Sunday, April 8, 2012

Spring has sprung so hop into The Capital Grille for a little treasure of the season

Ah, Spring. A time for renewal, self-assessment, a little cleaning, and a visit to The Capital Grille to sample their new lunch "Plates" menu featuring three new selections that are perfect for the season:  Asparagus Soup, Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice and Grilled Spring Vegetables. 

As always, guests of The Capital Grille can customize their lunch, choosing from nine “plates” offerings – soup or salad, sandwich and a side – all for $18.

According to Executive Chef Matthew Price, it’s out with the cold!  “The new Spring “Plates” lunch menu really highlights some of the crisp, garden-fresh ingredients that are in-season now. Fresh asparagus is the quintessential spring vegetable, and it stars in our Asparagus Soup. This dish serves as a delightful way to start your lunch.  For a sweet and spicy kick, try our Shrimp and Piquillo Peppers with Crisp Bomba Rice.  We are also pleased to offer side dishes made with the freshest spring ingredients, like our Grilled Spring Vegetables, and French Green Beans, both light and refreshing additions to any of our lunch entree selections.”

On a recent visit, I sampled the shrimp, piquillo peppers and rice. The crispy bomba rice was fantastic. Served in a little cast iron pot, the rice was plump and full with crispy edges all around. My favorite part a of a good paella is getting lots of crispy rice, and sometimes you don't get that much depending on what part of the large pan you're served. With this dish, I was able to have my crispy rice (and eat it too).

My guest chose the mini tenderloins sliders with truffle fries. I wasn't able to sample (not even a bite) as he quickly devoured the mini sandwiches, but my general impression from watching him was that they were quite tasty. In fact, he claimed the tenderloins practically melted in his mouth. I was able to grab a couple of the truffle fries, and with their sprinkle of Parmesan and the earthy flavor of truffles, the ubiquitous spuds become nearly elevated to entree status (at least to us fans of fries).

For guests with a limited amount of time at lunch, The Capital Grille ensures they can enjoy the personalized service and mouth-watering cuisine that characterize a Capital Grille dining experience and still be on their way in about 45 minutes.  Guests can also tempt their appetites with traditional lunch favorites like French Onion Soup, The Grille’s Signature Cheeseburger, Rib eye Steak Sandwich with Caramelized Onions and Havarti or the Lobster and Crab Burger, among other classics.

The Capital Grille is located at 9101 International Drive, Suite 100. Reservations can be made by calling 407-370-4392 or by visiting In addition to its main dining room, The Capital Grille also features private dining rooms for up to 36 guests, as well as a Chef’s Table accommodating up to 10 guests, with a frontline view of the open kitchen.  

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