“Women Who Eat Out”
Each month, “Women Who Eat Out” (as we call ourselves), seek a restaurant willing to take on the demands of those in our age bracket. Having been cooped up for the last few years, we are now in the mood for something more than Doordash deliveries.
Where to Go?
Recently we lunched at Capital Grille, which fulfilled 90-some percent of our dining requirements. And what might those be, you ask?
Well, when it comes to eating out, we can be picky. We want a hip menu, handsome décor, and an attentive server. White tablecloths and napkins offer a charming touch, as do nicely-spaced tables with soft seating, and easy music from an era we recognize. Extra rating points go to restaurants with valet, or nearby, parking.
During cold weather, we want cozy—no overhead fans, drafty corners, or outside entrances, that let in gushes of arctic air. Of course, we want all this at a price that doesn’t require raiding our retirement accounts.
I say all this tongue in cheek. We also frequent a number of charming places on South Grand, for a taste of new cuisine served in a funky setting, but nonetheless delicious. Such outings make us feel like Dora the Explore on a global adventure.
Do Your Online Research
The widely acclaimed national chain brightens a corner of South Hanley in downtown Clayton. The spiffy restaurant has the location and the culinary creds to make it the perfect spot for a business lunch or an evening of fine dining. With more than 50 sites nationwide, they’re definitely doing something right.
I checked Capital Grill’s online menu before we arrived. Knowing what you want, takes the last-minute indecision out of ordering. So when the nice server with pencil and pad in hand, smiles and says, “Are we ready to order?” I can respond with a hearty yes, rather than wave him away while I take a few minutes more peering blankly into the menu.
More Information Than I Need
Don’t Tell Me
Capital Grille lists the calorie count next to their menu items. I’m not sure that’s a good thing from a marketing perspective. Their Signature Cheeseburger with Truffle Fries racks up a total of 1,290 calories, while the Roasted Chicken Breast with Mushrooms and Parmesan Risotto is a more modest 640 calories.
I’d rather not know that.
Capital Grille. 101 S. Hanley, Clayton. Open: Fri 11:30a-11p; Lounge: 11:30a-9p. Lunch: 11:30a-4p. Dinner: 4p-9p; Sat- Sun 5p-9p.