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Del Frisco’s Grille’s Updated Brunch Is a John Hughes Movie

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Anne Marie Panoringan – June 18, 2018

Sometimes a movie title has very little to do with the film, other than a casual reference. As we recovered from our weekend feast at Del Frisco’s Grille, we made our own connection between brunch and a Saturday-morning breakfast back in ’84. Did we mention we love John Hughes’ high-school-set movies?

a plate of food

Pretty in salmon. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

The Princess/Claire Standish: Smoked Salmon Tower

This dish is deconstructed perfection: “Everything” caper cream cheese, NYC bagels (cream cheese and bagels found on the lower tower), cucumber, red onion and dill. The upscale Foley’s smoked salmon is what refines it. Both Claire and this tower are beauties with depth, but you wouldn’t know it at first glance.

a plate of food with broccoli

So fresh, so green. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

The Nerd/Brian Johnson: Greens & Grains Bowl

Mr. Gluten-Free abides by clean eating with charred broccoli, golden beets, avocado and quinoa. Yet he’ll find balance with dried cranberries and sweet basil dressing. Maybe a little too “by the book” for some, but give Brian’s dish a chance. He’s also worth getting to know.

a plate of food

Damn, son! Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

The Athlete/Andrew Clark: Braised Short Rib Hash

Meat and potatoes are what Andrew the wrestler needs to keep up his strength. Bearnaise and Bordelaise sauces mean he can hold his own. Give a tutorial on proper yolk etiquette, and he’ll be fine . . . we think.

a bowl of food

Leftover goals. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

The Basket Case/Allison Reynolds: Nonna’s Cinnamon Rolls

Ally Sheedy is a scene stealer in this film. There, we said it. And if there’s one dish you should pack up and take with you, it’s the one with bourbon-espresso caramel sauce. Ally (the character, not the actress) would totally find a way to hide one in her purse, platter and all.

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Our yin and yang. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

The Criminal/John Bender: Eggs in Purgatory

Roasted tomato-pepper sauce gives this bad boy heat, like Bender and his temper. And while we’re not in the mood to expand on possible religious connotations, what you should know is that the avocado-topped flatbread is gluten-free. Feta and lemon vinaigrette manage to tame the spice. Tread carefully, though. This dish in particular needs some TLC to navigate.

a bowl of oranges on a table

Speak softly. Photo by Anne Marie Panoringan

Assistant Principal Dick Richard Vernon: Fruit & Flowers

Ah, yes, Vernon. He just wants to assert ego and power. However, we believe he can be found at the bar ordering something refreshing and sugary when nobody’s watching. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, grapefruit soda, St-Germain and Monin blueberry are calling his name. Even jerks like him need a go-to drink.

Anne Marie Panoringan

A contributing writer for OC Weekly, Anne Marie freelances for multiple online and print publications, and guest judges for culinary competitions. A Bay Area transplant, she graduated with a degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona. Find her on Instagram as brekkiefan.


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