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Arnie Feb 9, 2009 10:31 AM

We're taking our teenage son to Capital Grille in Chestnut Hill for his birthday. (I know it's not Grill 23 or The Oak Room, but it's the best choice for us considering a number of factors.) Any dishes (apps, mains, desserts) to suggest? Any to avoid? How is the veal chop?

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    kimfair1 Feb 11, 2009 11:10 AM

    I'm another fan of the Kona rubbed sirloin. I'm also glad that I'm not the only one underwhelmed by Grill 23, compared to other steakhouses in town (and I've eaten at nearly every one).

    1. MC Slim JB Feb 11, 2009 03:30 AM

      Dry-aged Porterhouse, Lyonnaise potatoes.

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        Fishegg Feb 11, 2009 01:25 AM

        Personally, you're going there for a steak, right?, in all it's meaty goodness. I'd get one of their aged steaks, in the buff. I like the aged strip sirloin, the flavor can't be beat. That with creamed spinach, a wedge and mashies, can't be beat. We took the boys to the Burlington site for my birthday a couple years ago. If it's a special occassion, mention it, got me an outrageous pc of chocolate cake. Also, we asked and they gave us a tour of the meat locker and their aging process, not very glamorous but cool nontheless.

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          Gabatta Feb 10, 2009 06:36 PM

          Kona Crusted Sirloin (hold the shallot butter)

          1. MeffaBabe Feb 10, 2009 04:47 AM

            Believe it or not... I love their GRILLED lobster- the best I have ever had anywhere, then again I don't know of another place that GRILLs their lobsters... tender, delicious and without all the water content that the typical boiled lobster brings to the plate. It is cracked open and easy to eat- when my boss was paying- I was ordering the 4 pounder- I am in heaven thinking about those days!!!

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              justbeingpolite Feb 10, 2009 06:05 AM

              I took my then 14 yr old son to the CG for his birthday last year. He still talks about how good the rib-eye he had was! Or was it a Delmonico? What's the difference?

              1. re: justbeingpolite
                BobB Feb 10, 2009 11:21 AM

                Same thing.

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                  justbeingpolite Feb 10, 2009 11:37 AM

                  That's what I thought. It's good, whatever you call it.

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              SmugLump Feb 9, 2009 08:40 PM

              First off, I agree with Macadamianut; have never been to the Oak Room, but in I have been to Grill 23, Morton's, Smith & Wollensky's, Flemings, Ruth's Chris, and Abe & Louie's, and none of these places are better than Capital Grille. And if you're going there, I suggest getting the Steak Tartare (off the menu but they will still make it for you...and no, I don't think I'm Gordon Gecko). The Au Gratin potatoes could be the best side I've had in a long time (close second are the Fleming's Potatoes), but the best things they offer are the Kona Rubbed Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter and the Rafinelli Zinfandel. Last time I went my friend got the Porcini Rubbed Delmonico, and I thought it was amazing as well, but seriously, you really have to get the Kona rubbed Sirloin...and if you have a few extra bucks to spend , ask them to up the weight to at least a 20oz cut...nothing I like better than a brick-sized well-marbled sirloin

              I like the Capital Grille. I don't work there or have any stake (no pun inte...oh whatever) in the company. Don't get anything besides a steak. Trust me.

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                fabeneag Feb 9, 2009 11:52 AM

                Porcini rubbed, balsamic glazed delmonico is OUTSTANDING!!!

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                  mjg0725 Feb 11, 2009 07:24 AM

                  I had this preparation one time and I hated it. The poor steak was swimming in a puddle of low quality balsamic that covered the bottom of the entire plate. The vinegar completely overwhelmed the flavor of the meat. The menu makes this sound like the steak is glazed with some type of reduction, not swimming for it's life in a puddle of black water.

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                  ShelT54 Feb 9, 2009 11:51 AM

                  go with the sirloin strip. sides are over-rated. get yourself a martini, as they do mix a good one.

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                    macadamianut Feb 9, 2009 11:49 AM

                    I have had much better meals at Capital Grill than Grill 23. The seafood Tower is fantastic. The calamari appetizer is excellent too. The carpaccio is great. The steaks are always delicious. My favorite sides are the creamed spinach and the au gratin potatoes. The Cheesecake is so moist and creamy, it's maybe the best I have ever had. The service has always been attentive and warm. I love it there and it's always a treat!!!

                    1. hotoynoodle Feb 9, 2009 10:40 AM

                      get a rib-eye, or a sirloin -- they will have the most flavor. why do people go to steak houses and not order steak?

                      calamari app is excellent and the oysters are usually good too. stick with the basics.

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                        treb Feb 10, 2009 07:12 AM

                        2nd the calamari app, and the ribeye is one of my favs along with the onion rings and fried potatoes. I've never been disappointed with any of their menu choices. Don't get the kid too many green vegies!

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