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Eats Beat: Del Frisco’s by day, only in December

Side dishes at Del Frisco’s.
Side dishes at Del Frisco’s. Star-Telegram

In 20 years as Fort Worth’s leading steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle has conquered all markets.

Except one: lunch.

But Del Frisco’s might be working on that. The chain’s annual December lunches begin Wednesday with the most extensive midday menu the company has ever offered in Fort Worth.

Del Frisco’s lunch is a way of life in most of the company’s downtown locations. But it only happens here every December, when families and shoppers are out and about and when office celebrations help fill the dining room.

It’s the only time you can eat a Del Frisco’s filet mignon platter with salad and side for $27, or a prime steak salad for $18.50.

The popular Del’s bar-menu prime cheeseburger is available throughout the restaurant for $15, and the menu also has lighter dishes such as a chicken-spinach pasta, a chicken Caesar and daily seafood specials.

If it’s a warm day, dine on the balcony overlooking workday downtown Fort Worth.

Del Frisco’s will serve lunch only nine days: Dec. 2-4, Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18.

This is the last week to buy the Southlake-based company’s Cyberweek gift card special: an extra $20 for every $100 or an extra $150 on $500, like dining for 20 percent to 30 percent off.

Del Frisco’s also continues a $55 surf-and-turf special Sundays.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle is at 812 Main St.; 817-877-3999, delfriscos.com.

I should point out that The Capital Grille in the same block is open for lunch weekdays year-round.

Capital Grille recently expanded its lunch menu to offer a choice of six burgers, from the Florida-based chain’s signature bacon-onion burger to Wagyu burgers topped with egg, mushroom or Gorgonzola ($17-$19).

There’s also a wide choice of salads or lighter plates, or the steaks from the dinner menu.

The Capital Grille, owned by the same company as Eddie V’s and several mundane chain restaurants, is open daily at 800 Main St., 817-348-9200, thecapitalgrille.com.

Santa at the M & O

Also in December: Santa comes to Leonard’s.

That is, Santa comes to the Leonard’s Department Store Museum and the adjacent M&O Station Grill on Fort Worth.

On Dec. 12 and Dec. 19, the small museum will host Santa and offer free photos for kids just like in the 1950s and 1960s days of the long-gone downtown Fort Worth retail-grocery-auto garden giant, remembered now as the world’s original supercenter.

The restaurant next door is known for old-school Texas chili con carne and a variety of familiar and artisan burgers, along with sandwiches and sides.

The M&O is open weekdays and Saturdays for lunch and dinner at 200 Carroll St., 817-882-8020, bestburgerfortworth.com. For the museum, call 817-336-9111.

Favoring Arlington

As of Wednesday, the home-delivery food service Favor is expanding to Arlington along with Dallas and Fort Worth.

The company is promoting “Torchy’s Tacos at the touch of a button,” but every restaurant is available through the app-based order system.

Favor beat Uber Eats to the Fort Worth and Arlington markets, but that app-based service is also delivering at lunchtime in central north Dallas.

Tamales to go

One of the great innovations of the 21st century is the availability of 24-hour drive-through tamales.

The San Antonio-based Taco Cabana chain has added them this year, offering red-chile pork or green-chile chicken tamales at three for $3.99.

The green-chile chicken tamales have been more successful than the pork tamales, which seem to dry out. All the tamales are made by San Antonio-based Tamahli, which sells them online for $13.99 per dozen (tamahli.com).

Dallas-based Taco Bueno is also selling pork tamales.

Bud Kennedy: 817-390-7538, bud@star-telegram.com, @EatsBeat. His column appears Wednesdays in Life & Arts and Fridays in DFW.com.

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