Heels on Hardwood

Heels on hardwood, the gentle clinking of wine glasses, a mint leaf garnish on homemade ice cream.

Not a complete sentence, but definitely the complete vision of an elegant evening. When The Capital Grille in North Hills first reached out to me, I was excited because YUM, yet worried that you all would roll your eyes and not relate to a post about a restaurant know for its $75 steaks. Solution to all my worries: the new special: The Butcher & The Baker on Sundays.

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Every Sunday, The Capital Grille has a special feature, The Butcher & Baker, which includes a three-course dinner, featuring entrées prepared by the in-house Butcher, shareable sides, and dessert (the best part). It is the perfect way to experience super fine dining and get the best bang for your buck. The special costs $45 per person and even between 4 adults we all had leftovers. Except of the dessert, we ate that entire apple crostata and it was spectacular.

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The Sunday special is meant for small groups and families so I invited some family friends and their kids to enjoy it all with me. Multiple nights a week, the Reed family shares their home and lots of coffee with me, and I always raid their fridge hahaha so I figured I owed them a meal on me. I am so grateful to have friends like them that enjoy hang outs that are pajamas preferred and are always super casual. Sitting around their table enjoying a pourover and playing rummy have become some of my favorite memories.

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We gathered for dinner and started with a round of drinks. Shoutout to our the waitstaff recommendation of the Sauvignon Blanc because now I know my new fave white wine. Our first course was the Chef’s Seasonal Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Mixed Baby Greens, Radishes, Baby Carrots, Heirloom Tomatoes with Parmesan Vinaigrette.

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I am not a huge fan of red meat, so I ordered the Crab Stuffed Shrimp: Baked Lump Crab Stuffing with Sherry and Lobster Butter Sauce. My pet peeve is when restaurant portions are huge and I have little self control and eat so much that I feel gross, so I was super pleased when my dish was the perfect amount. I enjoyed every bite.

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My favorite part to no one’s surprise was coffee and dessert. The bakers outdid themselves let me tell you. On the menu for the shareable dessert is Warm Apple Crostata, with Cinnamon Streusel and House-made Vanilla Ice Cream. THE ICE CREAM WAS SO GOOD. I don’t usually care much about ice cream, but if its homemade, it’s a whole nother story.

If you want a special evening with loved ones, I highly recommend visiting The Capital Grille. The service was impeccable. The staff was great at giving helpful order suggestions and went above and beyond to keep the two children with us, happy and entertained.

Life is short. Don’t forget to splurge once in a while. Homemade ice cream is too good not to. And that’s all the good advice I have for you today. xoxo.

-from Anna with love

Anna Haddock