“Plates” Lunch at Capital Grille

March 29, 2012

I was invited to check out Chevy Chase Capital Grille’s special “Plates” lunch, also available at the Tyson’s Corner location. For $18, diners choose one plate from each of three categories. My friend and I chose the asparagus soup and mixed greens salad from the first category. (The third option in this category was clam chowder.) From the second category, we skipped the lobster roll and opted for the mini sirloin sandwiches and the shrimp and piquillo peppers. In the third category, we went for truffle fries (of course!) and roasted root vegetables.  All in all, I think it’s a good deal, good food, and the service at Capital Grille was impeccable, as usual. If you’re in a hurry, I’m told that the staff can get you out in 45 minutes. Win win, right?

While all the dishes we tried were solid, the shrimp and piquillo peppers dish was the clear standout. It came in a small cast iron skillet with a generous portion of perfectly-cooked shrimp. The shrimp and delicate strands of piquillo peppers sat on top of crispy, cheesy, and scrumptious rice. The dish was sinfully delectable. I could have eaten a second skillet of it. Easy. A close second were the mini sirloin sandwiches (two per serving). The sirloin was tender, the buns were buttery, toasted, and came with what appeared to be a herbed aioli. The components worked really well together.

And, if you (slackers) still haven’t made plans for Easter brunch, the Chevy Chase and Tyson’s Corner locations are offering a brunch buffet for only $48 ($18 for children).  The menu looks great and last I checked they still had availability.  The buffet includes a raw bar with shrimp cocktail, fresh oysters, and Jonah crab claws; salads and soups; a breakfast station with the usual suspects (eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, etc.); beef tenderloin with the Grille’s special Kona rub; lamb loin; and finally a desert table with all sorts of tasty treats.  Oh, did I mention that you can also order made-to-order lobster benedict?  The children’s menu includes mac and cheese, chicken fingers, mini burgers, and fruit.

Capital Grille, Chevy Chase
  5310 Western Ave.
  (Steps from Friendship Heights metro)
  Chevy Chase, MD 20815
Tel: (301) 718-7812
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30am - 3pm
          Sat noon-4pm
Easter Brunch:  11am-3pm


Capital Grille, Tyson's Corner
  1861 International Drive
  (corner of International & Route 7)
McLean, VA 22102
Tel: (703) 448-3900
Lunch: Mon- Fri 11:30am-3pm
Easter Brunch: 11am-3pm

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