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Capri Eagle Rock-post Kitchen Nightmares


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Capri Eagle Rock-post Kitchen Nightmares

Layne Murphy | | Feb 12, 2011 02:57 PM

Even though it's close to the house due to a huge service gaffe a few years ago Capri had been near the top of the "never agaiin" list. The joint was recently remade on Kitchen Nightmares and my teen son convinced me to check it out for lunch. Interestingly, there was a big line outside of what I feel is the hugely overrated Auntie Em's two doors down and we were the only diners at Capri. They have a lunch special which is salad and either lasagne and pizza. The regular menu is greatly reduced and extensively modernized. There was no other pasta ready although the waiter did offer to see if the cook could scrape some up. I wasn't hugely hungry so we decided we'd share the $15 lunch special. They were very happy to make a vegetarian version of the salad and modify the pizza as well. The cook and waiter were genuinely friendly. My kid said the new decor sort of looks like a barbecue joint and I actually missed the funky old school former look. They've got chairs with muslin covers, plastic table cloths and the walls are decorated with empty picture frames. On the show they always have this huge build up when the owners enter the restaurant after Ramsey's grand makeover, go all gaga and blubber. The show airs in March and I can't imagine the owners on this particular episode responding with much more than a "meh." That said, the food is enormously improved and we'll definitely go back. They should indicate on the menu that the $15 lunch easily feeds two. Actually, we took the leftovers home and fed the other hungry teenage boy. The ginormous salad was really nice with roasted fresh artichoke hearts and not over dressed. The pizza was super thin crust and perfectly cooked. My only issue was that it had fresh tomatoes of the flavorless commercial variety but the regular menu has a number of really interesting sounding pizzas so the bland tomatoes are easily avoidable. The iced tea was freshly brewed and eagerly refilled. The show is really formulaic and Ramsey's buffoonery makes it a guilty pleasure but in all fairness, the fare at Capri is tremendously improved and we wish the twins well.

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