Two words that don’t often go hand in hand in my weekend itinerary are “Hoboken” and “brunch.” But recently, as our friends have started having babies and moving to a more safe and landlocked version of the city, we’ve been getting pretty familiar with the Path.
When Del Frisco’s Grille reached out to Bitches Who Brunch and invited us in for a meal, instead of scrunching my face at the thought of leaving my Manhattan bubble, we jumped at the opportunity to visit our friends “across the pond.”
We walked in and immediately commented on the large size and space in the restaurant; this wasn’t the overstuffed brunch bustle we were used to. It was calm and quiet despite the tables being full, which was a nice change of pace.
Our waiter was full of suggestions, which was helpful with such a large menu. We started with the cheesesteak egg rolls, served with sweet spicy chili sauce and honey mustard. I’ve never seen this on a menu before and it was so delicious.
I’m off drinking for the minute and was sad to pass up the build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, but the boys opted for “Man-Mosas” (their own invention) – Blue Moon, Champagne, and OJ.
Us ladies ordered lattes, which were served European-style in tall glasses and hit the spot.
With our drink orders placed, we were ready to order. My friend Kyle selected the crab cake Benedict with poached eggs, asparagus, toasted focaccia and cajun lobster sauce. It was full of flavor without having a strong seafood taste, and the sauce was rich without being overbearing.
I opted for the grille Benedict with poached eggs, thin-sliced French ham, scallion and white cheddar biscuits, and chipotle hollandaise. The biscuits were fluffy and flavorful and I loved the spicy sauce.
Adriana ordered the red velvet Belgian waffle with whipped vanilla bean-spiked cream cheese with thick-cut hickory-smoked bacon. This satisfied her sweet tooth and we all enjoyed stealing bites of her breakfast dessert.
Paul couldn’t resist the Southern fried chicken and waffles with spicy maple syrup and thick-cut hickory smoked bacon. We loved the addition of bacon with the waffles, the chicken was cooked to perfection, and the kick in the syrup was a great spin to this Southern brunch classic.
If all that wasn’t enough, we also ordered the bananas Foster French toast with banana rum sauce and thick-cut hickory smoked bacon. I was way too full to enjoy this, and it was sopped in a bit too much sauce for my liking, but it didn’t damper the rest of the brunch for us.
The Bitches say: A. I was hesitant to brunch at such a widely-known restaurant chain, but Del Frisco’s far exceeded my expectations. The staff was friendly and the brunch was innovative and delicious.
Del Frisco’s Grille
221 River St.
Del Friscos serves brunch on Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.