Had a wonderful lunch at the Capital Grille at the Fashion Show mall yesterday after doing some shopping. Went late so it was uncrowded and we got a terrific window seat at the corner of the room. The restaurant has a clubby feel; lots of polished wood, bronze sculptures and portraits of old timey movie stars on the wall.
My friend started out with a Pale Ale (sorry, can't remember the name of it; I had never seen it and it came in an oversized, distinctive old-fashioned looking bottle). I had a sip and it was full flavored and delicious. I stuck with the Lohr Sauvignon blanc, which was on special ($8 a glass).
Our outstanding server Amy started us off with a basket of flat bread and wonderful seeded rolls -- warm and crusty. When the bread is that good, you are usually in for a treat! I opted for the French onion soup as a starter; it was probably one of the best versions I have ever had. Rich and flavorful. I ordered a meal-sized seared ahi salad, which I couldn't finish. It was a perfectly done rare chunk of fish on a wonderfully dressed green salad. But if I had the soup again, I would go with a small side salad. My friend opted for the tenderloin hash...chunks of melt-in-your-mouth steak with cubed potatoes and peppers. Ultimate comfort food.
It was a splurgy lunch, mainly because we both had a couple of drinks. My salad was about $20, my friend's entree was a little less and the soup was about $8. But definitely worth it. Luckily, I had just finished a major project and was able to be totally useless for the rest of the afternoon!