Category Archives: Steakhouse

The Capital Grille, Chestnut Hill

The Capital Grille is not just a restaurant; it is an experience. I was super excited to go here last night with Jeremy to celebrate my new job. I have been once before to the old location on Newbury Street when I turned 21, but I have not been back since. This past winter I went to Morton’s during restaurant week, which was also amazing, but I do have to say my experience last night was far superior. I loved every minute of being there, every bite of food and every sip of wine.
Restaurant Week is great. For those of you unfamiliar with it, each participating restaurant offers a 3-course meal for $33.12. There is also a lunch 3 course and 2 course menu as well. You have the choice of one appetizer or salad, one entrée and one dessert. Restaurants will offer anywhere from 2-5 options in each category. This is a great way to explore and try those top notch and ridiculously expensive restaurants we don’t dine at on a regular basis.
I was pleasantly surprised that they offered gluten free bread. Even more surprising, is that they don’t offer dinner rolls, but raisin sandwich bread. I found this a little odd but I did love the bread, it was more like having a slice of toast before my meal.
It is one of my favorite kinds, both Rudi’s and Udi’s make it and I’ve seen it at my local Trader Joe’s.
For starters, I ordered the Field Greens, Seasonal Vegetables with Shallot Champagne Vinaigrette. Loved the dressing but the salad was only lettuce and tomatoes, no other vegetables. I did like the lettuce though, a lot, and I wish I knew what kind it was so I can buy it! Jeremy had the Cesar salad, which was just ok. The lettuce was a little welted. 
We both ordered the Bone-In Kona Crusted Aged Sirloin. This was without a doubt one of the best steaks I have ever eaten. It was exceptional, expertly prepared, and cooked to perfection. It was beautifully seasoned with coffee beans and peppercorns. The coffee bean flavor really came through and gave it a nice little aftertaste. It had a nice crisp, charred texture on the outside and was unbelievably juicy on the inside, and incredibly flavorful – mouthwatering. The Shallot butter had flour in it so it was left off, but it didn’t need it, I didn’t miss it one bit. The steak was impeccable on it’s own. Not much more I can say besides that it was amazing and Capital Grille really holds up to its name. I can’t wait for restaurant week next year!
Even though it was restaurant week, the portion was big, not downscaled at all, like some other restaurants serve during restaurant week.
For our sides we shared the mashed potatoes and Grilled Vegetables. The mashed potatoes were ok, Jeremy loved them, I’m not a big mashed potato fan but I liked the smooth and creamy texture. The vegetables were tasty and nicely seasoned. 
For dessert I had the Flourless Chocolate Espresso Cake. It was dense, rich and bitter sweet. It was thick like fudge and I really enjoyed it. I needed a glass of milk to go with it though! It was served with a scoop of cream, which I loved dipping the cake in and which gave it a nice balance. The thick fudge like texture might turn some people off, but as a chocolate lover, this was devine.

Jeremy had the Crème Brulee. It was also very rich, topped with fresh berries and vey nicely caramelized. It was good; it tasted like every other crème brulee I’ve ever tried, nothing outstanding.
Our waiter was great, and even remember Jeremy from the last time he was there with 11 of his friends, but who wouldn’t remember a group of 12 rowdy guys?  He was very knowledgeable about the menu, very polite and gave us just the right amount of attention, filling our wine glasses when empty but giving us plenty of time to ourselves. We never once felt rushed or neglected. This was one of the best dinning experiences I’ve had.
During the summer (July 9 – September 2) Capital Grille offers “The Generous Pour” Summer Wine Event. For $25 per person, you get to try nine remarkable wines, as many pours as you would like. This was such a great opportunity to enjoy and try different wines. I tried all 4 reds, one white and the rosé. The wines were good, nothing exceptional, but I did like trying so many different kinds and I would do this again.
I highly recommend checking out Capital Grille during restaurant week. They also have a gluten free menu. 
Location:  250 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
                    900 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02115
Advertisements

Midwest Grill

 
Midwest Grill is a Brazilian BBQ, Churrascaria Rodizio restaurant, and the only one in the Boston/Cambridge area.
Churrascaria is a cooking style, which translates roughly into Barbeque, and describes a restaurant that serves mostly grilled/BBQ meats.
Rodizio is a style of restaurant service in Brazil where one pays a fixed price and waiters come around to the tables with food – usually meat – several times until you’ve had enough.
Midwest grill was my first Rodizio experience. Piece of advice, go VERY hungry! There is also a buffet, included in the fixed price, which has white rice, yellow rice, beans, stews, vegetables, fried plantains, meatballs, lasagna, and it goes on. I wouldn’t fill up on a lot of this. I did sample the two stews, both pork, one with chicken, and surprisingly I really liked the pork stew. When you are seated, you are given a card to indicate to the waiters whether or not you wanted food or you where done/needed a break.
 

