Day of the Week: Wednesday, 5/22
Total Bill: $146.59 (before tip)
Breakdown: 4 appetizers, 1 salad, 2 sides, 1 cocktail, 1 glass of wine, 1 dessert, 1 cappuccino
Verdict: We want to be regulars here.
After visiting The Capital Grille on our Dishcrawl, we were eager to go back. Hubby hadn’t eaten a meal there in about 10 years; I had never eaten there before Dishcrawl. Hubby was at Cigar City stalking barrel-aged Hunahpu this particular evening and I was on my back from Pinellas County; over the phone, we decided to meet at Capital Grille for a late dinner.
I got there first about 9 o’clock and got us a comfy table in their gorgeous lounge. Hubby arrived a few minutes later and we ordered our first round: a grapefruit buck for me ($10) and a glass of Hess Collection chardonnay for him ($13). Little did I know Hubby was STARVING. I was planning to order a field greens salad and some tenderloin sliders but Hubby had other plans. We ended up ordering calamari ($13), chilled tuna ($19), lobster and crab sliders ($15), prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella ($16), truffle fries ($10), lobster mac and cheese ($16), and a wedge salad ($11), which Hubby had never had before but wanted to try because it had bacon on it (true story).
A little bit unfortunately, all the food came out at once. (Totally not our server’s fault – we told him “bring it when it’s ready.”) The table was just too small and it was a little awkward. So we just ate faster!
As soon as they set the fries down, we were in them and OMG they were SO GOOD. Possibly the best truffle fries we’ve ever had. (Hubby said when he reheated them the next day the truffle flavor was much more subdued but the fries were otherwise just as good.) The tuna, served with small cups of wasabi oil, white soy and ginger vinegar, was really fresh and seared rare. The calamari was crispy and very fresh. The lobster mac, just as awesome as at Dishcrawl, was served in a small cast iron skillet, which kept it very hot and creamy. I finally got to try the lobster crab sliders. Very tasty, just not something I would order (next time I’m getting the tenderloin sliders!). The prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella was my least favorite thing. I guess I’m not as much of a glutton as I thought; bacon-wrapped cheese turned out to be a little over the top for me. Hubby really enjoyed his wedge salad, which looked very fresh. He seemed particularly pleased with the blue cheese dressing (and bacon, of course).
Our server, Elvin, was very attentive. When our eyes had proven bigger than our stomachs, he took our plates away and boxed up all of our leftovers (four boxes, two bags), even labeling the boxes with their contents.
Hubby ordered the fresh strawberries Capital Grille (“strawberries, ice cream and our own Grand Marnier sauce,” $9) for dessert; I opted for a cappuccino ($5). My cappuccino was really awesome, and they get extra points for serving it with a rock candy swizzle stick (I have a rock candy obsession dating back to my childhood). Hubby pronounced his dessert the best strawberry-based dessert ever and gave me a bite, which, I must tell you, was really freakin’ awesome.
The Capital Grille is much less corporate than either of us expected. The restaurant is cozy, gorgeous, and makes you want to settle in for a while. The prices are comparable to The Palm but the atmosphere is several notches better. I prefer the food at Capital Grille, as well.
We agreed The Capital Grille is a place we’ll visit more often.