By Hannah Chern
Day 1: Dinner at The Capital Grille
The first day of Kansas City Restaurant Week is on Friday Jan. 10, and I dined at The Capital Grille to taste a three course meal for $35
The Capital Grille, located in the iconic corner of the Country Club Plaza, is one of over 50 established across the nation. Though the restaurant opened back in 2001 at its original location on 4740 Jefferson St., the Capital Grille had moved to the new location in 2019. The Capital Grille is an upscale steakhouse that serves 18 to 24-day dry-aged steaks that are freshly cut by the restaurant’s butcher. The steaks are carefully prepared in order to optimize the freshness and tenderness of the meat, providing a high-end dish for customers.
As one of the participating restaurants in Kansas City Restaurant Week, the Capital Grille offers a lunch ($15) and dinner menu ($35) that offers a selection of different courses that come from their original menu. Both menus serve three courses—an appetizer, entrée and dessert—that vary between the lunch and dinner menu.
Click here to check out the Kansas City Restaurant Week menus at The Capital Grille.
Location: 4760 Broadway Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64112
First Course – Appetizer: Field Green Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette
For the first course, I ordered the Field Green Salad with Parmesan Vinaigrette. The appetizer was simple: green and purple leaves tossed with just the right amount of vinaigrette, topped with a twist of fresh-ground black pepper. The salad was also topped with slices of carrots, radishes and sliced cherry tomatoes which added a sweetness to the salad. The vinaigrette dressing is what tied all of the flavors of the salad together, creating a great balanced appetizer.
In addition to the salad, we were offered an assortment of bread that were accompanied by butter. From fresh, warm rolls to crunchy, sesame flatbread, the basket of bread was a perfect side for the meal.
Second Course – Entrée: 8-ounce Filet Mignon
For the second course, I ordered the 8-ounce filet mignon cooked medium-well. This entrée definitely exceeded my
expectations. The meat was the perfect texture; it was juicy and tender on the inside while the outside edges had the satisfying crunch to it. The filet was seasoned simply, yet the taste was exquisite and exuberated perfection as I ate each slice.
My entrée was accompanied by two sides: Sam’s Mashed Potatoes and French Beans with Heirloom Tomatoes. I am definitely a mashed potatoes person so I really enjoyed this side; the mashed potatoes were smooth and creamy and it had a lot of taste in every bite; the flavor did not become plain with every bite nor did it conflict with the filet mignon. In addition, the green beans provided some vegetables that paired well with the rest of the meal. Both the green beans and the tomatoes were sweet, yet savory, creating the perfect blend of vegetables alongside the meal. If two sides were to accompany the filet mignon, the mashed potatoes and the vegetable medley would be the two for sure.
Third Course – Dessert: The Capital Grille Cheesecake
Lastly, for dessert, I chose The Capital Grille Cheesecake. I normally don’t enjoy cheesecake, but this cheesecake has got me craving for more. At first glance, the cake looked small, but after eating the previous two courses, it was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. The round cheesecake had the perfect layer of buttery crust that complimented the sweet and creamy “cake” portion. The cake was also garnished with a medley of berries and sauce that offered a tangy twist to the sweetness of the cake. A little of the berry sauce and the cheesecake in each spoonful was the perfect way to end the delectable dinner.
Overall rating: 5/5
Overall, my dinner at The Capital Grille was unforgettable. Each of the courses had their own uniqueness that all came together in the end. The Capital Grille is a popular steakhouse with all of the customers and waiters bustling around the restaurant, but spending some time to indulge in the amazing KC Restaurant Week Dinner menu was definitely worth it. Between each course, I did not have to wait too long for food to arrive and the service was phenomenal. The food itself was a delicacy and everything about the experience was unforgettable. $35 for dinner at The Capital Grille was definitely worth it.