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Capital Grille Gets You In and Out of Lunch in 45 Minutes Flat

Wagyu Beef Burger on the Plated Lunch Menu at Capital Grille

Capital Grille rolled out a new lunch option earlier this month – serve customers a high quality, multi-course, customizable meal in 45 minutes flat, allowing those of us who watch a lunch hour clock the ability to have a delicious meal and still meet time constraints.  A friend and I were invited guests of The Capital Grille in Uptown earlier this week to try out the Plated Lunch menu and test if we really could get in and out in 45 minutes.

Capital Grille's Roasted Red Pepper Soup (front) and Clam Chowder (back)

The concept is easy, enjoy a soup or salad to start, then dig into one of their unique sandwich combinations paired with a seasonal side dish.  Options include a delicious and fresh Roasted Red Pepper Soup with a Sweet Potato and Pepper Hash; classic, creamy Clam Chowder or a Seasonal Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette, followed by a selection of sandwiches including a decadent Wagyu Beef Burger complete with Havarti cheese and a Fried Egg on a Brioche bun, to Filet Sliders with Boursin and Mushrooms, to a traditional Lobster Roll with tons of fresh lobster.  Sides range from Parmesan Truffle fries to Roasted Root Veggies to an interesting spin on green beans, sauteed with ginger, garlic, onions and tomatoes.  Indulgent, scrumptious and filling.

The best flavors had to come from the red pepper soup and the Wagyu burger….add a fried egg to anything and it is good….though I am slightly surprised it didn’t have bacon on it as well, that would have clearly taken it over the top though.  And as promised, we had everything in and out in a timely manner ensuring I would have time to run by Starbuck’s on the way back to the office for my afternoon caffeine fix, if needed.

Though all was delicious, they do call this menu “lighter fare” and there really isn’t anything light about it, other than somewhat smaller portion sizes to some of their normal meals.
However, without question, the food is savory, hearty and well executed and the gracious staff makes a quick lunch seem like you have enjoyed leisurely afternoon get away.

5 comments on “Capital Grille Gets You In and Out of Lunch in 45 Minutes Flat

  1. Did Capital Grille get it’s start in D.C. or perhaps that was another of the same name? If so, they used to serve skillet cornbread at the table ala ZTejas Grill (R.I.P). Oh well.

  2. I’ve posted previously that I was not impressed with Capital Grille during my one and only visit, but it is sure impressed with itself! I tried the plated lunch and was underwhelmed and overcharged. BLEAH

  3. But on the other hand I had my birthday lunch there the other day and they do know how to celebrate an occasion with and for you….and the lobster bisque was the best ever…and I am from Boston!