Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Capital Grille Lunch

Eight hours is a long time to go without a good meal, especially when you, um, work for a living. So what's a girl to do but constantly seek out a fantabulous weekday lunch?

Unfortunately, fantabulous sometimes = longer than my hour lunch break so the quest can be difficult. WAH.

But wait, what's that you say, Cap Grille? You're gonna serve me three courses for $18 in an hour? We'll see about that.

You could definitely say that when I got invited to try out the new "Plates" menu options I was a little skeptical. Three courses? For $18? What is this like a tasting menu with wittle baby portions?

NAHHH. Not even.
OK, maybe not everyone is going to choose the Wagyu cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and crispy onions as their main course, but man, you really should. For a place known for their dry-aged steaks, it's pretty tough to turn down a red meat option. Also, NOM. Jeebus, make sure you don't have any afternoon meetings.

I mean, yea.
 Other noobs include a roasted red pepper soup (very rich and flavorful) and roasted root vegetables (oh hayy health), but I also tried the lobstah roll, clam chowder, green beans and truffle fries and they were pretty damn clutch.
Clam chowdah


Looks pretty plain, but this def packed a punch

You know I love my lobstah baby. Almosttt as good as in Boston.

Alright, so I guess you can say I'm a believer now. You can find me napping under my desk if you need me.


Capital Grille (locations nationwide, but this is the one near my office)
1861 International Drive
McLean, VA 22102
703-448-3900

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Finally! Graffiato

Life can sometimes be mysterious and make us question a lot of complex issues. What is the meaning of life? Am I on the right career path? What will my future entail? Why did I do those things in college, and why are there so many photos to document said actions?! (thanks a lot, Facebook timeline!)

Lately, two questions have been plaguing my troubled mind: why the EFF did it take me so long to try Graffiato, and why am I so lazy I haven't posted about it?! Sometimes, all we can do is ponder, but in this case my roommate just yelled at me to write and she's the boss so here I am.

Ah, Graffiato. More than a year ago, I was borderline peeing my pants in anticipation for your arrival to Penn Quarter and now I've finally had Mike Isabella's treats sans the Jose Andres umbrella.

Loved the restaurant space, the location and the slightly hipstery vibe. And the food? Everything was good. I mean, seriously, everything.

PEPPERONI SAUCE - get it now, I'm serious and it totally lives up to the hype. It's like 9 billion pepperoni slices were pureed to liquid pepperoni perfection. I would swim in this and nothing could be wrong with the world.

Porky's Revenge pizza - sopressata, pepperoni, sausage, tomato, stracciatella
Jersey Shore pizza - fried calamari, tomato, provolone, cherry pepper aioli
Glorious pork belly
Brussel sprouts with pancetta, maple and egg
Warm pistachio cake, dreamy
Pork belly was so good we ordered it twice. Jersey Shore pizza was spicy bomb-ness but Porky's Revenge was THE truth. Also, brussel sprouts. With egg? OK with me. Also, let's talk about this pistachio cake. Never had anything like it. It was light and heavenly and not too sweet, comes with honey mascarpone gelato and I want it as my birthday cake (HINT, HINT).

I'm pretty sure you could order anything here and leave with that stupid I-just ate so good-smile on your face. You get that too, right?

So when you're pondering life's complexities and it...makes you hungry... do yourself a favor and find something to dip in the pepperoni sauce. THAT might actually be what this whole life thing is all about anyway.

Graffiato
707 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-289-3600