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Eats Beat: In Southlake, it’s happy new Del’s

Posted 3:01pm on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

New Year’s must be the worst week to open a brand-new restaurant.

Or the best.

In the case of Del Frisco’s Grille in Southlake, it’s a chance to break in a new location and staff on a busy night, then run its first brunch on New Year’s Day.

“The holidays are prime time in the [Southlake Town] Square,” said general manager Sabrina Scully, a longtime Sullivan’s manager who opened the Dallas Del’s location two years ago.

“We get a lot of exposure on this corner and the upstairs patio has a view. We want to be the neighborhood restaurant.”

Chef Aaron Henschen also helped open the Dallas grill. His special menu for Southlake adds a barbecue brisket-jalapeño flatbread and a deluxe fried chicken sandwich.

In Dallas, Del Frisco’s Grille has an appetizer hummus plate. In Southlake: fresh guacamole.

“I think we’ll serve more steaks here, and we know we need a good kids’ menu,” Henschen said this week.

The new Grille will open Monday night and be open Tuesday with off-menu New Year’s Eve dinner specials, then serve its first brunch Wednesday on New Year’s Day.

The brunch menu includes chicken and waffles, crab cake eggs Benedict, a green chile pork burrito, and a red velvet Belgian waffle with bacon.

Del Frisco’s Grille is at 1200 E. Southlake Blvd., 817-410-3777; delfriscosgrille.com/southlake.

• For New Year’s, dine someplace new.

Clay Pigeon Food & Drink will serve a four-course dinner with a choice of lobster, duck or venison for $80; 2731 White Settlement Road, 817-882-8065, claypigeonfd.com.

Sera Dining & Wine will serve four courses featuring a choice of rack of lamb, lobster or mushroom risotto; $75, 2418 Forest Park Blvd., 817-927-7372, facebook.com/SeraFW.

Bird Cafe will serve a couple of specials plus its regular menu of pub food and platters; 155 E. Fourth St., 817-332-2473, birdinthe.net.

Max’s Wine Dive promises a “Gatsby-inspired” 1920s menu of Waldorf salad and lobster thermidor or beef Wellington, plus baked Alaska; 2421 W. Seventh St., 817-870-1100, maxswinedive.com/fort-worth-west-7th-st.

Waters Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine is serving its regular menu; 2901 W. Crockett St., 817-984-1110, waterstexas.com.

Pacific Table will serve its regular menu; 1600 S. University Drive, Suite 601, 817-887-9995, pacifictableftworth.com.

Citrus Bistro in Colleyville will offer a four-course dinner with choices such as rack of lamb, sea bass and redfish; 5005 Colleyville Blvd., 817-281-6282, citrusbistro.com.

Prime Grille & Sidebar in Mansfield will stick to its regular menu; 2300 Matlock Road, 817-405-2980, primemansfield.com.

In Dallas, Tim Love’s new collaboration Barter will serve a la carte specials such as a boar chop, salmon crudo and a bone-in rib-eye; 3232 McKinney Ave., 214-969-6898, barter uptown.com.

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