Why? The Capital Grille!

I have to say, I’ve been eyeing the progress on the new The Capital Grille at Legacy Village with baited breath. When I lived in DC, it was a favorite spot (mostly when my parents came to town, since I was living on grad school loans). So, you can imagine my excitement when I found out one was being built in the Cleveland area.

I have a tendency to vilify chain restaurants. But there’s a pretty wide swath in between a place like Outback Steakhouse  and The Capital Grille. This swanky, upscale, classic steakhouse is worth setting aside any chain restaurant notions.

Last week, Kimberly (who loves The Capital Grille from her Florida days) and I snagged seats at the bar and enjoyed a dinner of appetizers. We each started with the cream of corn soup with creme fraiche. As hot as it’s been, this is a wonderful summer soup.

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For our appetizer-dinner, we ordered the lobster and crab cakes, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella, and tuna tartare.

The lobster and crab cakes were phenomenal! They were all meaty seafood with very little filler.

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Served with a corn salad and aioli, these are a must-order item!

The prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella was delicious as well. Filled with gooey mozzarella cheese, these are like adult, gourmet mozzarella sticks.

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And the tuna tartare, served with avocado, mango, and Sriracha was a great balance of spicy and sweet, packed with lots of fresh flavor.

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Unable to pass up dessert, we ordered the ice cream trio with homemade cookies. Our ice cream flavors were chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry cookie dough (it may sound strange but it was AMAZING). And the shortbread and double chocolate chip cookies were the perfect compliment.

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Of course, I can’t wait to go back to The Capital Grille and dive into a big steak, but this appetizer dinner gave us a broad taste of the flavors and skill at play in their kitchen. This wonderful steakhouse, known around the country for its quality, is now in Cleveland, so be sure to give it a try!

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