We started out with fresh breads which were definitely tasty. The rolls were better than the flatbread and the butter – soft & salty! (Just how I like it!)
The restaurant is definitely on the “fancy” side – we were sitting by a row of windows near the bar area and it was bright and comfortable.
While they are known for their steaks – they also have a great lunch menu and have recently introduced three new burgers that they wanted me to try out. Um – free burgers – I’ll be there in five minutes! 🙂
We started with the Kona Crusted Wagyu Burger – it’s a fairly basic burger. I decided to Google a little to figure out what the burger really is – Kona Crusted refers to encrusting the burger with Kona coffee and the Wagyu is a Japanese cow that is genetically predisposed to marbling. The burger itself was good – fairly plain – but a solid burger.
Their burgers are traditionally served with truffle fries – and by truffle fries – I mean truffle oil. I’m just not a fan – it’s got a very strong smell and flavor that I do not care for. Many of the “big” chefs think the same – Anthony Bourdain has a severe disdain for it as he mentioned on The Taste this past season, “Let it be stated here, unto forever and eternity, truffle oil is not food.” I felt so fancy when he said that because I agreed! 🙂 That said, the fries that weren’t too strong with it were great – very crispy.
Next up was the Wild Mushroom burger – and seriously – they had me at mushroom and balsamic. This burger was really great! I would get this burger again in a heart beat.
The bartender was our server (he was fantastic) and he didn’t want us to just have the fries – so he gave us different sides with each burger. This time was fresh asparagus with a grilled lemon. The asparagus was great as well. I definitely enjoyed this whole plate.
Lastly we tried the Bearnaise burger – this was one that we just knew was going to be eaten with knife & fork – which was fine. I’m a huge fan of crab meat – so I was looking forward to this and was not disappointed. The crab was light and sweet and the sauce was rich and creamy – it all balanced well with the delicious burger. If you’re a crab fan – this is the burger for you.
For our side – we had the watermelon & feta salad – this was really great. It was so light and refreshing and paired well with the fairly heavy burger.
Why Should You Go? All in all – we really enjoyed our experience at Capital Grille. It’s very nice and would be great for a business meal or a special dinner with friends & loved ones. The service was fantastic and the food met up to our expectations. I’m not sure I’d say it’s my favorite burger in town – but I did enjoy it and am definitely hoping to go back!
Disclosure: Capital Grille provided this meal free of charge but all opinions are my own.