way to go if the restaurant 
has a sommelier. My dinner started with the ahi tuna tartare with 
avocado and a spicy citrus mayo. Ahi tuna tacos have become 
a popular appetizer in restaurants and I had these paired with 
a Paco & Lalo white wine, one of the most popular wines from 
the region of Rias Baixas in Spain. I’ve never been to Spain, but 
when I go I’ll visit this wine region for sure. Next in the adventure 
was the kale quinoa salad, which was spectacular and went very 
well with my taste of Flora Springs Chardonnay. Finally came the 
reason for our review: the steak – a generous eight-ounce filet mignon with a side of truffled mac and cheese. 
If you’ve heard my radio show, you know I often talk about steaks and my contention that I can make a great 
steak at home. This one is as good as it gets, and I paired it with a wine that I reviewed recently - the Decoy 
Cabernet Sauvignon. But wait! There’s more! The night was completed with their coconut cream pie. This 
was so good we went back the next night and got it to go.

 One more note: their crab cake is one of the best I’ve had, and that’s saying a lot. No matter the price, 
when I see the crab cake on the menu, it’s ordered.

 Del Frisco’s Grille 55 S. Lake Pasadena (626) 765-9913

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