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Review: Capital Grille - Balt.

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Review: Capital Grille - Balt.

jck | Feb 27, 2006 09:54 AM

Let me first preface this by saying I am not generally a big lover of chain steakhouses, ie Ruth Cris, Flemings, etc. but my wife and I were guests of good friends and they made the selection. First and foremost, the service was top notch from the valet to the table and the meal was well paced. The pre-meal offering of mussel bisque was delicious and actually the tastiest thing I tried all night. The meal: For apps we had calamari stir-fried with cherry peppers and other spices (fresh and good, not great), Simple wedge salad w/ blue cheese & bacon (OK) and lump crab cocktail (good and hard to mess up). Everything comes super-sized so unless you are very hungry splitting the first course makes the most sense. For dinner I had a Kona-rubbed Sirloin (A tad overcooked from my requested med rare and the rub did not add much flavor but instead seemed to char up). The others ordered Tuna (nicely seasoned sesame encrusted), Swordfish (simply grilled & perfectly cooked), Fillet (looked a tad undersized and just OK), & I cannot recall the other dinner for the life of me. We ordered sides of potatoes au gratin (gloppy), creamed spinach (gloppy), and some sort of homemade onion crisps and fries( too oily). Pass on all 3! Everyone was too full for desert and there were 2 good cappucinos ordered.
All in all, we would not go back there again by our choice. It is more a business dinner type of place and it seems they have private rooms to accomidate that purpose. The food offerings seemed bland and not very adventuresome. I think the tables are too close together and the restaurant seems too noisy to have a casual dinner with friends. If I did go there again it would be to maybe sit at the bar, have a couple of cocktails and maybe an appetizer or 2. Granted, my wife and I are more of a sushi & eclectic-type chowhounds but if I need a white tablecloth upscale steak fix....I will head to The Prime Rib every time.

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