Brazilian BBQ Pricing

Lunch    Monday – Friday       $13.95
Lunch    Saturday – Sunday    $14.95
Dinner   Sunday – Thursday   $21.95
Dinner   Friday – Saturday      $24.95
  
The service here wasn’t that great. It was pretty slow, as it was 8pm on a Sunday night, and I was shocked. We had to ask for water three times before my boyfriend got up and poured it himself. I was also surprised at the length of time between each ’round’ of meat.
The quality of the food was very good! I enjoyed most of the meats – sirloin, pork loin, sausage, lamb, chicken hearts, ribs, kielbasa and grilled pineapple. The only seasoning used on the meat is salt, so they are 100% safe and free of gluten.  
We also ordered Guarana, a popular, you guessed it, guarana-flavored soda in Brazil. It tasted like a more sweetened version of ginger ale.

Location: 1124 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA 02139 
second location in Saugus, MA

Morton’s The Steakhouse

Morton’s Steakhouse is great for gluten free dinning. They have a separate menu for us too 🙂 All of their steaks and fish dishes can be made gluten free; minus the au jus sauce.  All salads, with a few exceptions (i.e. croutons and salad dressings) are gluten free too. Our waitress was very aware of gluten allergies and was able to accommodate for me. She went out of her way for me and let me pick sides and desserts not offered on the Restaurant Week menu for no extra charge.
Our waitress was extremely friendly and very knowledgeable about the food and the wine list. The wait staff was attentive but not overbearing. But shaking my hand at the beginning of the meal, that was a little much. In the beginning of our meal my water glass was constantly filled, but as the night went on and the restaurant got busier, I was left with an empty water glass a few times, which shocks me
We all started out with the Morton’s Salad – eggs, anchovies. All salads are gluten free (minus the crotons) but none of the dressings are gluten free. I was a little shocked that the blue cheese dressing was not gluten free. So instead I had olive oil and vinegar.
(Morton’s Salad with eggs and anchovies on the side)
For my entrée I had the Broiled Salmon Filet with beurre blanc sauce. I didn’t ask for it, but the sauce came on the side. I always ask for it on the side, I am not sure why I didn’t here, but I love that they did that. I actually did not like this sauce at all. But I did really like the Hollandaise sauce that came with the broccoli and used this instead. It was so delicious! I tried a bit of my mom’s filet mignon and it was delicious; s o tender, it just melted in my mouth! 
They also put the sauces for the vegetables on the side. Our waitress suggested that we all choose a different side because they are big enough to share. Only two of the four vegetables offered on the Restaurant Week menu were gluten free, and since there was 3 of us, our waitress let us choose one from the regular menu, with no extra charge. We had the broccoli, garlic green beans (perfect amount of garlic that didn’t give you garlic breathe) and asparagus. The asparagus comes with a balsamic glaze, which she put on the side so my mom and her friend could enjoy. I know they are just vegetables but they were cooked to perfection, especially the asparagus. They were so big and fat. I am not usually an asparagus lover, but I realized it’s the way they are cooked is what I like or don’t like about them. The portion size was huge, plenty for three people to share (and have leftovers). 

The two desert options on the restaurant week menu were a Double Chocolate Mousse and Key Lime Pie, both of which were not gluten free. Again I was shocked and disappointed the Mousse was not gluten free, I’ve never heard of putting flour in mousse. On Morton’s gluten free menu online it has the Mousse listed on the gluten free menu but on their gluten free menu in the restaurant it is not. I didn’t want to take any risks, but they should clear this up! Our waitress once again offered me the two gluten free dessert options from their menu – crème brulee or fresh berries with whipped cream and a Sabayon sauce. I choose the crème brulee, which was the best decision. It was the best crème brulee I’ve ever had!! I even tried a bite of my mom’s mousse and the crème brulee was still the best, and this says a lot coming from a chocolate lover!
We enjoyed an amazing meal and had a wonderful 2 hour dinning experience at Morton’s. For $33.12 (and an extra $7 for the filet) you really can’t beat this price for top quality steak and service. The steak was the best steak I’ve ever had. The Steakhouses in Boston, and some of the other upscale dining establishments really do handle food allergies and intolerances well and go out of their way to accommodate me without making me feel like it is a burden (I’m you can relate to this).  Morton also has a soy free menu available for those who can’t eat soy. They would most likely be able to accommodate for any type of food allergy. 
Location: 2 Seaport Lane  Boston, MA 02210