Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Capital Grille -- The Verdict

Wrote one reviewer: "The burger was a knockout. The only big deductions were on ancillary points --> ambiance (GOP convention, anyone?) and value (duh). The beef was fantastic, loved the broiled cheese and the presentation, and the server was a treat." We pretty much all agreed, and at least one of our members is anxiously awaiting the next GOP convention. We very much liked the salty, smokey, bacon-y flavor. Great onion roll bun. The broiled cheese led another reviewer to compare it to a meaty pizza. Was there chicken stock in the burger? -- 'cause it was very juicy. Again, the service was terrific. If there's an expense account available and a carnivore to impress, this would be a great place to exercise it. With an average 87, we have a new leader.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

State and Lake -- The Verdict

A strong char taste would have Proust reminisce about his youth spent dancing around the outdoor grill. A very nice burger results. Flavorful, smokey, and juicy -- but not greasy. "Perfectly cooked" and well topped with flavorful havarti ("the meat of cheeses"). Fun condiments and sides, including great hush puppies ("yummy fried goodness"), make a great experience. The $19 "Big Girl Burger" features a broad, decadent slice of pork belly, but was a bit of a handling challenge. Maybe the bun could have held up a little better, and maybe you need an extra napkin, but if that's the worst thing that happens to you all week, you're doing pretty good. Score: a very respectful 82.

State and Lake Burger (cured tomatoes, charred onions, fries) -- $14; Big Girl Burger (fried egg, sauteed mushrooms, crispy pork belly) -- $19

Exhibit 8 -- State and Lake