Brunch is the new “it” meal. Bevies of woman love it and line cooks can’t stand it . No matter how you may feel, Nashville brunch is here to stay. This boom has most definitely been noticed in Nashville with brunch now available not only on Sundays, but Saturdays. Del Frisco’s Grille, located in the Nashville Gulch area right off Demonbreun Street is a new player to the Brunch game. Located on prime real estate on the corner of Demonbreun and 12th Avenue South, with floor to ceiling windows, the bar beckoned to me like an island oasis.
My two soon-to-be friends were beaming from behind the bar: bartenders Fred and Elegance. Let me cut to the chase: these two have the all the right stuff and you, Nashville brunch lovers, need to know about them.
The White Peach Sangria caught my eye first. It’s a pristine concoction of Pinot Grigio, Peach Schnapps, White Peach Puree and a homemade Peach Popsicle with bits of peach scattered throughout the pop. This drink said Brunch Bitch! No matter the weather, this cocktail sets the tone and sets it right. Del Frisco’s not only blessed us with a white sangria but an equally tempting red sangria and? Wait for it… it comes in a carafe…. Yes . Can you say bridal shower #squadgoals ? YES, BABY! I wish I had bought a smoothie straw , because the sangria is summer is a glass. It was as if I was biting into a freshly ripe peach that had just spent the perfect amount of time on the window sill.
Now that I’m quite happy and singing tunes about sunshine to myself . I look on the menu for a great carbohydrate accouterments to pair with my peachy sunshine. The Red Velvet Waffle was screaming, “Pick me! Pick me!” so how could I say no? This Nashville brunch experience just got better.
I did, however, swap out the bacon for the home-made sausage. Del Frisco’s Grille prides its self on their recipes. Each menu item is made fresh every day and this breakfast sausage proves it. A large, free formed patty with whole spices dotted throughout and country flavor through and through. The red velvet waffle will take you back to holiday gatherings, which is the only time some of us would get a slice of homemade red velvet cake. The waffle was perfectly soft and fluffy on the inside with slightly crispy edges. The cream cheese glaze was the perfect sweet note, not cloying at all. This chick was officially vibing. Half way through, I gave in to my inner thick chick and made a sandwich with the waffle and sausage. That whole salty-sweet thing is real.
For my 3rd course I had to try their make your own Bloody Mary. This delight is served in a salt rimmed Collins glass along with a large plate of 9 different “toppings” varying from bacon to hot and spicy pickled beans. Giving the bruncher the ability to customize their Bloody Mary without trucking across the restaurant for an extra splash of hot sauce (I’m just being observant here) not only allowed for convenience but also comfort as treasure hunts during my boozy brunch are not what I’m into.
I was pretty stuffed at this point, but I was curious as to what their kid’s menu offered. I have kids and I’m pretty sure there are a lot of other parents that like to brunch with their kids that don’t include Waffle House or IHOP. No shade to either one, but sometimes Mommy juice is a need and not a want. Del Frisco’s offers a waffle, boneless chicken tenders and a grilled cheese on their kid’s menu. Here’s my pro-tip: you will have to ask for the kids’ items as they do not have a dedicated children’s menu. However, you can order some brunch items a la carte, like bacon, sausage, and eggs.
I finished my brunch-a-palooza with their hand breaded boneless chicken tender and a side of the Del Frisco’s chorizo gravy. I dipped that chicken into the gravy like it was a Lay’s chip nose diving into French onion dip. Not only is it better, but it has a higher protein content then the chip and dip. The chicken was tender, as if it had been brined. The coating was light and crispy and the gravy had that slight reddish tint from the fresh chorizo.
(I had to document my excellent dip action )
I know for some people change Is hard, But Del Frisco’s Grille in The Gulch is a welcome change. It will not disappoint and after you eat here you will wonder what took so dang long for them to get here.