The Steak Capital

Moments to remember from recent trips to the Capital Grille? Biting into the first of many pan-fried calamari with hot cherry peppers ($10.95), an appetizer whose balance of flavors and perfect scrunchiness of mollusk deserves a handful of stars. Being served by the warmly professional Giselle, a waitress who knows that absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder yet that familiarity can breed a bad tip. Eavesdropping on a story about the time a neighboring diner met Naomi Campbell on a plane and listened with fascination as the model described her just-finished "interview" with Fidel Castro. Shamelessly following a forkful of medium-rare 14-ounce steak au poivre ($32.95) topped by a smoothly blended Courvoisier cream and peppercorn sauce with a generous mouthful of Sam's mashed potatoes, and then following that with a swallow of a superb pinot noir. Finishing every ounce of a 24-ounce porterhouse steak and feeling terribly good about the world.

Joe Rocco

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The Capital Grille

2430 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Fort Lauderdale

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Call 954-446-2000. Lunch 11:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner 5 till 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 till 10 p.m. Sunday.
2430 E. Sunrise Blvd. (in the Galleria), Fort Lauderdale

The Capital Grille may be a chain and its singular joys imperiled by all the cloning. But because of its national clout and consistently excellent delivery, the restaurant has already claimed its own local fan base, with word of mouth that can be heard among all the steak-house competition from Christy's in Coral Gables to Morton's the Steakhouse in West Palm Beach. Welcome to the neighborhood.

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